Friday saw the release of WordPress 4.0 also dubbed as “Benny”, named after jazz great Benny Goodman. Further to the post that I wrote a couple of months ago – what can we expect from the latest version of the open source platform? Watching the video (below), we can see that the team at WordPress are making editing, creating and managing content into a more “seamless” process than in previous versions of WordPress. Let’s take a look at some of the features that have been refined since the Beta version was released.
In previous versions of WordPress, whilst editing a large post, the editing tools didn’t fit into the window. This problem has been resolved, and they have now been made to stick to the top of the page so that they are close at hand for editing purposes. This is the same for the publishing options too, thus improving the “seamless editing of content”.
The preview of embedded media is one of the key features to note. Previously, when embedding media you would only see the code within the editor. Now you can preview and see how any videos look within the editor (hopefully negating the need to preview the post). This also works for many embeddable media including Tweets.
Finding the right plugin is made even easier in WordPress 4.0. Searching for a plugin via the admin interface now displays an improved view for available plugins. Viewing reviews of individual plugins is now possible within the admin interface rather than having to be redirected to another site.
The media library has been made more intuitive. The endless scroll feature means that finding the right media is all on one page as opposed to flicking between many pages to find the asset you require. The grid view is also a great addition to the media library – being able to skim through the files in your library and edit them makes the new updated library much easier and cleaner than before.
There are also many ‘under the hood’ fixes in the latest release of WordPress. If you’re using the platform, be sure to update WordPress to avoid any security issues that may have been identified with earlier versions of WordPress.
The release video from WordPress
How to Upgrade
The upgrade process is an easy one. One option is to login into your WordPress admin system and click on the “Please Update Now” link. This will update WordPress automatically. There is also an option to download and install the update yourself, if you need some assistance get in touch.
Let us know what you think of the latest version below.