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WordPress 4.1 Update

WordPress has just announced the release of WordPress 4.2, named “Powell” in honor of legendary jazz musician Bud Powell. Learn about the new WP 4.2 changes here.

WordPress Update

Learn about the new WP 4.1 updates, security fixes and features improvements and what to do before updating your software.

WordPress has just released WP version 4.1, named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington.

Here are just some of the changes you will see in the new version:

WordPress Twenty Fifteen Theme

Coinciding with the release of version 4.1 is a new default theme called Twenty Fifteen, which provides WordPress users with a blog-focused theme designed for clarity …

WordPress Update 4.1 - Twenty Fifteen

The new WordPress default theme is a responsive theme, so it will look great on any device.

Twenty Fifteen features flawless language support, Google’s Noto font family and straightforward typography that is readable on any screen size.

The new theme’s emphasis is on putting your content center stage, whether viewed on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

WordPress 4.1

Distraction-Free Writing Mode

WordPress version 4.1 also lets you concentrate on writing content without distractions with distraction-free writing mode.

WordPress 4.1

When you start typing, all the distractions on your screen fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when you need them.

WP version 4.1

Additional Version 4.1 Release Notes

Here are some other changes you will see when you next log into your WordPress admin area after updating to WordPress version 4.1:

Choose A Language

WP version 4.1 is already translated into 44 languages, with more always in progress. You can switch to any translation on the General Settings screen.

WordPress 4.1

Vine Embeds

WP 4.1

Embedding videos from Vine is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post.

Go here to see the full list of supported embeds.

Log Out Everywhere

If you’ve ever worried you forgot to sign out from a shared computer, you can now go to your profile and log out everywhere.

WordPress v. 4.1

Plugin Recommendations

The plugin installer suggests plugins for you to try. Recommendations are based on the plugins that you and other users have installed.

WP v. 4.1

WordPress 4.1 includes a number of other enhancement and bug-fixes.

Important WordPress Update Tips

WP 4.1

We recommend doing the following before upgrading to any new version of WordPress:

  • Perform a complete backup of all your WordPress files and database.
  • Search online for any problems or issues that other WordPress users may be experiencing with the new version. This includes incompatibilities and conflicts with plugins, themes, and other issues (just search for “WP version 4.1 problems”, then go through some of the results to see what kind of issues and errors users are experiencing).
  • Once you have done the above, then upgrade to the new version as soon as possible to ensure that your site remains protected against any security vulnerabilities found in previous versions.

WordPress 4.1

Note: All images shown above were sourced from WP v. 4.1 release material.

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WordPress 3.9 Update

WordPress Version 3.9, code-named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, was released to the public on April 16, 2014. WP 3.9 provides a smoother media editing experience for users.

WordPress, the world’s leading web publishing platform and content management system just keeps getting better.

WordPress Version 3.9, code-named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, was released to the public on April 16, 2014. This version aims to close the gap between editing and publishing content, and focuses on providing a smoother media editing experience for users.

If you currently use WordPress to power your website, you will see an update message inside your WP dashboard when you next log in …

WP3.9 Changes

WarningRemember to always back up your WordPress files and database before upgrading!

If you need help updating your WordPress site to the latest version or backing up your site, please refer to these step-by-step tutorials:

According to the official WordPress 3.9 release announcement, the new WordPress version features the following:

  • A smoother media editing experience.
  • Improved visual editing – speed, accessibility, and mobile support. You can paste content into the visual editor directly from your Word processor software (e.g. Microsoft Word) without having to clean up any hidden styling code junk.
  • Edit images easily – quicker access to crop and rotation tools, scale images directly in the editor.
  • Drag and drop your images right onto the editor
  • Image gallery previews right in the editor
  • Showcase music and clips with simple audio and video playlists
  • Live widget and header image previews in the Customizer
  • Stunning new theme browser

WordPress 3.9 - Improved Visual And Media Editing

WordPress 3.9 - Gallery Previews

WordPress 3.9 - Audio And Video Playlists

WordPress 3.9 - Live Widget And Header Previews

WordPress 3.9 - New Theme Browser

WordPress 3.9 – What’s New

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Below is a list of some of the new changes, fixes and improvements made to WordPress in version 3.9.

General

  • The “update” message has been restored to the dashboard

Posts

  • Add “Return to post editor” link from Revisions screen
  • A “View Post” link will now show for any post an author can read
  • Distraction Free Writing mode is now responsive to any size device

Media

  • Edit images from the Add Media modal
  • Improvements to the “Attach Media” pop-up interface
  • Better support for auto-playing videos
  • Drag and Drop files into the editor
  • Full-screen Drag and Drop zone in Distraction Free Writing
  • oEmbed support added for imgur and meetup.com

Comments

  • Small improvements to comment administration screens, link colors, language tweaks

Appearance

  • Widget Customizer management
  • Upload header images with cropping in the Customizer
  • Improved theme install workflow

Users

  • Admin auto-complete improvements
  • Make sure the “Send this password to the new user by email” toggle option value is remembered

Accessibility

  • Improved focus styles for form elements throughout the admin
  • Keyboard accessibility added for theme install screen and theme action buttons

Install Process

  • Make it easier to customize the install process
  • Passwords with apostrophes are no longer allowed on installation

A number of technical fixes and improvements were also made to WordPress. For more details about these, visit the official WordPress v3.9 release page here: WordPress 3.9

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WordPress 3.8 Update

In version 3.8, WordPress introduced a redesigned WP administration area. The new WordPress 3.8 redesign does not affect any of the functionality of WordPress as described in the WPTrainMe tutorials. It is only a cosmetic change.

WordPress released version 3.8 on December 12, 2013.

In version 3.8, WordPress introduced a complete new redesign of the WP administration area …

WP Admin Area

The new design is a cosmetic change and affects only how the WordPress administration pages look. It does not affect any of the functional aspects or features of WordPress described in the tutorials.

New WordPress Features

Essentially, administrators can customize the look of the WordPress Dashboard by selecting a global color scheme in the User Profile section …

Edit WordPress Profile

WordPress now lets you choose color schemes for your administration pages, so you can work in a colorful environment to suit your own personal taste …

50 Reasons To Choose WordPress

The redesign includes not only changes to the administration color scheme, it also changes the typeface, and adds icons to dashboard menus and elements …

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The ‘Themes’ section also has a more streamlined grid design …

Themes Section

Additional improvements make it easier to work on WordPress across all devices …

50 Reasons For Choosing WordPress

For full details of the new WordPress version features and changes visit the official WordPress news release page below:

Note: Apart from the changes mentioned above, the new redesigned WordPress admin does not affect any of the functional aspects or features of WordPress described in the tutorials.

Video: Version 3.8 Changes

Note: All images shown above were sourced from WP v. 3.8 release material.

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