WordPress 4.7 Vaughan – New WP Version Released

WordPress has just released v.4.7, named “Vaughan” as a tribute to jazz vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan. Learn about the new WordPress v.4.7 changes here.

WP 4.7New WP Version: WP V. 4.7

WordPress has just released WordPress v. 4.7, named “Vaughan” in honor of legendary jazz vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan.

WordPress 4.7 - Vaughan

WordPress v. 4.7, released on December 6, 2016 is all about helping you get your site set up the way you want it.

Here are just a few of the changes you will see in WordPress 4.7:

2017 Theme

Coinciding with the release of version 4.7 is a new WordPress Theme called Twenty Seventeen …

WordPress 4.7 - Twenty Seventeen Theme

(WordPress 4.7 – Twenty Seventeen Theme)

The Twenty Seventeen WordPress theme has been built from the ground up for businesses. The theme includes large images with sleek design throughout, making it ideal for both small and large business  …

WordPress Twenty Seventeen Theme

(WordPress Twenty Seventeen Theme)

The new default Twenty Seventeen theme focuses on business sites and features a customizable front page with multiple sections. You can personalize it with widgets, navigation, social menus, a logo, custom colors, and more. This theme works great in many languages, on any device, and for a wide range of users.

WordPress 4.7 also adds new features to the customizer that take you through the initial setup of a theme with non-destructive live previews of all your changes and allows you to work uninterrupted …

Theme Starter Content

Starter content helps you visualize how you would like your site to appear before customizing it to fit your needs  …

WP version 4.7 - Theme Starter Content

(Theme Starter Content)

Individual themes can provide starter content that displays when you go to customize your brand new site. Starter content can range from placing a business information widget on your site, to providing a sample menu with social icon links, to a static front page with beautiful images. Nothing will display on your live site until you’re ready to save and publish your initial theme setup …

Theme Starter Content

(2017 WordPress Theme)

Visual Edit Shortcuts

v. 4.7 also adds new visual edit shortcuts that allow visible icons to appear that show you which parts of your site can be customized while live previewing. Clicking on a shortcut lets you go straight to editing …

Visual Edit Shortcuts

(WordPress v. 4.7 – Visual Edit Shortcuts)

Video Headers

version 4.7 also lets you enhance your site visually by adding video headers to create a dynamic effect …

WP version 4.7 - Video Headers

(WordPress 4.7 – Video Headers)

Additional WP V. 4.7 Release Notes

Here are some other changes you will see when you next log into your WordPress admin area after updating to version 4.7:

Smoother Menu Building

You can now add new pages to your menu that you have not previously created. This allows you to build your site’s navigational structure without losing focus, or having to interrupt your work by exiting the ‘Menu’ screen and going to the ‘Pages’ section to create a new page …

WordPress 4.7 - Smoother Menu Building

(Smoother Menu Building)

Custom CSS

A new ‘CSS panel’ has been added to the Theme Customizer area, giving you further theme customization control. If you know how to work with CSS, you can make style changes to your theme and preview your changes in real-time …

Custom CSS

(WP 4.7 – Custom CSS)

PDF Thumbnail Previews

Uploading PDFs to WordPress will generate thumbnail images so you can distinguish more easily between your documents. …

WordPress 4.7 - PDF Thumbnail Previews

(PDF Thumbnail Previews)

Dashboard In Your Language

If your site is managed by multiple users living in different countries who speak different languages, you can now add more languages to your site and a user language option will show up in your users’ profiles, allowing each user to work on your site in the language of their choice …

WordPress version 4.7 - Dashboard In Your Language

(Dashboard In Your Language)

Underline And Justify Buttons Removed From The Editor In WordPress 4.7

The WordPress development team has removed the Underline and Justify buttons from the visual editor in version 4.7, as it was felt that underlining text can confuse readers who may interpret it as a hyperlink and the justify button was removed because most web browsers that render CSS and HTML lack sophisticated page layout functions to adjust the gaps left in words by justification and can make text less readable.

Underline And Justify Buttons Removed From The Editor In WordPress 4.7

(Underline And Justify Buttons Removed From The Editor In WordPress 4.7)

Important

Although the buttons have been removed from the toolbar, you can still use the keyboard shortcuts for both buttons.

WP REST API

This allows developers to build new and innovative methods of interacting with WordPress sites and add new and exciting features that will integrate with external sites and applications using plugins, themes, apps, and more …

WP v. 4.7 - WP REST API

(WP 4.7 – WP REST API)

WordPress version 4.7 – Additional Enhancements

In addition to the improvements and enhancements listed above, WordPress 4.7 also includes a number of other enhancements and bug-fixes.

Watch the official release video for WordPress 4.7 below …

(WordPress 4.7 Vaughan)

Important WP Update Tips

WordPress v. 4.7 - WP Update

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 (search Google for something like “WordPress v.4.7 Vaughan problems” or “WP 4.7 Vaughan bugs”, 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 v. 4.7 - Important Update Tips

Important

If you don’t want to back up your site manually, then get assistance from a WordPress professional, or use a WordPress backup plugin.

help You can learn more about a great WordPress backup plugin that we recommend using to completely automate your WordPress file and data backups here:

redarrow Back Up, Duplicate And Protect Your WordPress Websites With Backup Creator WordPress Plugin

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How To Manage WordPress Themes

Learn how to manage, update, and delete WordPress themes in this tutorial.

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WordPress Theme Management

This section contains tutorials on how to manage, update, and delete WordPress themes.

If you need to install or reinstall a WordPress theme, then see the tutorials below:

redarrow How To Install WordPress Themes Via The WordPress Dashboard

redarrow How To Install WordPress Themes Manually

If you need to configure your theme settings, or update, edit or delete theme menus, then see the tutorials below:

redarrow How To Configure WordPress Theme Settings

redarrow How To Use WordPress Custom Menus

The information in this section is useful if you need to reinstall, update or reconfigure your WordPress themes.

How To Install WordPress Themes Using The Search Method

Log into your WordPress administration area …

WordPress Theme Management

Select Appearance > Themes from your WP admin menu …

WordPress Theme Management

This brings you to the “Themes” screen …

WordPress Theme Management

In the “Themes” section, click on the Install Themes tab …

WordPress Theme Management

Use the “Search” function or “Feature Filter” function to browse through themes …

WordPress Theme Management

WordPress brings up a list of themes matching your selection criteria in the search results screen. If you find a theme you like, click the Install link associated with theme …

WordPress Theme Management

When a preview window of the theme pops up, click on Install Now

WordPress Theme Management

Useful Information

If a screen pops up asking you to enter your FTP details, add the information to the fields and click on Proceed

WordPress Theme Management

If your server environment allows you to perform automatic updates, your selected theme will be uploaded to your site and installed successfully …

WordPress Theme Management

Once your theme has been installed, you can preview it, activate it to make it the default theme of your site, or return to the “Themes” section.

How To Install WordPress Themes Using The Upload Feature

The built-in “Upload” feature performs the same basic function as the method shown above, except that it will upload and install a theme file from your hard drive, instead of installing it directly from the WordPress theme directory.

This feature is useful if you want to install a custom theme that is not available to general WordPress users (e.g. a theme purchased through a private site), or your site does not allow you to install a theme directly from the WordPress theme directory.

To upload and install a WordPress Theme automatically to your site using the “Upload” feature, first make sure that you have a zipped file containing the theme you want to upload to your site.

help You can download themes for FREE from the WordPress Theme directory here:

redarrow FREE WordPress Themes

WordPress Theme Management

help For additional WordPress theme resources, go here:

redarrow Where To Find The Best WordPress Themes

Select Appearance > Themes from your WP admin menu …

WordPress Theme Management

In the “Themes” section, click on the Install Themes tab …

WordPress Theme Management

Click Upload

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Click Browse

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Locate the WordPress Theme file in your hard drive that you would like to upload to your site (must be a zipped file) and click Open

WordPress Theme Management

Click Install Now to proceed …

WordPress Theme Management

Your WordPress Theme will be uploaded and installed automatically …

WordPress Theme Management

Once your theme has been installed, you can preview it, activate it to make it the default theme of your site, or return to the “Themes” section.

How To Update WordPress Themes

Depending on the theme(s) you have installed on your site, you may receive an occasional notification in your WP Dashboard that your theme(s) need updating …

WordPress Theme Management

You can see which themes need to be updated by going to your Themes area …

WordPress Theme Management

Updating WordPress themes is a simple process. You can update your WordPress themes manually, or via the WordPress dashboard.

Updating WordPress Themes Via Your WordPress Dashboard

Update your theme via the WP Dashboard as shown below:

Select Appearance > Themes from your WP admin menu …

WordPress Theme Management

In the Manage Themes screen, locate the theme that needs to be updated and click on update now

WordPress Theme Management

A notification window may appear warning you that by updating the theme, you will lose any customizations you have made to the theme. (Note: we recommend using Child Themes to prevent this from happening – see further below for more details.)

Click OK to continue or Cancel to stop …

WordPress Theme Management

WordPress will automatically update your theme …

WordPress Theme Management

If multiple themes on your site need updating, click on Dashboard > Updates

WordPress Theme Management

This brings up the Updates screen. Scroll down to the Themes area …

WordPress Theme Management

Select all the themes you want to update and click on Update Themes to complete the bulk update process …

WordPress Theme Management

Updating WordPress Themes Manually

Update your theme manually as follows :

Go to your Themes area, locate the theme that needs updating and click on the View version X.X details link …

WordPress Theme Management

This brings up a window with the Theme Page from WordPress.org. Click the Theme Download button, then choose Save File from the save dialog window and click OK

WordPress Theme Management

Download the latest version of your theme to the WordPress Folder on your hard drive or to any accessible location on your hard drive …

How To Install WordPress Themes

Extract the zip file containing the theme files and upload the new version files to the WordPress Themes directory on your server using FTP, overwriting your existing theme files …

How To Install WordPress Themes

Deleting WordPress Themes

To delete a WordPress theme, locate the theme you no longer want and click on the Delete link …

WordPress Theme Management

A confirmation window will appear. Click OK to proceed …

WordPress Theme Management

Your theme will be deleted …

WordPress Theme Management

Warning

You cannot delete your active theme.

To delete a theme that you have specified as your current active theme:

  1. Set another theme as your active theme, then
  2. Delete the newly inactive theme.

WordPress Theme Management

Restoring WordPress Themes

To restore a WordPress theme do the following:

  • If you have deleted a previous theme, simply reinstall the theme and reactivate it.
  • If your previous theme is still installed on your site, just click the Activate button to restore it …

WordPress Theme Management

Practical Tip

Tip: Click the Live Preview links in the Available Themes list to customize and preview a theme before activating it …

WordPress Theme Management

You will be able to change the theme’s header, background, title and menus before activating it …

WordPress Theme Management

Note: WordPress will restore your site’s settings and widgets automatically when reverting to previous default themes.

Managing WordPress Theme Options

The Theme Options screen allows you to manage features of your theme such as theme color and layout.

WordPress Theme Management

Important InfoNote: The Theme Options screen is only available if the active theme supports this feature and if the theme author has built in configurable options for the theme.

Additionally, the Theme Options screen will be different for each theme. Some themes provide advanced configuration options, while others provide only basic options such as the ability to change the Color Scheme, Link Color, or Default Layout …

WordPress Theme Management

help To learn more about configuring your Theme options, see the tutorial below:

redarrow Configuring Your WordPress Theme Settings

WordPress Child Themes

If you have made changes to your existing theme files, upgrading your theme may result in your custom modifications being overwritten. To prevent losing your theme modifications, we recommend learning how to create child themes or hiring a web developer to create one for you.

A WordPress child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality of another theme, called the parent theme, and allows you to modify, or add to, the functionality of that parent theme. When you update the parent theme, your modifications are preserved through the child theme.

We recommend that you become familiar with using child themes, especially if you plan on using themes that get regularly updated.

help To learn more about using child themes, visit the official WordPress child theme page here:

redarrow WordPress Child Themes

Congratulations! Now you know how to install and reinstall WordPress themes.

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