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 WordPress Version: WP Version 4.7

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

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

Here are just some of the changes you will find in WordPress 4.7:

Twenty Seventeen WordPress Theme

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

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(WordPress 4.7 – Twenty Seventeen Theme)

The Twenty Seventeen 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

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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  …

Theme Starter Content

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Individual themes can provide starter content that appears 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

(WordPress version 4.7 – Twenty Seventeen Theme)

Visual Edit Shortcuts

WordPress 4.7 also adds new visual edit shortcuts that show you what aspects of your site or blog can be changed. Clicking on a shortcut lets you go straight to editing …

Visual Edit Shortcuts

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Video Headers

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

Video Headers

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Additional WP Version 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 …

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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

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PDF Thumbnail Previews

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

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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 …

Dashboard In Your Language

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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

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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 …

WordPress version 4.7 - WP REST API

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Additional Enhancements

In addition to all of the above, v. 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 - WordPress 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 for “WordPress 4.7 Vaughan problems” or “WP 4.7 Vaughan errors”, 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 4.7 - Important Update Tips

Important

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

help You can read about a great WordPress backup plugin that we recommend using to automate site backups here:

redarrow Backup, Copy And Protect Your WP Site With Backup Creator WP Plugin

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WordPress 4.6 – Pepper

WordPress has just released version 4.6, named “Pepper” in honor of legendary jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III. Learn about the new WordPress v. 4.6 updates here.

WP version 4.6WP Update: WordPress 4.6

WordPress has just released WP 4.6, named “Pepper” in honor of legendary jazz artist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III.

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WordPress 4.6 – Pepper

WP 4.6 Pepper, released on August 16, 2016 is all about improving WordPress performance and making administrative tasks faster.

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

Streamlined Updates

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Coinciding with the release of version 4.6 is a new and faster workflow to help you install, add and activate themes, update WordPress plugins, or navigate the WordPress dashboard on your site. Everything happens on the same screen, so you will not lose your place when updating WordPress software, plugins, or themes …

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Native Fonts

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Your WordPress dashboard now uses the same native fonts as your operating system, allowing your pages to load faster and improving overall performance …

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Editor Improvements – Inline Link Checker

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WP v. 4.6 now automatically checks when you add hyperlinks to detect broken links. If you add a broken link, WordPress will let you know, allowing you to fix the link before publishing it to your site. …

Editor Improvements - Inline Link Checker

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help To learn more about adding links to content in WordPress, see the tutorial below:

redarrow How To Use The WordPress Internal Linking Tool

Editor Improvements – Content Recovery

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Another improvement to the editor made on v. 4.6 is content recovery. If you lose your internet connection while writing, your drafts are saved locally to your browser. When you return to edit, WordPress notifies you if there is a more recent draft, allowing you to restore the most recent version of your content …

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help To learn more about the WordPress autosave feature, see the tutorial below:

redarrow How To Use WordPress Autosave And Restore Post Revisions

Watch the video below to learn more about the new features of WordPress 4.6 …

Additional Fixes And Enhancements

Translations On Demand

If you use language translation on your WordPress site, WordPress will install and use the newest language packs for your plugins and themes as soon as they’re available from WordPress.org’s community of translators.

Under The Hood Improvements

In addition to all of the above, WordPress 4.6 also includes many other “Under the Hood” enhancements and bug-fixes.

Important Update Tips

WP 4.6 - 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 4.6 problems” or “WordPress v.4.6 Pepper 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.

WP version 4.6 - Important Update Tips

Need WordPress Help?

Find professional WordPress service providers in our WordPress Services Directory.

Note: Some images on this page were sourced from WP version 4.6 release material.

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WordPress Releases Version 4.5

WordPress has just announced the release of WordPress v. 4.5, named “Coleman” as a tribute to legendary jazz music artist Coleman Hawkins. Learn about the new WordPress changes here.

WordPress Releases New Version: WordPress V. 4.5

WordPress has just released WordPress 4.5, named “Coleman” as a tribute to legendary jazz artist Coleman Hawkins. Learn about the new WordPress 4.5 improvements below.

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WordPress 4.5WordPress Update: WP 4.5 – Coleman

WordPress has just released WP 4.5, named “Coleman” in honor of legendary jazz artist Coleman Hawkins.

WP v. 4.5 - Coleman

WP 4.5 Coleman, released on April 12, 2016 focuses on helping to streamline your workflow.

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

Inline Linking

Coinciding with the release of WP version 4.5 is an improved linking that provides WordPress users with a less distracting interface …

WordPress v. 4.5 - Inline Linking

(WP v. 4.5 – Inline Linking)

This tool lets you add internal and external links to your content with less distraction …

Inline Linking

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Formatting Shortcuts

Prior to the release of version 4.5, WordPress introduced formatting shortcuts for lists and headings. In WP version 4.5 you can now also use formatting shortcuts for horizontal lines and code …

Formatting Shortcuts

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Add 3 horizontal dashes to create a horizontal line and enclose your text in backticks to turn it into <code> …

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The formatting shortcuts for horizontal lines and code are shown below …

Formatting Shortcuts

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Responsive Previews

From WordPress v. 4.5, live responsive previews are now available …

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You can preview tablet, mobile, and desktop views directly in the customizer panel …

Live Responsive Previews

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Custom Logos

version 4.5 also allows themes to support business logos …

Custom Logos

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The ‘Custom Logos’ feature is also accessed via the WordPress Theme Customizer …

WordPress Theme Customizer - Upload Logos

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Additional WP 4.5 Release Notes

v. 4.5 also includes various additional technical improvements, such as:

  • Smart Image Resizing
  • Selective Refresh
  • Script Loader Improvements
  • Better Embed Templates
  • JavaScript Library Updates

WP 4.5 – Additional Enhancements

In addition to the improvements and enhancements listed above, v. 4.5 also includes many other enhancements and bug-fixes.

Important WP Update Tips

WP version 4.5 - 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 (just search for something like “WP 4.5 issues” or “WP 4.5 Coleman 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.

WP 4.5 - Important WP Update Tips

Need Help With WordPress?

Find professional WordPress service providers in our WordPress Services Directory.

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