New WordPress Version Release – WordPress 4.9 Tipton

WordPress has just released version 4.9, named “Tipton” in honor of jazz musician and band leader Billy Tipton. Learn about the new WordPress v. 4.9 updates here.

WP version 4.9WP Update: WP V. 4.9 – Tipton

WordPress has just released WP 4.9, named “Tipton” in honor of jazz musician and band leader Billy Tipton.

Billy Tipton

(Billy Tipton. Image: Wikipedia)

If you plan to edit your existing WordPress theme, WP 4.9, released on November 16, 2017 contains an improved theme customizer workflow with design drafts, locking, scheduling, and preview links, code error checking for a cleaner and smoother website building experience, plus a new Gallery widget, improvements to theme browsing and switching, and more.

WordPress Theme Customizer

(WordPress Theme Customizer)

Here are just some of the changes you will find in WP 4.9:

Improved Customizer Workflow

Improved Customizer Workflow

In version 4.9, WordPress introduces new features to improve your website’s design. This features include:

  • Draft And Schedule Site Design Customizations – Experiment with your site’s design and schedule your design changes to go live on a specified date and time of your choosing.
  • Collaborate With Design Preview Links – WordPress 4.9 allows you to collaborate with others in your team and get feedback on proposed site design changes by sharing a preview with others.
  • Design Locking To Guard Your Changes – WordPress 4.9’s design lock feature secures your draft design, preventing others from making changes.
  • A Prompt to Protect Your Work – If you are interrupted and step away from your desk before saving your new draft design, WordPress 4.9 will ask you if you want to save your unsaved changes.

Coding Enhancements

Coding Enhancements

WordPress 4.9 also introduces a number of coding enhancements, such as:

  • Syntax Highlighting and Error Checking – Scan, pinpoint, and fix CSS editing and coding errors quickly and easily.
  • Sandbox for Safety –  Avoid saving errors that can cause issues like the WordPress white screen of death when working on themes and plugin code.
  • Warning: Potential Danger Ahead! WordPress 4.9 will warn you when editing themes and plugins directly that this is a dangerous practice and recommend that you backup your files before saving to prevent files from being overwritten by future updates.

Widget Updates

New Image Gallery Widget

WordPress 4.9 lets you add an image gallery to your sidebar using a widget …

Image Gallery Widget

(Image Gallery Widget)

Add Media To Text Widget

Add Media To Text Widget

(Add Media To Text Widget )

WordPress 4.9 lets you embed images, video, and audio directly into the widget along with your text.

Site Building Improvements

Search & Preview WordPress Themes From The Customizer

(Search & Preview WordPress Themes From The Customizer)

WordPress 4.9 offers a number of site building improvements, including:

  • More Reliable Theme Switching – WordPress 4.9 offers more persistent menu and widget placement when you decide to switch themes.
  • Finding and Previewing Themes – You can search, browse, and preview thousands on WordPress themes from from your Customizer screen before deploying changes to your site and speed up the search for new themes with filters for subject, features, and layout.
  • Better Menu Instructions – Reduce confusion when creating new WordPress menus by following built-in instructions for a smoother menu creation process.

Menu Instructions

(Menu Instructions)

To learn more about using WordPress text widgets, see this tutorial:

Additional Enhancements

In addition to all of the above, version 4.9 also includes a number of other enhancements and bug-fixes.

Important Update Tips

WP 4.9 - 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 (just search for something like “WordPress 4.9 Tipton problems” or “WP 4.9 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. 4.9 - Important Update Tips

Important

If you don’t want to back up your files manually, then consider hiring the services of a professional, or use a WordPress backup plugin.

You can read about a great WordPress backup plugin that can automate your site backups here:

WordPress 4.9 Tipton

(WordPress 4.9 Tipton)

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New WordPress Version Release – WordPress 4.8 Evans

WordPress has just released version 4.8, named “Evans” in honor of jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans. Learn about the new WordPress v. 4.8 updates here.

WordPress 4.8New WP Version: WP 4.8 – Evans

WordPress has just released WordPress 4.8, named “Evans” in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans.

William John "Bill" Evans

(William John “Bill” Evans. Image: Wikipedia)

WP 4.8, released on June 8, 2017 contains a number of updates that provide more ways for users to express themselves and for businesses to represent their brand.

Here are just some of the changes you will find in WP 4.8:

WordPress Widget Updates

In version 4.8, WordPress introduces three new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, and an updated text widget that supports visual editing

WordPress 4.8 - WordPress Widget Updates

(WordPress 4.8 – WordPress Widget Updates)

Below is a brief description of these new widgets:

These widgets let you add content from your media library and media stored in other servers or storage locations (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, etc.).

Let’s go through how to configure and use each of these widgets:

WordPress Image Widget

The WordPress Image Widget lets you add an image to your sidebar from your media library or an external storage location …

Add an image to your sidebar with the WordPress image widget

(Add an image to your sidebar with the WordPress image widget)

To learn how to add and display images on your sidebar using the WordPress image widget, see this tutorial:

WordPress Video Widget

The WordPress Video Widget lets you add videos to your sidebar from your media library, YouTube, Vimeo, or an external storage location …

Add a video to your sidebar with the WordPress video widget

(Add a video to your sidebar with the WordPress video widget)

To learn how to add and display videos on your sidebar using the WordPress video widget, see this tutorial:

WordPress Audio Widget

The WordPress Audio Widget lets you add audio files like podcasts, music or a personal greeting to your sidebar from your media library or an external storage location …

Add an audio to your sidebar with the WordPress audio widget

(Add an audio to your sidebar with the WordPress audio widget)

To learn how to add and display audios in your sidebar using the WordPress audio widget, see this tutorial:

Rich Text Widget

WordPress has also added native rich-text editing capabilities to text widgets …

Rich Text Widget

(Rich Text Widget)

This lets you format text, create lists, add emphasis, and insert links into your sidebar text quickly and easily …

(Format text easily with the new text widget)

To learn more about using WordPress text widgets, see this tutorial:

Link Boundaries

WordPress has introduced a new feature called Link Boundaries that fixes common issues users experience when trying to update a link or the text around a link and can’t seem to edit it correctly.

These issues include:

  • Editing text after the link and finding that the new text also ends up linked,
  • Editing text in the link but finding that text ends up outside of the link.

Link boundaries create a ‘shield’ around the link to help streamline the link editing process …

New WordPress Feature - Link Boundaries

(New WordPress Feature – Link Boundaries)

To see this feature in action, watch the short video demo below:

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(Link Boundaries)

Additional WP 4.8 Release Notes

Here are some other changes you will see when you next log into your WordPress admin area after updating to WordPress v. 4.8:

Nearby WordPress Events

WordPress has a thriving offline community of developers and users with groups that meet regularly in more than 400 cities around the world. These groups include WordCamps and WordPress Meetups that allow you to continue improving your WordPress skills and meet new friends.

WordPress now displays nearby WordCamps and local WordPress Meetups on your dashboard …

WordPress Events and News

(WordPress Events and News)

Being part of the WordPress community can help you improve your WordPress skills and network with other WordPress users. Now you can easily find your local events by logging in to your dashboard and looking at the new Events and News dashboard widget.

For example, when logging into WordPress from Sydney, Australia, this is what shows up on my dashboard …

WordPress displays information about your nearest local meetups

(WordPress displays information about your nearest local meetups)

Useful Tip

Depending on whether or not you are interested in attending WordPress events, you can hide the WordPress Events and News widget or make it more prominent in your dashboard.

To learn how to hide or reorganize the WordPress Events and News widget in your dashboard, see the tutorial below:

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

WordPress 4.8 – Additional Enhancement And Bug-Fixes

In addition to all of the above, WordPress 4.8 also includes many other enhancements and bug-fixes.

Important Update Tips

WordPress 4.8 - 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 online for something like “WP 4.8 issues” or “WordPress v.4.8 Evans 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.

WP 4.8 - Important WP Update Tips

Important

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

You can read about a WordPress backup plugin that can fully automate your site backups here:

WordPress 4.8 Evans

(WordPress 4.8 Evans)

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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.

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WP 4.7New WordPress Version: WordPress V. 4.7 – Vaughan

WordPress has just released WP 4.7, named “Vaughan” in honor of jazz vocal legend Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan.

WordPress 4.7 - Vaughan

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

Here are just a few of the changes you will find in the new WP version:

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 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 suit your needs  …

WordPress 4.7 - Theme Starter Content

(WordPress version 4.7 – Theme Starter Content)

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 …

WordPress 4.7 - Theme Starter Content

(2017 WordPress Theme)

Visual Edit Shortcuts

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

Visual Edit Shortcuts

(WP version 4.7 – Visual Edit Shortcuts)

Video Headers

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

WP 4.7 - Video Headers

(Video Headers)

Additional WordPress 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 WP v. 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 …

WP 4.7 - Custom CSS

(Custom CSS)

PDF Thumbnail Previews

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

WordPress v. 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 …

WP 4.7 - Dashboard In Your Language

(WordPress 4.7 – 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 …

WordPress version 4.7 - WP REST API

(WP REST API)

Additional Enhancement And Fixes

In addition to all of the above, version 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 WordPress Update Tips

WP 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 (just search for something like “WordPress 4.7 Vaughan issues” or “WordPress 4.7 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.

WP 4.7 - Important WordPress Update Tips

Important

If you don’t want to perform site backups, then consider getting support services 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 automate WordPress file and data backups here:

redarrow Backup, Clone And Keep Your WP Sites Protected With Backup Creator Plugin For WP

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WordPress 4.7 Vaughan

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