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 Version 4.8

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

Bill Evans

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

WordPress v. 4.8 Evans, 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 a few of the changes you will find in the new WordPress version:

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:

(Link Boundaries)

Additional WP Version 4.8 Release Notes

Here are some other changes you will see when you next log into your WordPress admin area after updating to WP 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)

Practical 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

Additional Enhancements

In addition to all of the above, version 4.8 also includes a number of other enhancements and bug-fixes.

Important WordPress Update Tips

WordPress 4.8 - 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 for “WP v.4.8 problems” or “WP 4.8 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. 4.8 - Important Update Tips

Important

If you don’t want to back up your data yourself, then hire a professional service, or use a backup plugin.

You can read about a great WordPress backup plugin that can automate your backup process 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.

WordPress 4.7WP Update: WP 4.7 – Vaughan

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

WordPress 4.7 - Vaughan

WP 4.7 Vaughan, 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 the new WordPress version:

Twenty Seventeen 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  …

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

(WP 4.7 – 2017 Theme)

Visual Edit Shortcuts

WordPress v. 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 …

WordPress 4.7 - Visual Edit Shortcuts

(WordPress v. 4.7 – Visual Edit Shortcuts)

Video Headers

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

Video Headers

(Video Headers)

Additional WordPress 4.7 Release Notes

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

Smoother Menu Building

(WordPress 4.7 – 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 v. 4.7 - Custom CSS

(WP version 4.7 – Custom CSS)

PDF Thumbnail Previews

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

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 …

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 REST API

(WordPress 4.7 – WP REST API)

WordPress v. 4.7 – Additional Enhancement And Bug-Fixes

In addition to the improvements and enhancements listed 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 Update Tips

WP 4.7 - 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 “WordPress 4.7 problems” or “WordPress version 4.7 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 4.7 - Important WP Update Tips

Important

If you don’t want to perform your own backups, then get assistance from a WordPress professional, or use a WordPress backup plugin.

help Learn about a WordPress backup plugin that we recommend using to completely automate your file and database backups here:

redarrow Back Up, Duplicate And Keep Your WordPress Sites Protected With Backup Creator WP Plugin

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Disclaimer: We have no direct association with WordPress, Automattic, or any WordPress-related products mentioned on this website. We may receive financial benefits from the sale of any third-party products and/or services advertised on this site. All images remain the copyright of their respective owners and have been used solely for training or illustrative purposes.

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 4.6New WP Version: WordPress V. 4.6 – Pepper

WordPress has just released WordPress version 4.6, named “Pepper” in honor of jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III.

WordPress v. 4.6 - Pepper

(WP version 4.6 – Pepper)

WordPress 4.6 – Pepper

WP 4.6, released on August 16, 2016 focuses on improving WordPress performance and making administrative tasks faster.

Here are just a few of the changes you will see in WP 4.6:

Streamlined Updates

WP 4.6 - Streamlined Updates

({WP 4.6 – Streamlined Updates)

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 …

Streamlined Updates

(Streamlined Updates)

Native Fonts

Native Fonts

({WordPress 4.6 – Native Fonts)

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

WP version 4.6 - Native Fonts

(WordPress 4.6 – Streamlined Updates)

Editor Improvements – Inline Link Checker

Editor Improvements - Inline Link Checker

(WordPress 4.6 – Editor Improvements – Inline Link Checker)

WordPress 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 your link before publishing it to your site. …

Editor Improvements - Inline Link Checker

(Editor Improvements – Inline Link Checker)

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

WP 4.6 - Editor Improvements - Content Recovery

(WP 4.6 – Editor Improvements – Content Recovery)

Another improvement to the editor made on WP version 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 …

Editor Improvements - Content Recovery

(WordPress 4.6 – Editor Improvements – Content Recovery)

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 …

WP version 4.6 – Additional 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, version 4.6 also includes many other “Under the Hood” enhancements and bug-fixes.

Important WP Update Tips

WordPress v. 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 for “WordPress 4.6 issues” or “WordPress 4.6 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 v. 4.6 - Important Update Tips

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