WordPress 4.2 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.

WP v. 4.2New WordPress Version: WordPress 4.2 (April 23, 2015)

WordPress has just released WordPress version 4.2, named “Powell” in honor of jazz musician Bud Powell.

Learn about the new WP 4.2 updates, security fixes and software improvements and what to do before updating your WordPress software in this blog post.

WordPress v. 4.2

WordPress 4.2 is all about improving communication and making the sharing of content easier.

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

Share Your Favorite Content With New And Improved Press This

Coinciding with the release of version 4.2 is a new and improved “Press This” tool (Tools > Available Tools) …

WP v. 4.2

Press This is a simple app that lets you share your favorite content (e.g. text, images and videos) from any website and create new posts quite easily.

You can add the app to your mobile desktop or your browser bookmarks menu bar.

WordPress 4.2

When visiting a web site, click on Press This to repost content to your site. You can share the latest news stories making headlines online, YouTube videos, Twitter posts, pictures from Instagram, and more …

WordPress 4.2

After grabbing your content, you can then edit it with Press This before you save or publish it to your site.

Extended Character Support

WP 4.2

With the continued expansion of WordPress worldwide, WP 4.2 now provides extensive native support for characters used in languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean, as well as mathematical and musical symbols, hieroglyphs and emojis …

WP 4.2

Just use your native device keyboard to compose your posts and WordPress does the rest …

WordPress 4.2

Additional WP V. 4.2 Release Notes

Here are some other changes you will see when you next log into your WordPress admin area after updating to WordPress 4.2:

Switch Themes In The Customizer

Now you can browse, switch and customize installed themes from the Theme Customizer

WP 4.2

This allows you to make sure that the theme looks great and works with your content before going live on your website or blog …

WordPress 4.2

More Embeds

Since the release of v. 4.0, WordPress has been allowing users to embed YouTube videos and Tweets simply by pasting links.

With v. 4.2 WordPress continues to add more embed support for “third-party” content with your website …

WordPress 4.2

You can now paste links from Kickstarter.com and Tumblr.com into your content …

WP version 4.2

Embedding content is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post.

For a full list of WordPress-supported embeds go here.

Smooth & Simpler Plugin Updates

WordPress has done away with the loading screen when updating plugins and streamlined the plugin updating process …

WP version 4.2

Now, updating your plugins happens with just “one click” without leaving your Plugins screen …

WP 4.2

Additional Enhancements

In addition to all of the above, WordPress 4.2 also includes many other enhancement and bug-fixes.

Important WP Update Tips

WP 4.2

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 “WP version 4.2 Powell problems” or “WordPress v.4.2 Powell 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 version 4.2

Important

Note: Google recently introduced a new change on April 21, 2015 that will affect the search engine ranking of websites that are not mobile-friendly.

You can read the official announcement from Google here: Official Google Webmaster Blog

Also, you can test to see if your website meets Google’s mobile-responsive criteria using Google’s own Mobile Testing Tool

Google Mobile Friendly ToolEnter the URL of your website into the Mobile-Friendly Test field and click the “Analyze” button to see if your site meets Google’s mobile-friendly criteria …

Google Mobile Testing ToolIf your site is not mobile-friendly, consider switching to WordPress as soon as possible to avoid SEO problems …

Google Mobile Testing ToolIf you’re already using WordPress, then simply switch to a theme that is mobile responsive (most new WordPress themes are).

Note: All images shown above were sourced from WP v. 4.2 release material.

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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.

Need Help With WordPress?

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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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