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 …

New WordPress Version Released: WP 4.5

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


WordPress v. 4.5WP Update: WordPress V. 4.5 – Coleman

WordPress has just released WordPress v. 4.5, named “Coleman” in honor of jazz musician Coleman Hawkins.

WordPress version 4.5 - Coleman

WP v. 4.5, released on April 12, 2016 focuses on helping you streamline your workflow, whether you’re writing or building your site.

Here are just a few of the changes you will find in WordPress 4.5:

Inline Linking

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

WP version 4.5 - Inline Linking

(WP 4.5 – Inline Linking)

The inline link editor allows you to easily add links to your content with less distraction …

Inline Linking

(Inline Linking)

Formatting Shortcuts

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

WordPress version 4.5 - Formatting Shortcuts

(Formatting Shortcuts)

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

WordPress v. 4.5 : Formatting Shortcuts - Backticks

(WordPress v. 4.5 : Formatting Shortcuts – Backticks)

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

Formatting Shortcuts

(Inline Linking)

Live Responsive Previews

From WordPress 4.5, live responsive previews are now available …

WP v. 4.5 - Live Responsive Previews

(WP 4.5 – Live Responsive Previews)

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

Live Responsive Previews

(Live Responsive Previews)

Upload Logos

version 4.5 also allows themes to support logos for your business or brand …

Custom Logos

(Custom Logos)

This feature can also be accessed via the Theme Customizer …

WordPress v. 4.5 - Upload Logos

(Custom Logos)

Additional WP Version 4.5 Release Notes

WP 4.5 also includes additional ‘under the hood’ improvements, such as:

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

Additional Enhancements

In addition to all of the above, version 4.5 also includes many other enhancements and bug-fixes.

Important WP Update Tips

WordPress version 4.5 - 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 4.5 Coleman problems” 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.

WordPress 4.5 - Important WordPress Update Tips

Note: Some of the images shown above have been sourced from WordPress 4.5 release notes.

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