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 4.8WP Update: WP 4.8 – Evans

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

Bill Evans

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

WP 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 see in the new 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 WordPress 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 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 Bug-Fixes And Enhancements

In addition to the improvements and enhancements listed above, WP 4.8 also includes many other enhancements and bug-fixes.

Important Update Tips

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

Important

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

Learn about a great WordPress backup plugin that we recommend using to perform automated site backups here:

WordPress 4.8 Evans

(WordPress 4.8 Evans)

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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 4.6WordPress Update: WP 4.6

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

WP v. 4.6 - Pepper

(WordPress 4.6 – Pepper)

WordPress 4.6 – Pepper

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

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

Streamlined Updates

Streamlined Updates

({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 …

WP 4.6 - Streamlined Updates

(Streamlined Updates)

Native Fonts

Native Fonts

({WP 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 …

Native Fonts

(Streamlined Updates)

Editor Improvements – Inline Link Checker

Editor Improvements - Inline Link Checker

(WordPress 4.6 – Editor Improvements – Inline Link Checker)

version 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 update your link before publishing it to your site. …

WP v. 4.6 - Editor Improvements - Inline Link Checker

(WordPress v. 4.6 – 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

Editor Improvements - Content Recovery

(Editor Improvements – Content Recovery)

Another improvement to the editor made on WP 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 …

WordPress version 4.6 - Editor Improvements - Content Recovery

(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 …

Additional Enhancement And Bug-Fixes

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 the improvements and enhancements listed above, WordPress version 4.6 also includes many other “Under the Hood” enhancements and bug-fixes.

Important WP Update Tips

WordPress version 4.6 - 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 online for “WordPress v.4.6 problems” or “WordPress 4.6 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 4.6 - Important WP Update Tips

Need WordPress Help?

Find professional WordPress service providers in our WordPress Services Directory.

Note: Some images shown above were sourced from WordPress’ own 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 Software Update Released: WordPress 4.5 Coleman

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

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WordPress 4.5WP Update: WordPress V. 4.5 – Coleman

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

WordPress 4.5 - Coleman

WP 4.5, released on April 12, 2016 is all about streamlining your workflow.

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

Inline Linking

Coinciding with the release of WP 4.5 is a new inline linking tool. This provides users with a less distracting interface …

WP 4.5 - Inline Linking

(Inline Linking)

This tool lets you 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 WP 4.5 you can now also use formatting shortcuts for horizontal lines and code …

Formatting Shortcuts

(Formatting Shortcuts)

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

Formatting Shortcuts - Backticks

(Formatting Shortcuts – Backticks)

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

Formatting Shortcuts

(Inline Linking)

Responsive Previews

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

WP v. 4.5 - Live Responsive Previews

(Live Responsive Previews)

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

WP v. 4.5 - Live Responsive Previews

(Live Responsive Previews)

Upload Logos

version 4.5 now allows themes to support business logos …

Custom Logos

(Custom Logos)

The ‘Upload Logo’ feature can also be accessed via the Theme Customizer …

Theme Customizer - Upload Logos

(WP version 4.5 – Custom Logos)

Additional WP V. 4.5 Release Notes

version 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 v. 4.5 – Additional Enhancement & Bug-Fixes

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

Important WP Update Tips

WP 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 (search Google for “WP 4.5 issues” or “WordPress 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 version 4.5 - Important Update Tips

Need Help With WordPress?

Find professional WordPress service providers in our WordPress Services Directory.

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