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 4.8WordPress Update: WP 4.8

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

William John "Bill" Evans

(Bill Evans. Image: Wikipedia)

WP 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 see 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:

(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 version 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)

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 version 4.8 – Additional Bug-Fixes & Enhancements

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

Important WordPress Update Tips

WP version 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 for something like “WordPress 4.8 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 Update Tips

Important

If you don’t want to do site backups, then consider getting help from a WordPress professional, or use a WordPress backup plugin.

You can learn more about a great WordPress backup plugin that we recommend using to automate WordPress 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 4.6New WP Version: WP 4.6 – Pepper

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

WordPress version 4.6 - Pepper

(WordPress v. 4.6 – Pepper)

WordPress 4.6 – Pepper

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

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

Streamlined Updates

Streamlined Updates

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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 …

WordPress 4.6 - Streamlined Updates

(Streamlined Updates)

Native Fonts

WordPress 4.6 - Native Fonts

({Native Fonts)

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

Native Fonts

(WP version 4.6 – Streamlined Updates)

Editor Improvements – Inline Link Checker

WordPress 4.6 - Editor Improvements - Inline Link Checker

(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 correct the link before publishing it to your site. …

WordPress v. 4.6 - Editor Improvements - Inline Link Checker

(Editor Improvements – Inline Link Checker)

To learn more about adding links to content in WordPress, see the tutorial below:

Editor Improvements – Content Recovery

WP v. 4.6 - Editor Improvements - Content Recovery

(WP 4.6 – Editor Improvements – Content Recovery)

Another improvement to the editor made on WordPress 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

(Editor Improvements – Content Recovery)

To learn more about the WordPress autosave feature, see the tutorial below:

Watch the video below to learn more about the new features of WordPress 4.6 …

WordPress v. 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 the improvements and enhancements listed above, v. 4.6 also includes a number of other “Under the Hood” enhancements and bug-fixes.

Important WordPress Update Tips

WordPress 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 Google for something like “WordPress 4.6 Pepper issues” or “WordPress 4.6 Pepper 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 version 4.6 - Important WordPress Update Tips

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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 Releases New Update: WP Version 4.5

WordPress recently announced the release of WordPress 4.5, named “Coleman” in honor of jazz artist legend Coleman Hawkins. Learn about the new WordPress 4.5 updates below.

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WordPress version 4.5New WordPress Version: WordPress 4.5 – Coleman

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

WP version 4.5 - Coleman

WordPress version 4.5, released on April 12, 2016 is all about helping to streamline your workflow, whether you’re writing or building your site.

Here are just some of the changes you will see in WordPress 4.5:

Inline Linking

Coinciding with the release of WordPress 4.5 is an improved linking tool. This provides users with a less distracting interface …

Inline Linking

(WP 4.5 – Inline Linking)

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

WP version 4.5 - Inline Linking

(Inline Linking)

Formatting Shortcuts

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

Formatting Shortcuts

(Formatting Shortcuts)

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

Formatting Shortcuts - Backticks

(WordPress 4.5 : Formatting Shortcuts – Backticks)

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

WordPress version 4.5 - Formatting Shortcuts

(WordPress 4.5 – Inline Linking)

Live Responsive Previews

From WordPress 4.5, live responsive previews are now available …

WordPress 4.5 - Live Responsive Previews

(WordPress v. 4.5 – Live Responsive Previews)

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

WordPress v. 4.5 - Live Responsive Previews

(WP 4.5 – Live Responsive Previews)

Custom Logos

WP version 4.5 also allows themes to support business logos …

Custom Logos

(WP 4.5 – Custom Logos)

This feature can also be accessed from the Theme Customizer …

WordPress 4.5 - Custom Logos

(WordPress Theme Customizer – Custom Logos)

Additional WordPress 4.5 Release Notes

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

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

Additional Enhancement And Bug-Fixes

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

Important WordPress Update Tips

WordPress 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 for “WordPress v.4.5 issues” or “WordPress version 4.5 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. 4.5 - Important Update Tips

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

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Find professional WordPress service providers in our WordPress Services Directory.

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