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New WordPress Version Release – WordPress 4.9 Tipton

New WP Version: WP Version 4.9 – Tipton

WordPress has just released WP 4.9, named “Tipton” in honor of jazz musician and band leader Billy Tipton.

(Billy Tipton. Image: Wikipedia)

If you plan to edit your existing WordPress theme, WordPress 4.9 Tipton, released on November 16, 2017 contains an improved theme customizer workflow with design drafts, locking, scheduling, and preview links, code error checking for a cleaner and smoother site building experience, plus a new Gallery widget, improvements to theme browsing and switching, and more.

(WordPress Theme Customizer)

Here are just some of the changes you will see in WordPress 4.9:

Improved Customizer Workflow

In version 4.9, WordPress introduces new features to improve your website’s design. This features include:

Coding Enhancements

WordPress 4.9 also introduces a number of coding enhancements, such as:

Widget Updates

New Image Gallery Widget

WordPress 4.9 lets you add an image gallery to your sidebar using a widget …

(Image Gallery Widget)

Add Media To Text Widget

(Add Media To Text Widget )

WordPress 4.9 lets you embed images, video, and audio directly into the widget along with your text.

Site Building Improvements

(Search & Preview WordPress Themes From The Customizer)

WordPress 4.9 offers a number of site building improvements, including:

(Menu Instructions)

To learn more about using WordPress text widgets, see this tutorial:

Additional Enhancements

In addition to the improvements and enhancements listed above, WP version 4.9 also includes a number of other enhancements and bug-fixes.

Important Update Tips

We recommend doing the following before upgrading to any new version of WordPress:

If you don’t want to do your own backups, then hire the services of a professional WordPress provider, or use backup plugins.

You can learn more about a great WordPress backup plugin that we recommend using to automate WordPress file and data backups here:

(WordPress 4.9 Tipton)

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Note: Some images shown above were sourced from WordPress’ own release material.