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New WordPress Version Release – WordPress 4.9 Tipton

New WP Version: WordPress 4.9 – Tipton

WordPress has just released WP v. 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 version 4.9, 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 a few of the changes you will find in WP 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, WordPress v. 4.9 also includes many 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 manual backups, then get assistance from a WordPress professional, or use backup plugins.

Learn about a WordPress backup plugin that we recommend using to automate file and data backups here:

(WordPress 4.9 Tipton)

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Note: Some of the images on this page were sourced from WordPress’ own release material.