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New WordPress Version Release – WordPress 4.9 Tipton

New WordPress Version: WP Version 4.9 – Tipton

WordPress has just released WordPress 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, WP 4.9, released on November 16, 2017 contains major theme customizer improvements, 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 the new WP version:

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:

WordPress version 4.9 – Additional Fixes & Enhancements

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

Important WordPress 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 consider using professional WordPress assistance services, or use backup plugins.

You can learn more about a WordPress backup plugin that we recommend using to perform automated site backups here:

(WordPress 4.9 Tipton)

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