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 Version: WP V. 4.5

WordPress has just released WordPress 4.5, named “Coleman” in honor of legendary jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. Learn about the new WP v. 4.5 changes below.


WordPress v. 4.5New WP Version: WordPress V. 4.5

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

WordPress v. 4.5 - Coleman

WordPress 4.5, released on April 12, 2016 focuses on streamlining your workflow, whether you’re writing or building your site.

Here are just a few of the changes you will find in WP 4.5:

Inline Linking

Coinciding with the release of WP 4.5 is an improved linking that provides WordPress users with a less distracting interface …

Inline Linking

(WordPress v. 4.5 – Inline Linking)

The inline linking tool lets you easily add links to your content with less distraction …

WP v. 4.5 - Inline Linking

(WP 4.5 – Inline Linking)

Formatting Shortcuts

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

WP 4.5 - Formatting Shortcuts

(Formatting Shortcuts)

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

WP version 4.5 : Formatting Shortcuts - Backticks

(Formatting Shortcuts – Backticks)

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

WordPress v. 4.5 - Formatting Shortcuts

(Inline Linking)

Live Responsive Previews

From WordPress 4.5, live responsive previews are now available …

Live Responsive Previews

(WordPress version 4.5 – Live Responsive Previews)

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

WP 4.5 - Live Responsive Previews

(Live Responsive Previews)

Custom Logos

WP 4.5 also allows themes to support business logos …

Custom Logos

(Custom Logos)

This feature is also accessed via the Theme Customizer …

WordPress 4.5 - Custom Logos

(Custom Logos)

Additional WordPress 4.5 Release Notes

v. 4.5 also includes additional ‘under the hood’ improvements, such as:

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

WP 4.5 – Additional Enhancements

In addition to the improvements and enhancements listed above, WordPress v. 4.5 also includes many other enhancements and bug-fixes.

Important WP Update Tips

WP 4.5 - 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 for something like “WP 4.5 Coleman problems” 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 WordPress Update Tips

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