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 4.5

WordPress recently announced the release of WP 4.5, named “Coleman” as a tribute to legendary jazz artist Coleman Hawkins. Learn about the new WordPress 4.5 updates below.

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WordPress version 4.5WP Update: WP Version 4.5

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

WordPress 4.5 - Coleman

WP version 4.5 Coleman, released on April 12, 2016 focuses on helping to streamline your workflow, whether you’re writing or building your site.

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

Inline Linking

Coinciding with the release of WordPress 4.5 is a new inline linking tool. This provides WP users with a less distracting interface …

WP 4.5 - Inline Linking

(WP version 4.5 – Inline Linking)

This tool allows you to add links to your content with less distraction …

WordPress 4.5 - Inline Linking

(WordPress 4.5 – Inline Linking)

Formatting Shortcuts

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

WP v. 4.5 - Formatting Shortcuts

(Formatting Shortcuts)

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

WordPress 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 v. 4.5, live responsive previews are now available …

Live Responsive Previews

(Live Responsive Previews)

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

Live Responsive Previews

(WP 4.5 – Live Responsive Previews)

Upload Logos

v. 4.5 now allows themes to support logos for your business or brand …

Custom Logos

(Custom Logos)

The ‘Custom Logos’ feature can also be accessed via the Theme Customizer …

WordPress Theme Customizer - Custom Logos

(Upload Logos)

Additional WP 4.5 Release Notes

version 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 Enhancements

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

Important WordPress Update Tips

WordPress version 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 Google for “WP 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 4.5 - Important WP Update Tips

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

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