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 Software Update Available: WordPress 4.5

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


WordPress 4.5WordPress Update: WP Version 4.5

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

WordPress v. 4.5 - Coleman

WP 4.5, released on April 12, 2016 is all about helping to streamline your workflow, whether you’re writing or building your site.

Here are just a few of the changes you will see in the new version:

Inline Linking

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

Inline Linking

(WordPress version 4.5 – Inline Linking)

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

Inline Linking

(WP version 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 …

WordPress v. 4.5 - Formatting Shortcuts

(WordPress version 4.5 – Formatting Shortcuts)

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

Formatting Shortcuts - Backticks

(Formatting Shortcuts – Backticks)

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

Formatting Shortcuts

(WP v. 4.5 – Inline Linking)

Responsive Previews

From WP v. 4.5, live responsive previews are now available …

Live Responsive Previews

(WordPress 4.5 – Live Responsive Previews)

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

WP v. 4.5 - Live Responsive Previews

(Live Responsive Previews)

Custom Logos

WP 4.5 now allows themes to support business logos …

Custom Logos

(Custom Logos)

This feature is also accessed from the Theme Customizer …

WP 4.5 - Upload Logos

(WordPress v. 4.5 – Custom Logos)

Additional WP 4.5 Release Notes

v. 4.5 also includes various additional technical improvements, such as:

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

Additional Bug-Fixes & Enhancements

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

Important Update Tips

WP 4.5 - 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 “WordPress 4.5 issues” or “WordPress version 4.5 Coleman errors”, 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 WP Update Tips

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the founder of WPCompendium.org and has authored hundreds of FREE WordPress tutorials for beginners. WPCompendium.org provides detailed step-by-step tutorials that will teach you how to use WordPress with no coding skills required and at minimal cost!

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