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 Update: WP Version 4.5

WordPress has just announced the release of WP 4.5, named “Coleman” in honor of jazz legend Coleman Hawkins. Learn about the new WP 4.5 improvements below.

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WordPress 4.5New WP Version: WordPress Version 4.5

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

WordPress version 4.5 - Coleman

WP v. 4.5, released on April 12, 2016 is all about streamlining 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 WP 4.5 is an improved linking tool. This provides users with a less distracting interface …

Inline Linking

(Inline Linking)

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

WordPress 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 WP 4.5 you can now also use formatting shortcuts for horizontal lines and code …

Formatting Shortcuts

(WP 4.5 – Formatting Shortcuts)

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

WordPress v. 4.5 : Formatting Shortcuts - Backticks

(WordPress v. 4.5 : Formatting Shortcuts – Backticks)

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

Formatting Shortcuts

(WordPress 4.5 – Inline Linking)

Responsive Previews

From WP 4.5, live responsive previews are now available …

WP 4.5 - Live Responsive Previews

(WordPress 4.5 – Live Responsive Previews)

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

Live Responsive Previews

(WordPress 4.5 – Live Responsive Previews)

Custom Logos

WP version 4.5 now allows themes to support logos for your business or brand …

WP version 4.5 - Custom Logos

(Custom Logos)

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

WordPress Theme Customizer - Upload Logos

(WordPress version 4.5 – Upload Logos)

Additional WordPress 4.5 Release Notes

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

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

Additional Enhancements

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

Important Update Tips

WordPress 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 (just search for something like “WordPress version 4.5 Coleman 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.

WP 4.5 - Important WordPress Update Tips

Note: Some of the images shown above were sourced from WordPress’ own release notes.

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