WordPress Software Update Released: WordPress 4.5
WordPress recently announced the release of WordPress version 4.5, named “Coleman” in honor of jazz musician Coleman Hawkins. Learn about the new WP v. 4.5 updates below.
WordPress Update: WP 4.5 – Coleman
WordPress has just released WordPress v. 4.5, named “Coleman” in honor of jazz musician Coleman Hawkins.
WP v. 4.5 Coleman, 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 WordPress 4.5:
Coinciding with the release of WordPress 4.5 is a new inline linking tool. This provides users with a less distracting interface …
This tool allows you to easily add links to your content with less distraction …
(WP version 4.5 – Inline Linking)
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)
Add 3 horizontal dashes to create a horizontal line and enclose your text in backticks to turn your highlighted text into <code> …
(Formatting Shortcuts – Backticks)
The formatting shortcuts for horizontal lines and code are shown below …
Live Responsive Previews
From WordPress 4.5, live responsive previews are now available …
(WP 4.5 – Live Responsive Previews)
You can preview tablet, desktop, and mobile views directly in the customizer area …
(WordPress v. 4.5 – Live Responsive Previews)
WordPress 4.5 also allows themes to support logos for your business or brand …
This feature is also accessed via the Theme Customizer …
Additional WordPress 4.5 Release Notes
version 4.5 also includes additional ‘under the hood’ improvements, such as:
- Smart Image Resizing
- Selective Refresh
- Script Loader Improvements
- Better Embed Templates
Additional Bug-Fixes & Enhancements
In addition to all of the above, version 4.5 also includes many other enhancements and bug-fixes.
Important WP Update Tips
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 “WP 4.5 Coleman issues” or “WordPress version 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.
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