Just logged into my blog’s WordPress Dashboard today and saw this message on the top :
Though I didn’t click on “Please update now” right away since I need to first assure that my theme is compatible with WordPress 4.0.
The latest version of WordPress was launched on September 4, 2014 and has been named “Benny” after the legendary band leader and jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman.
After WordPress 3.9, it was expected that the WordPress would roll out something special in the start of WordPress 4.X series.
Let’s take a deep look on what this new version of WordPress 4.0 has in store for its users.
3 Newest Features Added in WordPress 4.0
- Highly Improvised Content Embedding :- Embedding videos and other content like tweets has been taken to a whole new other level in this update of WordPress 4.0. As soon as you embed a YouTube URL or a tweet in your content, the WordPress will show you the “true” preview of the content embedded right there. Thus, embedding has become more of a visual experience and this feature gives you more confidence about what you are embedding. To me, it would save a lot of time that we have to spend in verifying whether the right URL was embedded or not. Here is a screenshot below which appears immediately after pasting the URL of the video of “Louis Armstrong – Hello Dolly” from the YouTube :
Currently, WordPress 4.0 supports true preview for embedding of content from 25 services like YouTube, Twitter, DailyMotion, Vimeo etc. with Animoto being the latest addition.
- Improved Content Editor : Now formatting tools in the content editor of WordPress 4.0 will always be visible no matter how deep down you scroll. The editor expands itself to completely fit your content as you start filling it with content. This provides a smoother experience when publishing content and helps you focus more on the content rather than just keep scrolling up and down.
- Improved Plugin Search :- WordPress 4.0 has made the plugin search a lot more visual friendly and user-friendly task. Till now, the plugin search had a list of suggested plugins. It was often time-consuming to select the right plugin among so many options available. But with WordPress 4.0, this problem has vanished completely. The plugin search in WordPress 4.0 gives results like below:
Other Highlights of WordPress 4.0
Some other minor yet crucial changes include improved media gallery which enables you to view your media and edit it easily.
And as always there are some additions of codes and hooks which I am not much aware of and do not have technical knowledge about.
I am highly excited to get my blog updated to WordPress 4.0 but before that I need to make sure the my theme Genesis Framework is compatible with it.
I have already received plugin updates for a couple of plugins for WordPress 4.0 though I am holding them too for now.
If you have updated your WordPress version and you are already using 4.0, then let us know how is it in the comments below.