What’s New in WordPress 4.0?

WordPress has declared the release of the version 4.0 and in ongoing with the theme of honouring the Jazz greats, it’s been named “Benny”, after the “King of Swing” Benny Goodman. It’s obvious that this version is all about making content management and publication simpler, and workflows more flawless.

Let’s see how the web’s most accepted content management and system just improved.

Embedded Media in posts                 

When you are stressed to meet a goal to get a post out, there is nothing poorer than hitting ‘Publish’ only to find out that the entire media items are wrongly formatted and the layout is not at all how you would imagined it. This can be a trouble for non HTML savvy users. At present when you insert media to posts, the content will emerge directly in the post. This takes in things like Vimeo links and Tweets. So now you can click ‘Publish’ with trust.

The Top Media Library Interface Yet            

The UI has obtained a substantial revamp. No more multi-page libraries that needed scrolling to and fro between pages to find one particular image that you just cannot trace. Now media is in one constant display with a grid layout like many accepted desktop image management applications that most users would by now be acquainted with. And by just clicking on an image you can see all basic media management info fields, such as caption, title, alt text and fundamental tech specs like file size and type. Better still, audio and video files can be played directly through the library and does not want opening external or third party applications.

Scrolling Toolbars

When you are publishing content and if you want all your tools ready at hand without having to scroll back up to the top, which has been a bit of annoyance since long in WordPress when writing long articles, then here come subtitle refinements of the layout of the “Add New Post” screen. So from now onwards, irrespective of where in article you happen to be working, the publishing bar stays on the side and the toolbar stays at the top ensuring rapid and trouble-free access.

Plugins Directory Revamp                               

Plugins are what offers WordPress so much functionality and power, but in spite of this the plugin directory has always been underwhelming. The user interface is weak and more time is spent on external developers’ sites to locate further details about a specific plugin instead of within the actual directory. This has all altered with the layout which now feels like an actual store. Currently, when you click on a plugin you can change logs, see a description, installation details and reviews all with their own tabs. There also a sidebar for each plugin showing tech specs, a link to the developer and a breakdown on user ratings. It’s a huge win for users who are looking for new plugins as well as developers who want to show off their creations.

There are many changes behind the scenes, but the ones stated above are the ones that will show up the most once you are updated.

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