What’s New in WordPress 4.9? Everything you should know about!
As expected and announced, WordPress has released their latest version of WordPress named Tipton after the Jazz musician as well as the band leader Billy Tipton. It was released recently on the 14th of November 2017! So the topic of debate recently among the WordPress users is What is new on the latest version of WordPress?
So here we are today, discussing everything you want to know about WordPress version 4.9 Tipton! We’ll be talking about every new and exciting feature on WordPress 4.9. So keep on reading if you want to know more!
WordPress 4.9 Tipton
WordPress 4.9 is now available for download or update in your WordPress Dashboard. Talking about it’s latest and enhanced functionalities, the WordPress community has been citing it since the release! So without further ado, let’s get into the fiesty details right away!
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The Save and Scheduler for Theme Customizer
While making any changes to the theme of your WordPress site, the main concern with users was that any changes made would immediately go live once you clicked the Save Changes. This feature made many of us lose the progress with the changes we made so far because we would not choose to make it live until being completely sure about the saving the changes.
With the latest WordPress 4.9, it comes with the option to save your changes on the Theme Customizer as a draft. This allows you to save any progress of the changes you made on your site without risking to displace your WordPress site by making it Live!
Want to schedule your changes to take over at a time you choose? There is also an added feature of scheduling the changes made to a specific time. This allows you to choose a specific time for your changes to go live! You can add the date and the time you want your Theme customizing to go live!
Add Media Button
If you are WordPress users, you probably know that the WordPress text widget comes with the visual and plain text editors. While adding media, it was a difficult process for beginners as it was required to write HTML codes. But now no more, because the latest version of WordPress comes with a solution!
For the ease of users, the WordPress 4.9 now comes with the Add Media Button. This allows the WordPress users to easily add images and media inside the Rich Text widget! Now you no longer need to add the HTML code, instead, simply add media by choosing and uploading it! You can also embed videos from sites that support oEmbed. This feature is obviously a big deal for all those WordPress users out there!
New Gallery Widget
While WordPress 4.8 came with various new widgets including- Rich Text, Image as well as Video widgets, WordPress 4.9 comes with the added functionality of the New Gallery Widget.
You can now find a new widget option for creating a gallery. This will allow you to create a gallery of the images you choose and place it in any widget friendly-area you wish. Isn’t it simply awesome that you can now customize your site even more easily and interestingly?
The Code Syntax Error Highlighter
How many of us, WordPress users have come across a situation where we have added tons of codes; Saved and Published only to find no changes being made? You try to refresh the page to see if that makes any difference but to no avail. We realize we are missing a simple semicolon somewhere but finding the mistake is all a hefty task again.
But with the new feature on the WordPress 4.9, the mistake you made while coding will be highlighted. The Syntax Highlighting as well as code suggestions and auto-completion. This makes the whole process much much easier and simple, isn’t it? This makes the novice developers find exactly what they need to change and correct while writing codes.
A New Themes Experience in WordPress Customizer
Other than the obvious enhancements and improvements in the latest WordPress 4.9, there are also smaller changes made for the betterment of the WordPress users. These hooded changes possibly are improved theme installation from the WordPress Customizer.
The new WordPress 4.9 comes with a new experience when it comes to discovering, installing as well as previewing the themes in the Theme Customizer. This as a whole has made it easier for the WordPress users to make any changes to their site’s theme
Improved Widget Mapping
Another great feature that comes with WordPress 4.9 is the improved Widget Mapping which means that no disappearing of widgets after changing themes. The WordPress 4.9 also features better flow for creating and navigating menus. The location changing options and menu name as well as the location are housed in the same option.
Wrapping it Up!
Summarizing it all, WordPress 4.9 has definitely got some unique and advanced features that will benefit the WordPress community as a whole! If you haven’t updated to the latest version, what are you waiting for?
We hope this article helped you find out everything you wanted to know about the recently released WordPress 4.9. Do let us know which features you love the best down in the comment section below! And also tell us what do you think about the new version?
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