WordPress 4.0 is Here! It seems not long ago that I was updating Blondish.net with 3.0 and enjoying the menu system. As typical with a lot of software, I had expected this X.0 type version, I thought there would be a major feature change. I’ve actually discussed with a few others on how this seems minor.
However, there’s always a method to the madness, right? So, rather than dwell on how major or minor the changes are, it’s certainly good to know that WordPress is continually progressing. Personally, I’d like to see how we can get better responsiveness into the core where we can use it to hook into. Of course, this post isn’t about my hopes, but about WordPress 4.0.
As per tradition, WordPress 4.0 is named Benny, after another jazz musician. For those who don’t know why each full numbered version of WordPress is named after a jazz musician, it’s because the founder, Matt Mullenweg loves jazz music.
WordPress 4.0 Features
Most of this update has been toward the user-experience, being able to embed videos easily by merely pasting in a Youtube link (URL). In the visual editor, when you paste the video link, the video appears!
The Embeds page of the WordPress Codex has a nice list of sites that WordPress supports for embedding their services like videos, presentation slideshows, music, images, polls, surveys, and documents.
The WordPress Media Library has more options to be able to view your files. You can use the traditional list, or now, the grid view.
If you click on an image while in the grid view, the image details will open up in a new window. You will also be able to edit the image in the lightbox too!
Another feature is instead of having to pull the post and page editor box to where you want it, the box fits the screen so as you type, you don’t have to fiddle with any scrolling inside the editor box, and you don’t have to adjust the size of the editor box. You can just type and things adjust. If you need to go back up, you just use the browsers scroller.
Lastly, the plugins area for searching for new plugins has changed. It has adopted a grid design and gives more information and visual appear while looking for a plugin to install. When you want to find out more about a pplugin, just click the “More Details” and the information will open up in a lightbox.
All of this additions look pretty snazzy, huh?
My upgrade experience to WordPress 4.0:
Before applying the upgrade to my live site, I tested it out on my beta site and the upgrade did well. The difference after upgrading is that I was logged out. This is nothing as I logged back in and continued using the site. I will not that I have heard that some have been locked out of their website. This may not be a WordPress problem, but a security plugin issue. Try uninstalling and then re-installing it if you have this problem.
I recommend that if you choose to upgrade, try it out on a beta site before upgrading your live site. If you don’t have a beta version of your website, then you probably should consider it as part of your website modification process in the future. It helps when checking to make sure a plugin, new theme, or modifications you want to push to your current theme work right.
Also, before upgrading, ALWAYS perform a backup of your website! In case the upgrade foobars, then you can roll back to the working version.
Have you upgraded to WordPress 4.0? What do you think?