New Version of WordPress 4.0 “Benny” is released today

New Version of WordPress 4.0 “Benny” is released today

Today, WordPress 4.0 named “Benny” (after jazz musician Benny Goodman) was released. Here’s a round-up of what you can expect to see in the latest update from the WordPress team headed up by release lead Helen Hou-Sandí.

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Key WordPress 4.0 Features :

A mountain of work goes into each WordPress release and version 4.0 is no different. In this article we’ll review the main improvements that wordpress version 4.0 brings. The key features that we’re going to walk through are:

  • Choosing Your Own Language On Installation
  • More Support for oEmbed
  • New Grid View for the Media Library
  • Improvements to the Content Editor
  • New Widget Customizer Panel
  • New Accessibility Features
  • New Plugin Installation Experience
  • Improvements to TinyMCE Views
  • Updated External Libraries

We’ll also cover how to update your site to the latest version.

Choosing Your Own Language On Installation :
One of the key benefits of WordPress is that it is an Open Source platform, available for anyone worldwide to use. In fact, it is estimated that 29% of WordPress.com hosted blogs are written in a language other than English.

When installing WordPress on a new website, you’ll be greeted with a new ‘Language Selection’ panel.
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If you have installed WordPress using another language, you can change the this by navigating to Settings > General. At the bottom of this page, you should be able to see the new ‘Site Language’ option.

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Manage your media with style

Explore your uploads in a beautiful, endless grid. A new details preview makes viewing and editing any amount of media in sequence a snap.
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Improvements to the Content Editor :

WordPress 4.0 allows you to make better use of your screen while in editor mode.

The editor now resizes, and its top and bottom bars pin when needed. As a result, when you scroll up and down, the post editor sticks, so there is no need to scroll to the top of the page anymore. This feature is tricky to illustrate with a screenshot, but if you spend any serious amount of time in the content editor you will find it greatly improves the editing experience.

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Improvements to TinyMCE Views :

There have also been some improvements to how the keyboard and cursor interacts with TinyMCE views like gallery preview. These improvements are quite similar to the editor resizing and scrolling improvements mentioned above.

New Plugin Installation Experience :

This new version of WordPress offers a fresh, new visual experience within the Plugins Install section. The revamped Plugin Install page allows you to browse in a grid view (much like the new Media Library grid view) and returns oodles of information when a plugin search is undertaken.

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New Widget Customizer Panel and API

In the new version of WordPress widgets are in their very own panel within the Customizer section (note that the word ‘Theme’ has been dropped from this section as well). In version 3.9, the widgets were just part of Theme Customizer.

New Accessibility Features

There are several improvements to accessibility with this release including keyboard accessibility in the ‘Add Media’ panel, screen reader support for the ‘Customizer’ and widgets, and links in the help tabs are now keyboard accessible.

Updated External Libraries

WordPress 4.0 now ships with updates to the following libraries:

TinyMCE 4.1.3
jQuery 1.11.1
MediaElement 2.15

So Enjoy New Awesome wordpress 4.0 Download in on WordPress.org

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