WordPress 4.8 “Evans”

Wordpress 4.8 was released a few days ago. As they've said themselves many of the updates seem fairly minor, but there are some significant improvements to a number of areas. The new option in widgets is certainly one we'll be diving into a bit deeper - we've avoided using widgets in the past due to their inflexibility and lack of user-friendliness, so we're keen to see whether this update means they should find their place back in our toolbox. If you subscribe to our Managed Maintenance service we'll be looking at updating Wordpress to 4.8 for you early in July.

Though some updates seem minor, they’ve been built by hundreds of contributors with you in mind. Get ready for new features you’ll welcome like an old friend: link improvements, three new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, an updated text widget that supports visual editing, and an upgraded news section in your dashboard which brings in nearby and upcoming WordPress events.

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Improve the WordPress Editor by Contributing to the Gutenberg Project

Wordpress is in the process of completely rewriting the editor - i.e. the way that you write your post content. The goal is to make it far more user-friendly and easier to build richer content using a "block"-based approach. Early signs are good, though we wonder how well the new editor will play with themes that are based on various responsive frameworks like Zurb Foundation or Bootstrap. Either way it's certainly a space to watch over the coming months!

WordPress is used by more than 27 percent of the entire internet. The editor plays a huge role in the overall usability of the CMS and the future of it will influence its adoption.

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Hooks, Line, and Sinker: WordPress’ New WP_Hook Class

Even if you're an experienced developer, this article may make your head spin - but it's a fascinating insight into a major update to one of the most central parts of the Wordpress core.

One of the bigger changes introduced in WordPress 4.7 is that there is a new WP_Hook class. This new class is now used to handle all the internal hooks within WordPress core. It’s kind of a big deal.

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WordPress 4.7 Brings Custom Page Template Functionality to All Post Types

In another of those "I can't believe they haven't done this yet" moments, developers all around the world are breathing a collective sigh of relief knowing that we'll be able to build custom templates for more than just pages. There are so many potential applications of this functionality that I wouldn't even know where to start. Safe to say we're excited! 🙂

WordPress 4.7 will introduce support for post type templates, an exciting new feature for theme and plugin developers. Page templates, which allow developers to specify a different layout or design for a page, are nearly as old as WordPress itself. For years developers have coveted that same functionality for other post types.

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WordPress 4.7 Development Kicks Off This Week

No rest for the wicked - as soon as Wordpress 4.6 was released, they're hard at it again with 4.7. Still in the early planning stages, it nonetheless promises to include a number of significant updates. The biggest one from our perspective is the potential inclusion of the REST API (currently a plugin) into the WP core. We've been hanging out for this one for a while now, and can't wait to see it come to fruition.

The target date for WordPress 4.7 is December 6, which means the release should drop shortly after WordCamp US in Philadelphia. Beta 1 is expected October 26 and a release candidate is targeted for mid-November.

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Shiny Updates Project Officially Proposed for Merge Into WordPress 4.6

A more user friendly and transparent way to install, update and delete themes and plugins is coming to town.

This week the Shiny Updates Team officially proposed the merge of the plugin into the upcoming WordPress 4.6 release. The project modernizes the process of installing, updating, and deleting themes and plugins in order to hide what is colloquially referred to as “The Bleak Screen of Sadness.”

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