We love WordPress, and in exciting news, they’ve just released version 4.6. They’ve made a fair few updates and developments, and we’ve picked a few of our favourites to share with you.

Introducing ‘Pepper’

Version 4.6 of WordPress is named “Pepper” in honor of jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III. New features in 4.6 help you to focus on the important things while feeling more at home.

Let’s look at the changes in more detail…

Frontend usability

Streamlined Updates


Up until this version, updating plugins and themes meant that a couple of pages were loaded during the process. You couldn’t really just stay on the page that flagged the plugins and/or themes that required updates. It worked well but jumping around from one page to another felt… unnecessary.

Guess what? The developers of WordPress heard their users and now all updating, installing and deleting of plugins and themes is done without leaving the page you were on.

Native Fonts


The WordPress administration section has always looked good! It was using Open Sans (available from Google Fonts). However this may have been causing a few hiccups to some users. For example: some prefer to use custom fonts that are default for their system. Others, with slow or unreliable internet connections experienced longer loading times for their WordPress admin screens as Open Sans had to be downloaded.

Therefore, WordPress decided to stop using any kind of custom font (like Open Sans) and, instead, rely on the fonts already installed on the system from which the user is accessing WordPress. Doing so will make the users feel more “at home” and is likely to result in faster loading times.

Editor Improvements

We are seeing two main improvements here:

  1. Inline link checker
  2. Better content recovery


Inline link checker

When editing content through the built-in WordPress editor in the administration section, editing mistakes happen from time to time. WordPress now has better validation in place to avoid mistyped or incorrectly generated URLs when creating links whilst using the editor.


Better content recovery

As you type, WordPress saves your content to your browser. Recovering saved content is even easier with WordPress 4.6. The improvements here aim to minimise the chances of users losing their text changes – we think this is one of the most helpful updates in 4.6.


Under the hood changes

There are also a whole list of additional features and updates in 4.6. These include resource hints, robust requests, WP_Term_Query and WP_Post_Type, meta registration API, translations on demand, JavaScript library updates, Customizer APIs for setting validation and notifications, and multisites that are now faster than ever. Check out more details of these awesome new features here.


We’re so excited about the opportunities that Pepper provides but we’re also looking forward to what might be possible with 4.7! Bring it on!


This article is based on the official release notes of WordPress 4.6 (https://wordpress.org/news/2016/08/pepper/).

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