What is new in WordPress 4.0 ?

September 4, 2014

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The last version of WordPress, WordPress 4.0, a.k.a Benny, like the famous musician, has just been released. Let’s review together what is new.

Note: be aware that going from 3.9 to 4.0 does not mean it is a major release (contrary to conventions used in traditional versioning systems).

Preview Embedded videos

Before, it was not possible to preview embedded videos in the post editor. Now it has become possible. Just copy and paste the URL of the video, and the preview will automatically appear:
embed_video_previewTo me, this is one of the best improvement in WordPress 4.0. Please note that you need to use the Visual Mode of your post editor to see the preview. Please also note that this feature will work for other kinds of embedded elements, such as tweets.

Manage your media more easily

WordPress 4.0 is shipped with an improved media library. You can now see your uploads in a well-organized grid layout:
media_managerYou can click on any image in the media library to open a popup window where you can add caption, alt text, title, and description. From there, you can also click on “Edit Image” to have access to tools such as image cropping, rescaling and re-orienting:
image_editor

Install WordPress in your language

This has been a long awaited feature. When installing WordPress, you have the choice to choose between many languages:
wp-4-0-install

Plugin Search and Install

Another new interesting feature is the improved plugin install screen. Now, search results appear in boxes and show more useful information than before. This allows for faster plugins search:
plugin_browser

For Developers

The most significant addition for developers is a new API for user controls in the customizer. In particular, widgets can now be grouped in a single category. Also, the customizer now supports contexts, panels, as well as other controls. The WP_Query object has been augmented with new ways to use ORDER BY clauses.

I hope this article helped you to grasp the new features of WordPress 4.0. For a more comprehensive list of new features, please refer to the official documentation.

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