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WordPress 4.8 – Updates and Complete Insights

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WordPress 4.8 is in RC (Release Candidate) phase and will be released very shortly. This is a small release that focus’ really on three main things. Although the WordPress community has already squashed 50 bugs so far and still counting. Here is what the focus of this release is about, the user.

WordPress Update

– An improved visual editor experience, with a new TinyMCE that allows you to navigate more intuitively in and out of inline elements like links. (Try it out to see, it’s hard to describe.)

– A revamp of the dashboard news widget to bring in nearby and upcoming events including meetups and WordCamps.

– Several new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, and an enhancement to the text widget to support visual editing.

Source: https://wordpress.org/news/2017/05/wordpress-4-8-release-candidate/

3 New Widgets Introduced

Before we get to the new widgets, here is an update below that was needed awhile ago.

Link Boundaries

When updating test around a link in the visual editor when editing a blog post, have you ever started typing and that text became linked? Yes, I hate that too and that means more work on our end to delink that. This update address’ that issue. It’s a small detail but finally resolved.

New Links

Image Widget

Using widgets is what we bloggers do on any theme we install. Without widget’s, we can not spice up our footer, header, and sidebar. This update adds a new widget, and yes you guessed it, the image widget. We normally just had the “text” widget. This widget now has a brother.

Adding an image to a widget used to be a multistep process requiring visits to multiple screens. Now, adding an image is achievable for any WordPress user without hiring a developer. Simply insert your image right within the widget settings. This widget is perfect for adding a title and a picture of yourself on the top right-hand side of the sidebar.

Ex:
Image Widget

Video Widget

Did you have to use a plugin to display video’s in the sidebar or do some template tweaking to do so? In this new version, we have a “video widget” which makes things so simpler. All you have to do is upload a video to your media library. You can even do this through the widget to save on time.

Video Widget

Rich Text Widget

The best is for the last. Finally, we have a rich text widget for the sidebar. I have been waiting years for this to happen. Now we can do more customization to this widget than typically add code in our style.css file. I suspect this widget will get more improvements over time.

Rich Text Editor

The last bit of news:

WordPress News

These are the main changes listed above, but there are countless other fixed completed. View the full list of all changes here: Changelog

Release Date:

The expected release date of WordPress 4.8 is Thursday, June 8, 2017.

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Derek Price

A passionate blogger who has been around the blogging community for over 6+ years and still love all things WordPress. When not blogging, I am sleeping on the keyboard.

1 Comment

  1. Derek Price

    According to me WordPress 4.8 having this:

    1. More than 50 bugs, still working on it
    2. I like Image Widget which is more user-friendly than the previous one
    3. Waiting for bug-free version

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