Version 4.8 of WordPress, named “Evans” in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.8 add more ways for you to express yourself and represent your brand.
The update includes additions to the “WordPress News” section in the dashboard, which now displays local WordPress events. Now you can easily find WordCamps and Meetups nearby and get engaged in the WordPress community.
Adding an image to a widget is now a simple task that is achievable for any WordPress user without needing to know code. Simply insert your image right within the widget settings.
You can now add any video from the Media Library to a sidebar on your site with the new Video widget. Use this to showcase a welcome video to introduce visitors to your site or promote your latest and greatest content.
Adding a widget with your audio file has never been easier. Upload your audio file to the Media Library, go to the widget settings, select your file, and you’re ready for listeners. This would be a easy way to add a more personal welcome message, too!
Rich Text Widget
Add a widget anywhere and format away. Create lists, add emphasis, and quickly and easily insert links. Have fun with your newfound formatting powers, and watch what you can accomplish in a short amount of time.
Media Widgets API (for Developers)
Along with the new widgets there’s a new media base API and text editor JS API that developers can expand on.
The second feature some users may appreciate is clear link boundaries making it easier to edit links in your post content. No need to manually select the text that’s part of your link – just click once and the whole link will be selected for editing.
There are a few other notable new features including:
- Responsive live customizer breakpoints
- New CSS rules for admin-area headings
- New multisite capabilities
- Lots of new hooks
- Depreciation of Silverlight support
For more information about the new version here.
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