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It’s arrived!

The latest WordPress update which promises to be faster and more efficient to all involved in using it to host and publish their content – whether for a website or blog.

Features in this WordPress Update

Here’s the video from the WordPress Dashboard:

If you don’t have time to watch, here is the breakdown of the 5 new features from the newest WordPress update:

  1. Simpler workflow for adding, previewing and updating themes
    • This means that you can apply, check and update themes much more easily without ever leaving the screen you are on. Really useful if you like to keep things fresh.
  2. Broken link checker when you add a link
    • This is a really useful feature – no longer should typos be an issue when adding links into your text.
    • WordPress will highlight the link red when you type it to signify it’s not a valid link – allowing you to correct it there and then!
  3. Drafts are saved locally whilst writing
    • This is another really useful feature, too. As you type and create your post, WordPress automatically saves a copy in your browser meaning that, if unexpectedly you lose Internet connection, instead of the page being stuck there unable to save, your draft is stored.
    • You can continue creating the content and hope that the connection is restored before you finish or, if that’s not the case, you can rely on the browser cache to kick in when the connection finally is restored. You should not lose your work now.
  4.  Font changes to the backend mean that it loads faster
    • To be honest, I’d never thought of this, but it makes total sense.
    • WordPress now detects which OS (operating system) you are using – whether Mac or Windows – and then renders the admin panel in the default font for your OS. This saves on loading a custom font and speeds things up for you. Clever!
  5. Stability improvements
    • As always, it’s important to keep improving stability and any upgrade (particularly WordPress upgrades) should address security and bugs. This is another load of things resolved hopefully.

Focus of the release

The focus on this release is speed and improving the workflow in order to allow you to manage your CMS much faster – saving you time and money in the process!

Great idea, and I have to say that I’m really impressed by the speed of this release since the last one up to 4.5.

It seems that the WordPress release cycles (time between upgrades) are getting shorter – meaning that the platform is improving and reacting to its environment more quickly – for the benefit of all involved!


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