I’m pretty late with posting this, but for those of you who don’t know, WordPress 4.0 has been released. If your website uses WordPress, make sure you update to WordPress 4.0 soon as possible. It’s always a good idea to keep your website running the latest version. This helps minimize the risk for security vulnerabilities on your website.
It’s also a good idea to check on any plugins you may be using to make sure they are running on their latest respective version as well. If you have installed and activated plugins you are not using, now is a time to disable and uninstall them. Unused plugins installed on your website provide additional possibilities for ne’erdowells to exploit security vulnerabilities within your website. I personally always try to limit the number of plugins I use on my website.
With all of that out of the way, let’s look at a some of the new features that come with WordPress 4.0.
What’s up WordPress 4.0
Over the last couple years, the amount of polish that has gone into WordPress is amazing! The hits just keep on coming too. The latest release has placed a lot of focus on content editing, and does a great job of improving the content creator experience from within the WordPress interface.
Easy Visual Editor Embeds
Starting with WordPress 2.9 we have been able to embed various supported links directly from the Visual Editor by simply pasting the URL on its own line in the editor. Version 4.0 expands on the list of supported websites.
Want to embed a YouTube video on one of your pages or posts? Simple, copy the URL (page link) on the YouTube video page and paste it into your page or post on its own line in the Visual Editor. This will automatically create an embedded video on your page or post. You can also use embed shortcodes to adjust the size of the embedded video on your website. For more information on embedding content and the whitelist of supported sites, visit: https://codex.wordpress.org/Embeds
Big Picture Content
If you get tired of creating content in the small area of the Visual Editor, you’ll be excited to know WordPress 4.0 has added the “Distraction Free Writing” mode. When you click this button while editing a page or post, the Visual Editor will resize to a full-screen view while still providing you with the editing toolbar at the top of the page.
To enter “Distraction Free Writing” mode, open one of your posts or pages in the Visual Editor. If you look all the way on the right on your toolbar, just below Visual/Text, you will see a box with four arrows expanding out of it. This is the “Distraction Free Writing” button. Clicking this button will expand the Visual Editor into full-screen mode. Once in full-screen mode, there is a link in the toolbar to return to normal view.
There are several other updates that come along with WordPress 4.0, but these two were my favorite new additions. If you’d like to read more on WordPress 4.0, visit: https://wordpress.org/news/.
The Not Too Distant Future
We can expect even more improvements to the WordPress user interface with WordPress 4.1, which is scheduled for release on December 8th, 2014. If you’d like to follow the development progress, you can do so at https://make.wordpress.org/core/