On October 22, 2015 Scott Taylor, who is leading the WordPress 4.4 development cycle, announced the release of WordPress 4.4 Beta 1. It offers a wide variety of improvements and enhancements, and developers are excited to test drive the new version.
In a recent article, Scott gave the following recommendation:
This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version.
He went on to list four reasons to be excited about WordPress 4.4 Beta 1:
- REST API (phase 1) — The underlying infrastructure of the WordPress REST API plugin is included in WordPress 4.4. Plugin authors can take advantage of this by adding custom endpoints.
- Term Metadata — Taxonomy term metadata is included in WordPress 4.4. Developers who are using a plugin to implement term metadata should read this post on how to prepare for the switch. Also, the underlying WP_Term class improves caching when working with terms.
wp_title()is deprecated; WordPress will handle the rendering of the document title automatically.
- Comments — Comment queries are now split for performance. Also, the underlying
WP_Commentclass improves caching and introduces strong-typing. (#8071, #32619)
In an article on the WP Tavern website, Jeff Chandler details whats under the hood, which may explain all the excitement.
Three New Distinct User Facing Features
- Twenty Sixteen – Twenty Sixteen is a new default theme with a simple layout and color scheme designed by Takashi Irie, who also designed the Twenty Fourteen and Twenty Fifteen default themes.
- Responsive Images – WordPress will automatically deliver a more appropriate image to users depending on a variety of conditions like screen size, view port size, and screen resolution.
- oEmbed Posts – In addition to YouTube, WordCamp.TV and other whitelisted providers, users will be able to easily embed content from almost any site that supports the oEmbed standard, including WordPress sites.
- WordPress 4.4 main development blog
- A Field Guide to Major Features in WordPress 4.4 – WP Tavern
- WordPress 4.4 change list
- WordPress 4.4 Project schedule
- Upcomming New Features in 4.4 – WPism