WordPress 4.0 Beta 1 and Beta 2 have been released for testing.
The list of changes and improvements include:
- Multimedia Links: Instead of using embed codes or shortcodes, WordPress developers are working to permit multimedia link embeds into posts and Pages. Just get the address of the YouTube, Flickr, DailyMotion, Blip, Photobucket, SmugMug, Viddler, Vimeo, and many others and they will appear as the multimedia content. Work has been going on with this for several versions, but this is a big push to improve the system.
- Media Library Grid View: Work on improving the Media Library and media management system in WordPress continues with the addition of a grid view in addition to the existing list view, and image and image information previews.
- TinyMCE/Toolbar: The Toolbar for the Visual Editor in WordPress, called TinyMCE, has improvements for lists and other features, and the color picker was added back in.
WordPress 4.0 is expected next month in August.
Remember, this is a beta release and not for the light of heart.
The latest version of WordPress, WordPress 3.9, has been released. It is named in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, continuing the tradition of naming major WordPress releases after jazz musicians.
WordPress 3.8 was released in December 2013, and this push to WordPress 3.9 is part of the new faster release schedule.
As of July 2013, Matt Mullenweg announced that WordPress now powers 18.9% of the web with more than 46 million downloads in ten years. WordPress is also being used by mobile users more than ever before according to a WordPress Community survey that found 31% were using it on their iOS devices, 30% on Android, and 18% on Android tablets. A survey by WP Engine on WordPress adoption and name recognition found 30% of those surveys on the Internet have heard of WordPress.
With so many people embracing WordPress and incorporating it into their lives and businesses as a content management and web publishing system, the improvements the development teams worked on for this new version reflect the growing reliance on WordPress across multiple user types and needs. Continue reading WordPress 3.9 Released