WordPress 4.6 was released last week just after over 4 months since the release of WordPress version 4.5. This is the second major release of the most popular CMS in year 2016 and includes some exciting new features and bug fixes. The latest release has been named "Pepper" after the well-known Jazz saxophonist Park Frederick "Pepper" Adams.
The latest release was headed by Dominik Schilling, supported by Garth Mortensen along with 272 contributors. It was never easy to make it accessible in 52 languages without the support of translators' community.
In this article, we'll cover an overview of what's new in WordPress 4.6 version and what features & big fixes – you can expect – when you update your WordPress blog.
Version 4.6 is a major WordPress release, and if your website is not hosted on managed WordPress hosting service, you will require to initiate the update manually.
Backup your website – before updating! Don't forget to fully backup your WordPress blog (all files & database) before upgrading to WordPress 4.6. There are several free WordPress backup plugins which come in handy in backing up your WordPress blog like BackWPup.
I'd also advise to check if the installed plugins or themes have published anything regarding WordPress 4.6 support. It is always worth to be at safe before doing anything potentially risky. If you experience any issue, don't forget to visit the official WordPress support forum for help.
WordPress has streamlined the plugins & themes update process. Previously, when you installed or updated a plugin or theme from WordPress.org, it showed you a progress bar which continuously updated as the time spent increased.
With new update, you don't need to leave the page to update or install plugins and themes. This makes the whole process of applying updates much more straightforward and convenient.
This update is not only limited to install, update or delete plugins but also themes.
Native System Fonts
Previously, WordPress used Google Open Sans's font in admin area to make it looks consistent on different platforms and devices. Open Sans is a popular Google font and it was included in WordPress 3.8 about three and half years ago.
Starting from version 4.6, WordPress will use the native system font of your operating system in admin dashboard. Although, it seems like a tiny update, but it will make WordPress load faster and feel more like part of your native device and platform.
Inline Broken Link Checker
Sometimes bloggers end up creating a broken links accidentally. Broken links are not only bad for user experience but also severely effect your website's SEO strategy.
But this will be fixed with latest update. WordPress now automatically checks your links to make sure they're not broken.
Improved Content Recovery
WordPress 4.6 comes with improved content recovery and better auto-save features in the post editor. Previously, if post revisions were disabled, it effected restoring drafts from browser cache.
WordPress 4.6 now leverages your browser cache, saving post draft after every 15 seconds. This will make drafts and auto-saves restoration much easy.
Developer Features & Fixes
WordPress 4.6 has brought a lot of new features and bug fixes for the developers. Following are some of those under the hood improvements.
Resource hints – a new W3C specification – help browser to decide which resources to fetch and preprocess. WordPress 4.6 adds them automatically for your styles and scripts to make your website load faster.
Meta Registration API
The Meta Registration API has been improved to support types, descriptions and REST API visibility.
Translations On Demand
WordPress 4.6 will install and use the latest languages packs for installed plugins and themes as soon as they're available from WordPress.org's community of translators.
WP_Term_Query and WP_Post_Type
A new WP_Term_Query class adds flexibility to query term information while a new WP_Post_Type object makes interacting with post types more predictable.
We hope this article gave you a good insight of what's new in WordPress 4.6. We like particularly streamlined plugins & themes updates, inline broken link highlighting & improved content recovery. What is your excitement feature?
You can also find out more about the WordPress 4.6 on the codex release note.
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