WordPress 4.0 has been released is now available for download, either from that site or from the Updates section of your WordPress admin dashboard. As photographers, you’ll note some media library changes but here’s a summary of the important things that are new for all WordPress users.
It’s worth noting that WordPress doesn’t use the common “Major.Minor” version numbering, so 4.0 is not necessarily a big milestone release, it’s simply the next feature release after version 3.9.
What’s New in WordPress 4.0?
- Media Library Interface: The media library got a facelift. Previously you’d see a list of items by title; now you’ll see a nice grid of the items with square thumbnails of each piece of media. Select an item by clicking it; select multiple items using checkboxes in the upper right corner of each.
- Single Attachment Details: Previously, attachment information was on its own page, now this information will show in a popup window. The details are still edited in the same fashion but the user interface has been given a nice refresh.
- Non-English Language Support: If you install a new site with WordPress 4.0, the first step of the setup process is now to choose your language. Additionally, there’s now a site language option under Settings→General.
- Visual Editor Updates: If you use the visual editor, there are a couple nice changes. First, the toolbar now “floats” as you type long articles so that it’s always available. And speaking of long articles, the editing window now expands vertically as you type and need more screen space for writing.
- Plugin Installation Interface: When installing new plugins, instead of the old text list for choosing plugins, there’s now a grid-style interface with thumbnails. After choosing a plugin, the modal window is updated as well with the plugin header images and the new plugin icons.
- Widgets in the Customizer: The Customizer, previously known as the Theme Customizer, is now being used for more general site customization, and Widgets are now located in the Customizer.
- oEmbed Previews: If you use the easy photo embedding method provided by oEmbed that’s built into WordPress, there will now be a preview in the Visual editor.
Go forth and enjoy a new version of WordPress!