WordPress 4.8 is scheduled to be released later today. As with any major WordPress release, there are a ton of included bugfixes and small enhancements, but there’s also several new features that you should know about. Here are the highlights of changes most relevant to those of us in the photography world using WordPress for our hobbies or businesses:
Widgets for Media
WordPress is 12 years old, but until now if you wanted a photo, video, or audio file in your site’s sidebar (or other widget area) you had to write some HTML code to make it happen.
No longer. Now when you go to the Widgets area, you’ll find a new image, audio, and video widgets are ready for use. Inserting your photos into a sidebar will be as easy as inserting them anywhere else on your WordPress website.
Visual Widget Editor
Speaking of widgets, the text widget that’s been around for years now has two tabs, just like the main post editor. And just like the main post editor, you can choose between Visual and Text (code) interfaces.
WordPress Events In Your Face
You’ll now see local WordPress events (WordCamps and officially-sanctioned Meetups) in your WordPress Dashboard. The big community is one of WordPress’ biggest strengths, and now it will be easier to connect with folks in your area.
No mo’ Support for Old IE Versions
If for some wacky reason you’re still running Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10, you need to do what you should’ve done long ago and upgraded (or switch to a better browser). Support for really old IE versions is being dropped.
There are other changes as well (see the WordPress 4.8 Field Guide for a complete roundup, but these are the ones you’re most likely to notice.
Sit back and look for an upgrade notification in your favorite WordPress website soon!