An Update with You in Mind

Gear up for a more intuitive WordPress!

Version 4.8 of WordPress, named “Evans” in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.8 add more ways for you to express yourself and represent your brand.

Though some updates seem minor, they’ve been built by hundreds of contributors with you in mind. Get ready for new features you’ll welcome like an old friend: link improvements, three new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, an updated text widget that supports visual editing, and an upgraded news section in your dashboard which brings in nearby and upcoming WordPress events.


Exciting Widget Updates

Image Widget

Adding an image to a widget is now a simple task that is achievable for any WordPress user without needing to know code. Simply insert your image right within the widget settings. Try adding something like a headshot or a photo of your latest weekend adventure — and see it appear automatically.

Video Widget

A welcome video is a great way to humanize the branding of your website. You can now add any video from the Media Library to a sidebar on your site with the new Video widget. Use this to showcase a welcome video to introduce visitors to your site or promote your latest and greatest content.

Audio Widget

Are you a podcaster, musician, or avid blogger? Adding a widget with your audio file has never been easier. Upload your audio file to the Media Library, go to the widget settings, select your file, and you’re ready for listeners. This would be a easy way to add a more personal welcome message, too!

Rich Text Widget

This feature deserves a parade down the center of town! Rich-text editing capabilities are now native for Text widgets. Add a widget anywhere and format away. Create lists, add emphasis, and quickly and easily insert links. Have fun with your newfound formatting powers, and watch what you can accomplish in a short amount of time.


Link Boundaries

Have you ever tried updating a link, or the text around a link, and found you can’t seem to edit it correctly? When you edit the text after the link, your new text also ends up linked. Or you edit the text in the link, but your text ends up outside of it. This can be frustrating! With link boundaries, a great new feature, the process is streamlined and your links will work well. You’ll be happier. We promise.


Nearby WordPress Events

Did you know that WordPress has a thriving offline community with groups meeting regularly in more than 400 cities around the world? WordPress now draws your attention to the events that help you continue improving your WordPress skills, meet friends, and, of course, publish!

This is quickly becoming one of our favorite features. While you are in the dashboard (because you’re running updates and writing posts, right?) all upcoming WordCamps and official WordPress Meetups — local to you — will be displayed.

Being part of the community can help you improve your WordPress skills and network with people you wouldn’t otherwise meet. Now you can easily find your local events just by logging in to your dashboard and looking at the new Events and News dashboard widget.


Even More Developer Happiness 😊

More Accessible Admin Panel Headings

New CSS rules mean extraneous content (like “Add New” links) no longer need to be included in admin-area headings. These panel headings improve the experience for people using assistive technologies.

Removal of Core Support for WMV and WMA Files

As fewer and fewer browsers support Silverlight, file formats which require the presence of the Silverlight plugin are being removed from core support. Files will still display as a download link, but will no longer be embedded automatically.

Multisite Updates

New capabilities have been introduced to 4.8 with an eye towards removing calls to
is_super_admin(). Additionally, new hooks and tweaks to more granularly control site and user counts per network have been added.

Text-Editor JavaScript API

With the addition of TinyMCE to the text widget in 4.8 comes a new JavaScript API for instantiating the editor after page load. This can be used to add an editor instance to any text area, and customize it with buttons and functions. Great for plugin authors!

Media Widgets API

The introduction of a new base media widget REST API schema to 4.8 opens up possibilities for even more media widgets (like galleries or playlists) in the future. The three new media widgets are powered by a shared base class that covers most of the interactions with the media modal. That class also makes it easier to create new media widgets and paves the way for more to come.

Customizer Width Variable

Rejoice! New responsive breakpoints have been added to the customizer sidebar to make it wider on high-resolution screens. Customizer controls should use percentage-based widths instead of pixels.


The Squad

This release was led by Matt and Jeff Paul, with the help of the following fabulous folks. There are 346 contributors with props in this release, with 106 of them contributing for the first time. Pull up some Bill Evans on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:

1naveengiri, 4nickpick, Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, abhishek, Abhishek Kumar, abrain, Adam Harley (Kawauso), Adam Silverstein, Adam Soucie, Afzal Multani, Ahmad Awais, ajoah, Alex Concha, Alex Floyd Marshall, Alex King, Alex Shiels, Andrea Fercia, Andrea Middleton, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrew Rockwell, Andy Mercer, Ankit K Gupta, arena94, Arshid, Arun, asalce, ashokkumar24, Barry Ceelen, bcworkz, Bharat Kambariya, Blobfolio, bonger, Boone B. Gorges, Boro Sitnikovski, Brad Touesnard, Brady Vercher, Brandon Kraft, Brandon Lavigne, Bridget Willard, Bunty, Cami Kaos, Carl Alberto, Casey Driscoll, cazm, ccprog, Chandra Patel, chesio, chetansatasiya, Chirag Patel, Chouby, Chris Klosowski, Chris Mok, chriseverson, Christian Chung, Corey McKrill, Courtney P.K., Cristiano Zanca, csloisel, Curdin Krummenacher, Cyrus Collier, Daniel Bachhuber , Daniel Llewellyn, Daniele Scasciafratte, Darren Ethier (nerrad), Darshan_dj, darthaud, Daryl L. L. Houston (dllh), David A. Kennedy, David Anderson, David Binovec, David Herrera, David Shanske, davidbenton, designsimply, Dhanendran, Dharmesh Patel, Dhaval Parekh, dingo-d, Dion Hulse, Dominik Schilling, Dotan Cohen, DoubleH, DreamOn11, Drew Jaynes, Drivingralle, dspilka, Edwin Cromley, Ejner Galaz, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, emirpprime, Eric Andrew Lewis, Erick Hitter, Ethan Allen, Fabien Quatravaux, Felix Arntz, fibonaccina, Florian TIAR, Francesca Marano, Frank Neumann-Staude, Franz Josef Kaiser, Gabriel Maldonado, Garth Mortensen, Gary Cao, Gary Pendergast, George Stephanis, Gustave F. Gerhardt, hedgefield, Helen Hou-Sandí, helgatheviking, Hristo Pandjarov, Ian Dunn, ig_communitysites, Igor Zinovyev, imath, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), ireneyoast, Ivan Stefanov, ivantedja, J.D. Grimes, Jack Reichert, Jake Spurlock, James Nylen, Jaydeep Rami, jazbek, Jeff Bowen, Jeff Farthing, Jeff Paul, Jeffrey de Wit, Jen Miller, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Pry, Jignesh Nakrani, Jip Moors, jjcomack, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle, Joe McGill, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, John Regan, Jonathan Desrosiers, Jonny Harris, Joost de Valk, Josepha, Josh Pollock, Juhi Saxena, Justin Kopepasah, Justin Tucker, K.Adam White, kafleg, Kailey (trepmal), karinedo, Kathryn, kaushik, Keanan Koppenhaver, keesiemeijer, Kelly Dwan, Kite, kjellr, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, kostasx, kubik-rubik, KUCKLU, Lance Willett, Laurel Fulford, Lee Willis, leemon, LewisCowles, LiamMcArthur, Lucas Stark, lukasbesch, Luke Cavanagh, Maedah Batool, maguiar, Mahesh Prajapati, mantismamita, Marin Atanasov, Mark Jaquith, Mark Root-Wiley, Mark Uraine, Marko Heijnen, Matheus Martins, MatheusGimenez, mathieuhays, matias, Matt Wiebe, Matthew Boynes, Matthew Haines-Young, mattyrob, Maxime Culea, Mayo Moriyama, Mayur Keshwani, Mel Choyce, Menaka S., Michael Arestad, michalzuber, michelleweber, Miina Sikk, Mike Crantea, Mike Hansen, Mike Jolley, Mike Little, Mike Nelson, Mike Schroder, Milan Dinić, Milind More, Mithun Raval, MMDeveloper, Mohammad Jangda, mohanjith, monikarao, Morgan Estes, moto hachi ( mt8.biz ), MrGregWaugh, mschadegg, Muhammet Arslan, MULTIDOTS, Naoko Takano, Naomi C. Bush, Nate Reist, Ned Zimmerman, Nick Halsey , Nikhil Chavan, Nitin Kevadiya, Nitish Kaila, nobremarcos, NoseGraze, nsundberg, nullvariable, odyssey, page-carbajal, Pascal Birchler, Paul Bearne, Paul Biron, Paul de Wouters, Paul Ryan, pavelevap, Payton Swick, pdufour, Perdaan, Peter Wilson, Philip John, Piotr Delawski, Piotr Soluch, postpostmodern, Pranali Patel, Pratik Shrestha, Presskopp, printsachen1, Priyanka Behera, prosti, ptbello, Rachel Baker, Rafael Ehlers, raggedrobins, raisonon, Rami Yushuvaev, ramiabraham, ranh, RC Lations, redrambles, reidbusi, reldev, rellect, RENAUT, rensw90, reportermike, Rian Rietveld, Riddhi Mehta, Robbie Cahill, Robert O'Rourke, Robin Cornett, runciters, Ryan Boren, Ryan McCue, Ryan Welcher, Sagar Jadhav, Sagar Prajapati, sagarkbhatt, Sal Ferrarello, Samantha Miller, Sami Keijonen, Samuel Sidler, Sanket Parmar, sathyapulse, sboisvert, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, Sean Hayes, Sebastian Pisula, Sergey Biryukov, sfpt, sgolemon, Shady Sharaf, shashwatmittal, shazahm1, shulard, slbmeh, Soren Wrede, Stanimir Stoyanov, Stephane Daury (stephdau), Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steven Word, stormrockwell, Sudar Muthu, Supercoder, Sybre Waaijer, szaqal21, taggon, Takayuki Miyauchi, Takayuki Miyoshi, Tammie Lister, technopolitica, teinertb, tejas5989, terwdan, tharsheblows, theMikeD, thepelkus, Thorsten Frommen, Timmy Crawford, Timothy Jacobs, timph, tmatsuur, tomdxw, Topher, Travis Smith, triplejumper12, truongwp, tymvie, Ulrich, Utkarsh, vaishu.agola27, vijustin, vortfu, Weston Ruter, wpfo, xrmx, ze3kr, and Zeljko Ascic.

 

Finally, thanks to all the community translators who worked on WordPress 4.8. Their efforts bring WordPress 4.8 fully translated to 38 languages at release time with more on the way.

Do you want to report on WordPress 4.8? We’ve compiled a press kit featuring information about the release features, and some media assets to help you along.

If you want to follow along or help out, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress — we hope you enjoy!

We’re planning a smaller WP release early next month, bringing in three major enhancements:

  • An improved visual editor experience, with a new TinyMCE that allows you navigate more intuitively in and out of inline elements like links. (Try it out to see, it’s hard to describe.)
  • A revamp of the dashboard news widget to bring in nearby and upcoming events including meetups and WordCamps.
  • Several new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, and an enhancement to the text widget to support visual editing.

The first beta of 4.8 is now available for testing. You can use the beta tester plugin (or just run trunk) to try the latest and greatest, and each of these areas could use a ton of testing. Our goals are to make editing posts with links more intuitive, make widgets easier for new users and more convenient for existing ones, and get many more people aware of and attending our community events.

Four point eight is here
Small changes with a big punch
Big ones come later

We’re at a turning point: 2017 is going to be the year that we’re going to see features in WordPress which require hosts to have HTTPS available. Just as JavaScript is a near necessity for smoother user experiences and more modern PHP versions are critical for performance, SSL .

SSL basically means the link between your browser and the server is encrypted. SSL used to be difficult to implement, and often expensive or slow. Modern browsers, and the incredible success of projects like Let’s Encrypt have made getting a certificate to secure your site fast, free, and something we think every host should support by default, especially in a post-Snowden era. Google also weighs SSL as a search engine ranking factor and will begin flagging unencrypted sites in Chrome.

First, early in 2017, we will only promote hosting partners that provide a SSL certificate by default in their accounts. Later we will begin to assess which features, such as API authentication, would benefit the most from SSL and make them only enabled when SSL is there.

Separately, I also think the performance improvements in PHP7 are particularly impressive, and major kudos to everyone who worked on that. We will consider whether hosts use PHP7 by default for new accounts next year as well.

 

The title says it all. We had some great applications for cities to host WordCamp US after we finish up in Philadelphia this year, and the city chosen for 2017-2018 is Nashville, Tennessee.

Based on the other great applications we got I’m also excited about the pipeline of communities that could host it in future years as WordCamp US travels across the United States and gives us an opportunity to learn and love a new city, as we have with Philadelphia.

By the way, if you haven’t yet, now is a great time to take the Annual WordPress Survey and ask your friends to as well.

Photo Credit.

Version 4.4 of WordPress, named “Clifford” in honor of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.4 make your site more connected and responsive. Clifford also introduces a new default theme, Twenty Sixteen.


Introducing Twenty Sixteen

A screenshot of Twenty Sixteen set in an iPad frame

Our newest default theme, Twenty Sixteen, is a modern take on a classic blog design.

Twenty Sixteen was built to look great on any device. A fluid grid design, flexible header, fun color schemes, and more, will all make your content shine.


Responsive Images

An image of a laptop, iPad, Android phone, and iPhone containing the same image displayed at multiple sizes to demonstrate responsive image features.

WordPress now takes a smarter approach to displaying appropriate image sizes on any device, ensuring a perfect fit every time. You don’t need to do anything to your theme, it just works.


Embed Everything

New Embeds Feature in WordPress 4.4

Now you can embed your posts on other WordPress sites. Simply drop a post URL into the editor and see an instant embed preview, complete with the title, excerpt, and featured image if you’ve set one. We’ll even include your site icon and links for comments and sharing.

In addition to post embeds, WordPress 4.4 also adds support for five new oEmbed providers: Cloudup, Reddit Comments, ReverbNation, Speaker Deck, and VideoPress.


Under the Hood

The WordPress REST API logo

REST API infrastructure

Infrastructure for the REST API has been integrated into core, marking a new era in developing with WordPress. The REST API gives developers an easy way to build and extend RESTful APIs on top of WordPress.

Infrastructure is the first part of a multi-stage rollout for the REST API. Inclusion of core endpoints is targeted for an upcoming release. To get a sneak peek of the core endpoints, and for more information on extending the REST API, check out the official WordPress REST API plugin.

Term meta

Terms now support metadata, just like posts. See add_term_meta(), get_term_meta(), and update_term_meta() for more information.

Comment query improvements

Comment queries now have cache handling to improve performance. New arguments in WP_Comment_Query make crafting robust comment queries simpler.

Term, comment, and network objects

New WP_Term, WP_Comment, and WP_Network objects make interacting with terms, comments, and networks more predictable and intuitive in code.


The Team

Scott TaylorThis release was led by Scott Taylor, with the help of these fine individuals. There are 469 contributors with props in this release (by far the most ever!). Pull up some Clifford Brown on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:

@mercime, _smartik_, A5hleyRich, Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, aaronrutley, Adam Harley (Kawauso), Adam Silverstein, adamholisky, aduth, Ahmad Awais, Aki Bjorklund, AlbertoCT, Alex Kirk, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond), Alex Shiels, Alexander Gounder, alireza1375, Amanda Giles, amereservant, Amy Hendrix (sabreuse), Andrea Fercia, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Norcross, Andrew Ozz, Andy Fragen, Angelo Mandato, Ankit Gade, Ankit K Gupta, Anthony Burchell, ap.koponen, apokalyptik, Athsear'J.S., atomicjack, Austin Matzko, austinginder, Barry Ceelen, Barry Kooij, bcworkz, BdN3504, Bego Mario Garde, Ben May, Benjamin Pick, Bernhard Riedl, bigdawggi, bilalcoder, BinaryKitten, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), Bjorn Johansen, bobbingwide, bonger, Boone B. Gorges, Brad Touesnard, bradparbs, Brady Vercher, Brandon Kraft, bravokeyl, brentvr, brettz95, Bruno Kos, Cam, Cami Kaos, carolinegeven, Casey Bisson, Catalin Dogaru, ch1902, chacha102, Chandra M, Chase Wiseman, chiara_09, Chip Bennett, Chirag Swadia, Chris Christoff, Chris Kindred, Chris Klosowski, chriscoyier, Chrisdc1, christianoliff, Christoph Herr, Christopher Finke, cjhaas, codeelite, Coen Jacobs, Compute, Courtney Ivey, Craig Ralston, Curtiss Grymala, Daisuke Takahashi, Dan Boulet, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Koskinen, Daniel Menard, Daniele Scasciafratte, daniellandau, daniloercoli, Danny de Haan, Darren Ethier (nerrad), Daryl L. L. Houston (dllh), datta.parad, Dave McHale, David A. Kennedy, David Anderson, David Binovec, David Herrera, DeBAAT, Denis de Bernardy, Dennis Ploetner, Derek Herman, Devin Price, Dezzy, Dion Hulse, Dipali Dhole, dipesh.kakadiya, Dominik Bruderer, Dominik Schilling, Dreb Bits, Drew Jaynes, dshanske, dustinbolton, Dzikri Aziz, edirect24, Eduardo Reveles, Eduardo Zulian, Edward Caissie, Egill R. Erlendsson, egower, Ehsaan, ehtis, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, Ellie Strejlau, Elliott Stocks, elusiveunit, enshrined, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Binnion, Eric Daams, Eric Mann, ericjuden, Evan Herman, F4rkie, Felix Arntz, Firdaus Zahari, fonglh, francoisb, Frank Klein, Frankie Jarrett, Frozzare, Gaelan Lloyd, Gagan Deep Singh, Gary Cao, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, garza, Gautam Gupta, geminorum, geza.miklo, Gijs Jorissen, Giuseppe Mamone, Giustino Borzacchiello, gnaka08, Greg Rickaby, Gregory Karpinsky (@tivnet), grvrulz, Gustavo Bordoni, Gustavo Bordoni, gwinh.lopez, hakre, hauvong, Helen Hou-Sandí, Hinaloe, Hrishikesh Vaipurkar, Hugh Lashbrooke, Hugo Baeta, Iain Poulson, Ian Dunn, Ian Stewart, icetee, Ignacio Cruz Moreno, Ihor Vorotnov, imath, ippetkov, J.D. Grimes, jakub.tyrcha, James Huff, janhenckens, Japh, Jasper de Groot, jazbek, jcroucher, Jeff Farthing, Jeff Stieler, JeffMatson, Jeffrey de Wit, jeichorn, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Pry, Jeroen Schmit, Jesin A, Jesper van Engelen, jim912, jliman, jmayhak, jnylen0, Jobst Schmalenbach, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle, Joe McGill, joehills, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, John P. Bloch, Jon Cave, Jonathan Bardo, Jonathan Desrosiers, Joost de Valk, Jorge Bernal, Josh Betz, Josh Eaton, Josh Pollock, jrf, Juhi Saxena, Julio Potier, justdaiv, Justin Sainton, Justin Shreve, Justin Sternberg, Justin Tadlock, K.Adam White, Kailey (trepmal), KalenJohnson, karinedo, karpstrucking, Kelly Dwan, Kevin Behrens, Kevin Langley, kevinatelement, kitchin, Kite, Kloon, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, kraftner, Krzysiek Drozdz, Kurt Payne, laceous, Lance Willett, Laurens Offereins, lcherpit, ldinclaux, Lee Willis, leemon, lessbloat, linuxologos, Lucas Karpiuk, lucatume, luciole135, lucymtc, Luke Carbis, madalin.ungureanu, Mako, manolis09, Marcin Pietrzak, Marin Atanasov, Mario Peshev, Marius (Clorith), Mark Jaquith, Marko Heijnen, Markus, Mat Marquis, Matheus Martins, Matt Gibbs, Matt Martz, Matt Mullenweg, Matt van Andel, mattbagwell, Matthew Boynes, Matthew Haines-Young, mazurstas, mbrandys, mdmcginn, mehulkaklotar, Mel Choyce, meloniq, micahmills, micahwave, Michael Adams (mdawaffe), Michael Arestad, Michael Cain, Michiel Habraken, Mickey Kay, Mike Burns, Mike Glendinning, Mike Hansen, Mike Jolley, Mike Jordan, Mike Schinkel, Mike Schroder, Milan Dinic, mindctrl, mismith227, misterunknown, mitcho (Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine), Monika, Morgan Estes, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, moto hachi ( mt8.biz ), Mr Papa, mrmist, mulvane, neoscrib, NExT-Season, Niall Kennedy, nicholas_io, Nick Ciske, Nick Halsey, NickDuncan, Nicolas Juen, nikeo, Nikhil Chavan, Niklas, Nikola Nikolov, Nikolay Bachiyski, Nilambar Sharma, OriginalEXE, Paresh Radadiya, Pascal Birchler, Pat O'Brien, Paul Bearne, Paul de Wouters, Paul Ryan, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, Payton Swick, Peter Wilson, Petter Walbo Johnsgard, Petya Raykovska, pfefferle, Philip Arthur Moore, PhilipLakin, Philipp Cordes, Piotr Delawski, Piotr Soluch, Pippin Williamson, Prasad Nevase, Prasath Nadarajah, Rachel Baker, rajnikmit, Rakesh Lawaju (Racase Lawaju), ramay, Rami Yushuvaev, Raul Illana, renoirb, rhubbardreverb, Rhys Wynne, Rian Rietveld, Richard Tape, Robert Chapin, Rodrigo Primo, Rommel Castro, Ron Rennick, Ronald Huereca, Russell Heimlich, Ruud Laan, Ryan Kienstra, Ryan Markel, Ryan McCue, Ryan Welcher, Safirul Alredha, Sal Ferrarello, Sam Brodie, sam2kb, Samir Shah, Samuel Sidler, Samuel Wood (Otto), Sanket Parmar, Sara Rosso, sarciszewski, sboisvert, Scott Grant, Scott Kingsley Clark, Scott Reilly, ScreenfeedFr, scribu, Sean Davis, Sean Hayes, Sebastian Pisula, Sergey Biryukov, serpent7776, several27, shimakyohsuke, side777, Simon Prosser, Simon Wheatley, Siobhan, sirzooro, sjmur, smerriman, Spacedmonkey, Stanislav Khromov, Stanko Metodiev, stebbiv, Stefan Froehlich, Stephanie Leary, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steve Grunwell, stevehenty, SteveHoneyNZ, Steven Word, Store Locator Plus, Sudar Muthu, Sumit Singh, summerblue, Sunny Ratilal, Takashi Irie, Takayuki Miyauchi, Tammie Lister, Tanner Moushey, tbcorr, Terry Chay, tharsheblows, theMikeD, thomaswm, Thorsten Frommen, Thorsten Ott, tigertech, Till Kruss, Tim Evko, tmatsuur, tmeister, TobiasBg, Tom Willmot, TomHarrigan, tommarshall, tomsommer, Toni Viemero, Toro_Unit (Hiroshi Urabe), Tracy (LilJimmi) Levesque, Tran Ngoc Tuan Anh, Travis Smith, trenzterra, Tryon Eggleston, tszming, ty, Ty Carlson, Ulrich, Ulrich Sossou, Umesh Kumar, Umesh Nevase, utkarshpatel, vilkatis, voldemortensen, Walter Ebert, walterbarcelos, webdevmattcrom, WEN Solutions, WEN Themes, Weston Ruter, wmertens, Wojtek Szkutnik, WP Plugin Dev dot com, wpdev101, wpseek, wturrell, Yam Chhetri, Yoav Farhi, Zach Wills, Zack Rothauser, and Zack Tollman.

 

Special thanks go to Siobhan McKeown for producing the release video with Sara Rosso, and Cami Kaos for the voice-over.

Finally, thanks to all of the contributors who provided subtitles for the release video, which at last count had been translated into 23 languages!

If you want to follow along or help out, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress. See you soon for version 4.5!

WordPress 4.3 - "Billie"

Version 4.3 of WordPress, named “Billie” in honor of jazz singer Billie Holiday, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.3 make it even easier to format your content and customize your site.


Menus in the Customizer

Create your menu, update it, and assign it, all while live-previewing in the customizer. The streamlined customizer design provides a mobile-friendly and accessible interface. With every release, it becomes easier and faster to make your site just the way you want it.


Formatting Shortcuts

Your writing flow just got faster with new formatting shortcuts in WordPress 4.3. Use asterisks to create lists and number signs to make a heading. No more breaking your flow; your text looks great with a * and a #.


Site Icons


 
Site icons represent your site in browser tabs, bookmark menus, and on the home screen of mobile devices. Add your unique site icon in the customizer; it will even stay in place when you switch themes. Make your whole site reflect your brand.


Better Passwords


 
Keep your site more secure with WordPress’ improved approach to passwords. Instead of receiving passwords via email, you’ll get a password reset link. When you add new users to your site or edit a user profile, WordPress will automatically generate a secure password.


Other improvements

  • A smoother admin experience – Refinements to the list view across the admin make your WordPress more accessible and easier to work with on any device.
  • Comments turned off on pages – All new pages that you create will have comments turned off. Keep discussions to your blog, right where they’re supposed to happen.
  • Customize your site quickly – Wherever you are on the front-end, you can click the customize link in the toolbar to swiftly make changes to your site.

The Team

Konstantin ObenlandThis release was led by Konstantin Obenland, with the help of these fine individuals. There are 246 contributors with props in this release. Pull up some Billie Holiday on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:

@mercime, Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, Adam Heckler, Adam Silverstein, Aki Bjorklund, Alex Kirk, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond), Alex Shiels, Alin Marcu, andfinally, Andrea Fercia, Andrea Gandino, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andy Fragen, Ankit K Gupta, Anthony Burchell, anubisthejackle, Aram Zucker-Scharff, Arjun S Kumar, avnarun, Bad Feather, Ben Cole, Ben Dunkle, BinaryKitten, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), Bjorn Johansen, bolo1988, Boone B. Gorges, Brad Touesnard, Bram Duvigneau, Brandon Kraft, Brian Krogsgard, Brian Layman, Caleb Burks, CalEvans, Chase Wiseman, Chip Bennett, Chouby, Chris Olbekson, chriscct7, Clement Biron, Craig Ralston, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Jalkut (Red Sweater), Daniele Mte90 Scasciafratte, daniluk4000, Dave McHale, DaveAl, David A. Kennedy, David Herrera, daxelrod, Denis de Bernardy, Dennis Ploetner, Derek Herman, Dion Hulse, dipesh.kakadiya, dmsnell, Dominik Schilling, Drew Jaynes, Dzikri Aziz, eclev91, eligijus, Elio Rivero, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Binnion, Eric Mann, Fabien Quatravaux, Felix Arntz, francoeurdavid, Frank Klein, gabrielperezs, Garth Mortensen, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, George Stephanis, glennm, gtuk, hailin, hauvong, Helen Hou-Sandí, henrikakselsen, Hinaloe, Hrishikesh Vaipurkar, Hugo Baeta, imath, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), isaacchapman, izem, J.D. Grimes, Jack Lenox, jadpm, jamesgol, jancbeck, Jeff Farthing, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Pry, Jeremy Ward, Jesin A, jipmoors, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle, Joe McGill, Joey Kudish, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, John Leschinski, Joost de Valk, Jpyper, jrf, Julio Potier, Justin Sternberg, Kai, karinchristen, karpstrucking, Kelly Dwan, kevkoeh, kitchin, Kite, Konstantin Kovshenin, Lance Willett, Lee Willis, Leo Gopal, loushou, Lumaraf, Marin Atanasov, Mario Peshev, Marius (Clorith), Mark Jaquith, Marko Heijnen, marsjaninzmarsa, martinsachse, Matt Mullenweg, Matt van Andel, Matt Wiebe, mattyrob, maxxsnake, Mel Choyce, Michael, Michael Adams (mdawaffe), Michael Arestad, michaelryanmcneill, Mickey Kay, mihai, Mike Hansen, Mike Nelson, Mike Schroder, Milan Dinic, Morgan Estes, mrutz, nabil_kadimi, Naoko Takano, Nazmul Hossain Nihal, nicholas_io, Nick Halsey, Nick Momrik, Nikolay Bachiyski, Nilambar Sharma, ohryan, Onni Hakala, Ozh, Paresh Radadiya, Pascal Birchler, Paul Gibbs, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, Pete Nelson, Peter Wilson, PeterRKnight, Philip Arthur Moore, Pippin Williamson, polevaultweb, pragunbhutani, Rachel Baker, Rami Yushuvaev, rarylson, Rastislav Lamos, rauchg, Ravinder Kumar, RC Lations, Reuben Gunday, Rian Rietveld, Ritesh Patel, Robert Chapin, Robert Dall, Rodrigo Primo, Rommel Castro, Ross Wintle, Rouven Hurling, Ryan Boren, Ryan Marks, Ryan McCue, Ryan Welcher, Sagar Jadhav, Sal Ferrarello, Samir Shah, santagada, Scott Kingsley Clark, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, scribu, scruffian, Sean Hayes, sebastiantiede, Sergey Biryukov, Shawn Hooper, Sheri Bigelow, Simon Wheatley, Siobhan, Stanko Metodiev, Stephane Daury (stephdau), Stephen Edgar, Steve Grunwell, Steven Word, stuartshields, Sudar, Sunny Ratilal, taka2, tharsheblows, Thor Brink, Tim Smith, tlexcellent, tmatsuur, TobiasBg, Tomas Mackevicius, TomHarrigan, Toro_Unit (Hiroshi Urabe), Toru Miki, Tracy Levesque, Tryon Eggleston, Ty Carlson, Udit Desai, vivekbhusal, Weston Ruter, Will Norris, willgladstone, William Earnhardt, willstedt, WPMU DEV Jose, Yoav Farhi, Yuri Salame, Zach Wills, Zack Katz, and Zack Tollman.

 

Special thanks go to Siobhan McKeown for producing the release video, Hugo Baeta for the design, and Jack Lenox for the voice-over.

Finally, thanks to all of the contributors who provided subtitles for the release video, which at last count had been translated into 30 languages!

If you want to follow along or help out, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress. See you soon for version 4.4!

Version 4.2 of WordPress, named “Powell” in honor of jazz pianist Bud Powell, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.2 help you communicate and share, globally.


An easier way to share content

Press ThisClip it, edit it, publish it. Get familiar with the new and improved Press This. From the Tools menu, add Press This to your browser bookmark bar or your mobile device home screen. Once installed you can share your content with lightning speed. Sharing your favorite videos, images, and content has never been this fast or this easy.


Extended character support

Character support for emoji, special charactersWriting in WordPress, whatever your language, just got better. WordPress 4.2 supports a host of new characters out-of-the-box, including native Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters, musical and mathematical symbols, and hieroglyphs.

Don’t use any of those characters? You can still have fun — emoji are now available in WordPress! Get creative and decorate your content with 💙, 🐸, 🐒, 🍕, and all the many other emoji.


Customizer theme switcher

Switch themes in the Customizer

Browse and preview your installed themes from the Customizer. Make sure the theme looks great with your content, before it debuts on your site.

Tumbr.com oEmbed example

Even more embeds

Paste links from Tumblr.com and Kickstarter and watch them magically appear right in the editor. With every release, your publishing and editing experience get closer together.

Inline plugin updates

Streamlined plugin updates

Goodbye boring loading screen, hello smooth and simple plugin updates. Click Update Now and watch the magic happen.


Under the Hood

utf8mb4 support

Database character encoding has changed from utf8 to utf8mb4, which adds support for a whole range of new 4-byte characters.

JavaScript accessibility

You can now send audible notifications to screen readers in JavaScript with wp.a11y.speak(). Pass it a string, and an update will be sent to a dedicated ARIA live notifications area.

Shared term splitting

Terms shared across multiple taxonomies will be split when one of them is updated. Find out more in the Plugin Developer Handbook.

Complex query ordering

WP_Query, WP_Comment_Query, and WP_User_Query now support complex ordering with named meta query clauses.


The Team

Drew JaynesThis release was led by Drew Jaynes, with the help of these fine individuals. There are 283 contributors with props in this release, a new high. Pull up some Bud Powell on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:

@mercime, A5hleyRich, Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, abhishekfdd, Adam Silverstein, Ahmad Awais, Alex King, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond), Alin Marcu, Allan Collins, Andrea Fercia, Andrew Bauer, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Norcross, Andrew Ozz, Ankit Gade, Ankit K Gupta, Anton Timmermans, Aram Zucker-Scharff, ArminBraun, Ashfame, Austin Matzko, avryl, Barry Kooij, Beau Lebens, Ben Doherty (Oomph, Inc), Billy Schneider, Boone B. Gorges, Brandon Kraft, Brian Krogsgard, Brian Watson, CalEvans, carolinegeven, Casey Driscoll, Caspie, Catalin Dogaru, Chip Bennett, chipx86, ChriCo, Chris Baldelomar, Chris Olbekson, Christian Foellmann, Christopher Finke, Clifton Griffin, Code Master, Corphi, Courtney Ivey, Craig Ralston, cweiske, Daisuke Takahashi, Damian, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Jalkut (Red Sweater), Darin Kotter, Darren Ethier (nerrad), Daryl L. L. Houston (dllh), Dave McHale, David A. Kennedy, David Anderson, David Herrera, Davide 'Folletto' Casali, davideugenepratt, davidhamiltron, Denis de Bernardy, Derek Herman, Derek Smart, designsimply, Dion Hulse, dipesh.kakadiya, Dominik Schilling, doublesharp, DzeryCZ, Dzikri Aziz, e.mazovetskiy, Eduardo Reveles, Edward Caissie, Elio Rivero, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, elliottcarlson, enej, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Binnion, Erick Hitter, Evan Solomon, Fabien Quatravaux, fhwebcs, Florian Simeth, Frank Bueltge, Frank P. Walentynowicz, Franz Josef Kaiser, Gary Cao, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, Geert De Deckere, genkisan, George Stephanis, Graham Armfield, Gustavo Bordoni, hakre, Harish Chaudhari, hauvong, Helen Hou-Sandí, herbmillerjr, Hew, horike, Hugh Lashbrooke, Hugo Baeta, Ian Dunn, ianmjones, idealien, imath, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), J.D. Grimes, Jack Lenox, James Collins, janhenckens, Jeff Farthing, Jeffrey de Wit, Jeremy Felt, Jesin A, jipmoors, Joan Artes, Joe Dolson, Joe McGill, Joel Bernerman, Joen Asmussen, John Blackbourn, John Eckman, John James Jacoby, John Levandowski, Jonathan Desrosiers, joost de keijzer, Joost de Valk, Jose Castaneda, Josh Levinson, jphase, Julio Potier, Justin Kopepasah, Justin Sternberg, Justin Watt, K.Adam White, Kailey (trepmal), Kelly Dwan, Kevin Ruscoe, Kim Parsell, Kite, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Lance Willett, Leonard, Leonardo Giacone, Liam Gladdy, maimairel, Mako, Manny Fleurmond, marcelomazza, Marco Chiesi, Marcus Kazmierczak, Marin Atanasov, Mario Peshev, Marius (Clorith), Mark Jaquith, Mark Senff, Marko Heijnen, Matt Gibbs, Matt Martz, Matt Mullenweg, Matt Wiebe, Matt Zak, Matthew Boynes, Matthew Eppelsheimer, Matthew Haines-Young, mattyrob, Max Cutler, mehulkaklotar, Mel Choyce, meloniq, Michael Adams (mdawaffe), Michael Arestad, Michael Beckwith, michalzuber, Mike Glendinning, Mike Hansen, Mike Jordan, Mike Schinkel, MikeNGarrett, Milan Dinic, mmn-o, Mohammad Jangda, MomDad, Morgan Estes, Morpheu5, Naoko Takano, nathan_dawson, Neil Pie, Nick Halsey, nicnicnicdevos, Nikhil Vimal, ninnypants, nitkr, Nuno Morgadinho, OriginalEXE, Paresh Radadiya, Pat Hawks, Paul Bearne, Paul Schreiber, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, Payton Swick, Pete Mall, Pete Nelson, Peter Wilson, Pippin Williamson, podpirate, postpostmodern, Prasath Nadarajah, prasoon2211, Primoz Cigler, r-a-y, Rachel Baker, rahulbhangale, Rami Yushuvaev, Rastislav Lamos, Ravindra Pal Singh, Rian Rietveld, Ritesh Patel, Robert Chapin, Rodrigo Primo, Ross Wintle, Ryan Boren, Ryan Marks, sagarjadhav, samo9789, samuelsidler, Scott Grant, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, scott.gonzalez, ScreenfeedFr, scribu, Sean Hayes, Sergej Muller, Sergey Biryukov, sevenspark, Simon Wheatley, Siobhan, sippis, Slobodan Manic, solarissmoke, Stephane Daury, Stephanie Leary, Stephen Edgar, Steve Grunwell, stevehickeydesign, Steven Word, Takashi Irie, Takuro Hishikawa, theMikeD, thomaswm, Thorsten Frommen, Till, Timothy Jacobs, tiqbiz, tmatsuur, tmeister, Tobias Schutter, TobiasBg, tomdxw, Travis Northcutt, trishasalas, Ty Carlson, UaMV, Udit Desai, Ulrich Sossou, Veritaserum, voldemortensen, VolodymyrC, vortfu, welcher, Weston Ruter, William Earnhardt, and WordPressor.

Special thanks go to Siobhan McKeown for producing the release video and Cami Kaos for the voice-over.

Finally, thanks to all of the contributors who provided subtitles for the release video, which at last count had been translated into 30 languages!

Adrian Pop, Alin Marcu, Bagerathan Sivarajah, Besnik, Bjørn Johansen, Chantal Coolsma, cubells, Daisuke Takahashi, Diana K. Cury, DjZoNe, dyrer, Elzette Roelofse, Emre Erkan, fxbenard, TacoVerdo, Gabriel Reguly, Jenny Wong, Gary Jones, Håvard Grimelid, Joachim Jensen, Jimmy Xu, Junko Nukaga, JustinaKenan DervisevicKostas Vrouvas, Krzysztof Trynkiewicz, Luís Rodrigues, Luis Rull, Mark Thomas Gazel , Marius Jensen, matthee, Mattias Tengblad, Matúš Záhradník, Mayuko Moriyama, Michal Vittek, Milan Dinić, MrShemek, Naoko Takano, pavelevap, Peter Holme Obrestad, Petya Raykovska, Przemysław Mirota, qraczek, Rafa Poveda, Rami Yushuvaev, Rasheed Bydousi, Rhoslyn Prys, Robert Axelsen, Sergey Biryukov, Siobhan Bamber, Stephen Edgar, ک To Have داشتن, Torsten Landsiedel, Victor J. Quesada, Wolly, Xavi Ivars, Xavier Borderie

If you want to follow along or help out, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress. See you soon for version 4.3!

Version 4.1 of WordPress, named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in WordPress 4.1 help you focus on your writing, and the new default theme lets you show it off in style.


Introducing Twenty Fifteen

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Our newest default theme, Twenty Fifteen, is a blog-focused theme designed for clarity.

Twenty Fifteen has flawless language support, with help from Google’s Noto font family.

The straightforward typography is readable on any screen size.

Your content always takes center stage, whether viewed on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.


Distraction-free writing

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Just write.

Sometimes, you just need to concentrate on putting your thoughts into words. Try turning on distraction-free writing mode. When you start typing, all the distractions will fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when you need them.


The Finer Points

Choose a language

Right now, WordPress 4.1 is already translated into over forty languages, with more always in progress. You can switch to any translation on the General Settings screen.

Log out everywhere

If you’ve ever worried you forgot to sign out from a shared computer, you can now go to your profile and log out everywhere.

Vine embeds

Embedding videos from Vine is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post. See the full list of supported embeds.

Plugin recommendations

The plugin installer suggests plugins for you to try. Recommendations are based on the plugins you and other users have installed.


Under the Hood

Complex Queries

Metadata, date, and term queries now support advanced conditional logic, like nested clauses and multiple operators — A AND ( B OR C ).

Customizer API

The customizer now supports conditionally showing panels and sections based on the page being previewed.

<title> tags in themes

add_theme_support( 'title-tag' ) tells WordPress to handle the complexities of document titles.

Developer Reference

Continued improvements to inline code documentation have made the developer reference more complete than ever.


The Choir

This release was led by John Blackbourn, with the help of these awesome folks. Check out some of their profiles while listening to Dinah Washington on the music service of your choice:

Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, Adam Silverstein, akumria, Alex Concha, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond), Alex Shiels, Allan Collins, Amaury Balmer, Amruta Bhosale, Andrea Fercia, Andrea Gandino, Andrew Munro (sumobi), Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrew Ryno, Andrey "Rarst" Savchenko, Ankit Gade, Ankit K Gupta, Anthony Burchell, arippberger, Austin Matzko, Bainternet, Barry Kooij, Ben Dunkle, Ben May, Bernhard Riedl, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), bobbingwide, Boone B. Gorges, Brady Vercher, Bram Duvigneau, Brandon Kraft, Brian DiChiara, Brian Richards, Brian Watson, Camden Segal, Captain Theme, Carlos, Caspie, ccprice, Charles Fulton, ChriCo, Chris Aprea, Chris Jean, Chris Marslender, Chris Reynolds, chriscct7, chrisl27, Christian Foellmann, Christopher Finke, Corey Snow, Corphi, curtjen, Damon Cook, Dan Cameron, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Convissor, Darren Ethier (nerrad), Daryl Koopersmith, Dave McHale, David A. Kennedy, David Cavins, David Herrera, David Laietta, David Wood, DavidTheMachine, Dennis Ploetner, Dion Hulse, Dirk Weise, Dominik Schilling, Dominik Schwind, Drew Jaynes, Dustin Filippini, Dustin Hartzler, Elio Rivero, Eric Binnion, Eric Holmes, Eric Lewis, Fabien Quatravaux, florianziegler, Gabe Shackle, Gary Cao, Gary Pendergast, Gennady Kovshenin, George Olaru, George Stephanis, Greg Rickaby, Gregory Cornelius, Gregory Karpinsky (@tivnet), Gustavo Bordoni, hardy101, hauvong, Helen Hou-Sandí, heshiming, honeysilvas, hugodelgado, Ian Stewart, ianmjones, Ignacio Cruz Moreno, imath, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), Ivan Kristianto, J.D. Grimes, jaimieolmstead, jakub.tyrcha, janhenckens, Janneke Van Dorpe, Japh, Jared Wenerd, jarednova, jeanyoungkim, Jeff Farthing, Jeff Stieler, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Herve, Jesin A, Jesper Johansen (jayjdk), Jesper van Engelen, Jesse Pollak, jipmoors, Joe Dolson, Joe McGill, John Eckman, johnrom, johnstonphilip, Jon Brown, Jon Cave, Jonathan Brinley, Jonathan Desrosiers, Joost de Valk, Jordi Cabot, Joshua Abenazer, JOTAKI Taisuke, jrf, Julien Liabeuf, Justin Sainton, Justin Sternberg, K.Adam White, Kailey (trepmal), kamelkev, karpstrucking, keesiemeijer, Kelly Dwan, Kevin Langley, Kiko Doran, Kim Parsell, Kirk Wight, kitchin, Kite, Knut Sparhell, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Kostas Vrouvas, kristastevens, Kurt Payne, Lance Willett, Laurens Offereins, linuxologos, Liuiza Arunas, loushou, Lutz Schroer, Manoz69, mantismamita, Marco Schmoecker, Mario Peshev, Marius (Clorith), Mark Hudnall, Mark Jaquith, Mark Senff, Marko Heijnen, marsjaninzmarsa, Matias Ventura, Matt Mullenweg, Matt Wiebe, Matthew Boynes, Matthew Haines-Young, mattkeys, Maura Teal, Mel Choyce, Mert Yazicioglu, Michael Adams (mdawaffe), Michael Arestad, Michael Beckwith, Michael Cain, Michael Pick, michalzuber, Michelle Langston, Miguel Fonseca, Mike Hansen, Mike Jolley, Mike Nelson, Mike Schroder, Mikey Arce, Mitch Canter (studionashvegas), Morgan Estes, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, mvd7793, Nashwan Doaqan, Niall Kennedy, Nick Halsey, Nikhil Vimal, Nikola Nikolov, nobleclem, noplanman, Nowell VanHoesen, OriginalEXE, p_enrique, Paul de Wouters, Paul Schreiber, Paul van Zyl, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, Peter Chester, Peter J. Herrel, Peter Westwood, Peter Wilson, Philip Arthur Moore, phpmypython, Pippin Williamson, Prasath Nadarajah, psycleuk, Ptah Dunbar, quietnic, Rachel Baker, Rami Yushuvaev, ramiabraham, Reuben Gunday, Rian Rietveld, Richard Archambault, Ricky Lee Whittemore, Robert Chapin, Rodrigo Primo, Ryan Boren, Ryan Kienstra, Ryan McCue, Sakin Shrestha, Sam Hotchkiss, Samuel Wood (Otto), Scott Kingsley Clark, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, Sergey Biryukov, Shawn Hooper, Simon Pollard, Simon Wheatley, skaeser, Slobodan Manic, socki03, solarissmoke, Stephane Daury, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steve Grunwell, Sumit Singh, TacoVerdo, Takashi Irie, Takayuki Miyauchi, Tammie, Tareq Hasan, Taylor Lovett, Thomas Kraftner, Thorsten Frommen, Till, Tobias Schutter, TobiasBg, Toby McKes, Tom J Nowell, Tomas Mackevicius, TomHarrigan, Topher, Torsten Landsiedel, Tracy Levesque, transom, Travis Smith, Ty Carlson, Udit Desai, Umesh Kumar, Vinod Dalvi, vlajos, voldemortensen, Weston Ruter, Yoav Farhi, Yuta Sekine, Zack Rothauser, and Zack Tollman.

There were 283 contributors to this release, again a new high.

If you want to help out or follow along, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog.

Thanks for choosing WordPress. Happy holidays and see you next year for version 4.2!

Version 4.0 of WordPress, named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. While 4.0 is just another number for us after 3.9 and before 4.1, we feel we’ve put a little extra polish into it. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience we think you’ll enjoy.


Manage your media with style

Media LibraryExplore your uploads in a beautiful, endless grid. A new details preview makes viewing and editing any amount of media in sequence a snap.


Working with embeds has never been easier

Paste in a YouTube URL on a new line, and watch it magically become an embedded video. Now try it with a tweet. Oh yeah — embedding has become a visual experience. The editor shows a true preview of your embedded content, saving you time and giving you confidence.

We’ve expanded the services supported by default, too — you can embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED. Check out all of the embeds that WordPress supports.


Focus on your content

Writing and editing is smoother and more immersive with an editor that expands to fit your content as you write, and keeps the formatting tools available at all times.


Finding the right plugin

Add plugins

There are more than 30,000 free and open source plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. WordPress 4.0 makes it easier to find the right one for your needs, with new metrics, improved search, and a more visual browsing experience.


The Ensemble

This release was led by Helen Hou-Sandí, with the help of these fine individuals. There are 275 contributors with props in this release, a new high. Pull up some Benny Goodman on your music service of choice, as a bandleader or in one of his turns as a classical clarinetist, and check out some of their profiles:

Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, Adam Silverstein, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond), Alex Shiels, Alexander Rohmann, Alison Barrett, Allan Collins, Amit Gupta, Amy Hendrix (sabreuse), Andrea Fercia, Andres Villarreal, Andrew Mowe, Andrew Munro (sumobi), Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andy Skelton, Ankit K Gupta, Anton Timmermans, Arne Brachhold, Aubrey Portwood, Austin Matzko, Ben Dunkle, Bernhard Kau, Boone Gorges, Brady Vercher, Bram Duvigneau, Brandon Kraft, Brian Krogsgard, Brian Layman, Brian Richards, Camden Segal, Caroline Moore, Charles Fulton, Chouby, ChriCo, Chris Olbekson, chrisl27, Christian Axelsson, Christopher Finke, Christopher Spires, Clifton Griffin, Corey McKrill, Corphi, Daisuke Takahashi, Dan Griffiths, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Husken, Daniel Jalkut (Red Sweater), Danny de Haan, Darin Kotter, Daryl Koopersmith, Daryl L. L. Houston (dllh), David A. Kennedy, David Herrera, David Naber, DavidTheMachine, DeBAAT, Dion Hulse, Dominik Schilling, Donncha O Caoimh, Drew Jaynes, Dustyn Doyle, Eddie Moya, Eduardo Reveles, Edwin Siebel, ehg, erayalakese, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Binnion, Eric Mann, Evan Anderson, Evan Herman, Fabien Quatravaux, Fahmi Adib, feedmeastraycat, Frank Klein, garhdez, Gary Cao, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, garza, gauravmittal1995, Gavrisimo, George Stephanis, Graham Armfield, Grant Mangham, Gregory Cornelius, Gustavo Bordoni, harrym, hebbet, Hinnerk Altenburg, Hugh Lashbrooke, iljoja, imath, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), issuu, J.D. Grimes, Jack Lenox, Jack Reichert, Jacob Dubail, JanHenkG, Janneke Van Dorpe, Jared Wenerd, Jason Coleman, Jaza613, Jeff Stieler, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Pry, Jeroen Schmit, Jerry Bates (jerrysarcastic), Jesin A, Jesper Johansen (jayjdk), Jesper van Engelen, Jesper van Engelen, Jesse Pollak, jgadbois, Joan Artes, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle, Joey Kudish, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, John Zanussi, Jon Cave, jonnyauk, Joost de Valk, Jordi Cabot, Josh Eaton, JOTAKI Taisuke, Julio Potier, Justin Sainton, Justin Sternberg, Justin Tadlock, K.Adam White, Kailey (trepmal), kapeels, Kelly Dwan, Kevin Langley, Kevin Worthington, Kim Parsell, Kirk Wight, kitchin, Kite, Knut Sparhell, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Kurt Payne, Lance Willett, Lee Willis, lessbloat, Lew Ayotte, lritter, Luke Carbis, Luke Gedeon, m_i_n, Manny Fleurmond, Manuel Schmalstieg, Marius (Clorith), Mark Jaquith, Marko Heijnen, Matt Banks, Matt Martz, Matt Mullenweg, Matt Wiebe, Matthew Boynes, Matthew Denton, Matthew Eppelsheimer, Matthew Haines-Young, mattyrob, meekyhwang, Mel Choyce, Michael Adams (mdawaffe), michalzuber, midxcat, Mike Auteri, Mike Hansen, Mike Jolley, Mike Little, Mike Manger, Mike Nelson, Mike Schroder, Mikey Arce, Milan Dinic, Morgan Estes, Mr Papa, mrmist, Mustafa Uysal, MuViMoTV, nabil_kadimi, Namibia, Nashwan Doaqan, nd987, Neil Pie, Niall Kennedy, Nick Halsey, Nikolay Bachiyski, Nils Schonwald, Ninos, Nowell VanHoesen, Patrick Hesselberg, Paul Bearne, Paul Clark, Paul Schreiber, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, Peter Westwood, Philip Arthur Moore, Philip John, Piet Bos, Piotr Soluch, Pippin Williamson, purzlbaum, Rachel Baker, RC Lations, Richard Tape, Ricky Lee Whittemore, rob1n, Robert Chapin, Robert Dall, RobertHarm, Rohan Rawat, Rouven Hurling, Ruud Laan, Ryan Boren, Ryan McCue, Sam Brodie, Samuel Wood (Otto), Sathish Nagarajan, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, ScreenfeedFr, scribu, Sean Hayes, Sean Nessworthy, Sergej Muller, Sergey Biryukov, shanebp, Sharon Austin, Shaun Andrews, Simon Pollard, Simon Wheatley, Slobodan Manic, solarissmoke, sphoid, Stephane Daury, Stephen Edgar, Steven Jones, Sumit Singh, t4k1s, Takashi Irie, Taylor Dewey, Thomas van der Beek, Till, Tim 'Eli' Dalbey, tmeister, TobiasBg, Tom J Nowell, Tom Willmot, Topher, torresga, Tracy Levesque, Travis Smith, treyhunner, Umesh Kumar, Vinod Dalvi, vlajos, voldemortensen, Weston Ruter, winterDev, Wojtek Szkutnik, Yoav Farhi, Zack Katz, Zack Tollman, and Zoe Rooney. Also thanks to Michael Pick for producing the release video, and Helen with Adrián Sandí for the music.

If you want to follow along or help out, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress. See you soon for version 4.1!

Version 3.9 of WordPress, named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. This release features a number of refinements that we hope you’ll love.

A smoother media editing experience

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Improved visual editing

The updated visual editor has improved speed, accessibility, and mobile support. You can paste into the visual editor from your word processor without wasting time to clean up messy styling. (Yeah, we’re talking about you, Microsoft Word.)

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Edit images easily

With quicker access to crop and rotation tools, it’s now much easier to edit your images while editing posts. You can also scale images directly in the editor to find just the right fit.

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Drag and drop your images

Uploading your images is easier than ever. Just grab them from your desktop and drop them in the editor.


Gallery previews

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Galleries display a beautiful grid of images right in the editor, just like they do in your published post.


Do more with audio and video

Ain't Misbehavin' Davenport Blues Buddy Bolden's Blues Squaty Roo Dixie Blues Wolverine Blues

Images have galleries; now we’ve added simple audio and video playlists, so you can showcase your music and clips.


Live widget and header previews

Add, edit, and rearrange your site’s widgets right in the theme customizer. No “save and surprise” — preview your changes live and only save them when you’re ready.

The improved header image tool also lets you upload, crop, and manage headers while customizing your theme.


Stunning new theme browser

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Looking for a new theme should be easy and fun. Lose yourself in the boundless supply of free WordPress.org themes with the beautiful new theme browser.


The Crew

This release was led by Andrew Nacin and Mike Schroder, with the help of these fine individuals. There are 267 contributors with props in this release, a new high:

Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, Adam Harley (Kawauso), Adam Silverstein, adelval, Ajay, Akeda Bagus, Alex Concha, Alex Shiels, Alison Barrett, Allan Collins, Amy Hendrix (sabreuse), Andrea Fercia, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Norcross, Andrew Ozz, Andrey "Rarst" Savchenko, Andy Keith, Andy Skelton, Anton Timmermans, Aubrey Portwood, Barry, Bartosz Romanowski, bassgang, bcworkz, Ben Dunkle, Bernhard Riedl, bigdawggi, Bob Gregor, bobbingwide, Brad Touesnard, bradparbs, Bram Duvigneau, Brandon Kraft, brasofilo, bravokeyl, Bryan Petty, cgaffga, Chirag Swadia, Chouby, Chris Blower, Chris Marslender, Chris Olbekson, Chris Scott, chriseverson, chrisguitarguy, Christopher Finke, ciantic, Comparativa de Bancos, Connor Jennings, Cor van Noorloos, Corphi, cramdesign, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Jalkut (Red Sweater), Danny de Haan, Daryl Koopersmith, Dave Kellam (eightface), DaveE, David A. Kennedy, David Anderson, David Marichal, Denis de Bernardy, Dion Hulse, Dominik Schilling, Doug Wollison, Drew Jaynes, DrProtocols, Dustin Filippini, eatingrules, edik, Eduardo Reveles, Elio Rivero, enej, Eric Lewis, Eric Mann, Erica Varlese, Erick Hitter, Evan Anderson, Fahmi Adib, fboender, Frank Klein, Gary Cao, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, genkisan, Gennady Kovshenin, George Stephanis, Graham Armfield, Grant Mangham, Gregory Cornelius, Gregory Karpinsky (@tivnet), hakre, hanni, Helen Hou-Sandí, ippetkov, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), J.D. Grimes, Jack Reichert, jameslee, Janneke Van Dorpe, janrenn, JayCC, Jeff Sebring, Jen, Jeremy Felt, Jesin A, Jesper Johansen (jayjdk), jnielsendotnet, Joan Artes, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, John P. Bloch, John Regan, Jon Cave, Jonas Bolinder (jond3r), Joost de Valk, Josh Pollock, Joshua Abenazer, jstraitiff, Julio Potier, Justin Kopepasah, Justin Sainton, K.Adam White, Kailey (trepmal), Kaspars, Kelly Dwan, kerikae, Kevin Worthington, Kim Parsell, Kirk Wight, kitchin, klihelp, Knut Sparhell, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Krzysiek Drozdz, Lance Willett, ldebrouwer, Lee Willis, lpointet, Lucas Karpiuk, Luke Woodward, Mario Peshev, Mark Barnes, Mark Jaquith, Marko Heijnen, Marventus, Matt (Thomas) Miklic, Matt Banks, Matt Mullenweg, Matthew Boynes, Matthew Denton, Matthew Haines-Young, mattonomics, mattyrob, Matías Ventura, Max Cutler, mcadwell, Mel Choyce, meloniq, Michael Arestad, Michel - xiligroup dev, Miguel Fonseca, Mike Burns, Mike Hansen, Mike Manger, Mike Schinkel, Mike Schroder, mikecorkum, mitcho (Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine), Mohammad Jangda, Morgan Estes, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, Naoko Takano, Nashwan Doaqan, nendeb55, Nick Halsey, Nicole Arnold, Nikhil Vimal (NikV), Nivi Jah, Nuno Morgadinho, olivM, Omer Korner, OriginalEXE, patricknami, Paul Bearne, Paul Gibbs, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, Peter Westwood, Philip Arthur Moore, Pippin Williamson, Prasath Nadarajah, prettyboymp, Raam Dev, Rachel Baker, Ram Ratan Maurya, ramonchiara, Rescuework Support, Rhys Wynne, Ricardo Correia, Richard, Richard Sweeney, Richard Tape, Ricky Lee Whittemore, Robert Chapin, robmiller, Rodrigo Primo, romaimperator, roothorick, Ruud Laan, Ryan Boren, Ryan McCue, Sal Ferrarello, Samuel Wood (Otto), Sandeep, Scott Lee, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, ScreenfeedFr, scribu, sdasse, Sean Butze, Sean Hayes, Sean Nessworthy, Sergey Biryukov, shahpranaf, Shaun Andrews, ShinichiN, Simon Prosser, Simon Wheatley, Siobhan, Siobhan Bamber (siobhyb), sirzooro, solarissmoke, sonjanyc, Spencer Finnell, Spencer Piontkowski, stephcook22, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steve Bruner, Steven Word, Takayuki Miyauchi, Tanner Moushey, Taylor Lovett, tbrams, TobiasBg, Tom Auger, Tom Willmot, Topher, topquarky, Torsten Landsiedel, Toru Miki, Travis Smith, Umesh Kumar, undergroundnetwork, VarunAgw, wawco, Weston Ruter, wokamoto, xsonic, Yoav Farhi, Yuri Victor, Zach Tirrell, and Ze Fontainhas. Also thanks to Michael Pick for producing the release video.

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