2014’s Last Release
WordPress 4.1 is now available! Named “Dinah” after jazz singer Dinah Washington (Matt Mullenweg is a big jazz fan), provides some new features. We’ll cover what to expect and why upgrading to 4.1 is a very good idea.
WordPress 4.1 Features
Probably the most notable WordPress 4.1 addition is “distraction-free writing.” If you’re a new user to WordPress, this may be a helpful feature. There’s a little icon at the upper right corner of your page editor. Click on it and all the back-end WordPress menus fade away. You’re left with minimal distractions as your write a page or post. This distraction-free feature replaces “Zen Mode.” What are some advantages?
- You can’t accidentally publish a page or post.
- Keeps you focused on creating rather than editing and styling.
- Avoids overwhelm if you’re not used to the menus, meta boxes and other cool stuff within the WordPress infrastructure.
- Choose a language in the General Settings screen. This allows you to switch to any of the 40 languages currently available in WordPress.
- Log out everywhere. If you’re a power WordPresser, you may be logged into your website on multiple devices. When you log out, the system now logs you off everywhere.
- Vine embeds. You can now embed Vine video easily… similar to YouTube videos. Here’s a list of all supported formats.
- Plugin Recommendations. You’ll receive suggestions based upon plugins you’ve installed. Since not all plugins are created equally, here’s a recent post on our favorites.
- Techie Additions. WordPress 4.1 now supports advanced conditional logic like nested clauses, multiple operators, title tags in themes and a developer reference.
Introducing Twenty Fifteen Theme
In previous years we had to wait until the end of the year to get a new theme. This year is the first time we’ve received a new default theme before the year began. Twenty Fifteen is a clean and blog-focused. Of course it’s mobile responsive across all types of devices, putting your content front-and-center.
Updates Means Security
As with any open-source software, hackers are looking for angles they can exploit for nefarious reasons. When WordPress releases an update, they typically include plugs to security holes. We maintain hundreds of WordPress websites, and we keep them meticulously updated in order to avoid unauthorized access. When new updates are available, we recommend that you don’t delay and keep your website current with the latest release. While you’re at it, make sure that your passwords are robust (that’s the weakest link to website security) and follow these security protocols. If you need help, just give me a call.
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