Dec 20, 2016
The primary reason behind the popularity of WordPress content management system are the updates which they roll out on the regular basis. Usually, these updates include security patches, codes etc that help in making the WP-based website more stable, secure and functional. Recently, the WP introduced the latest version i.e WordPress 4.7 that comes loaded with some major changes.
The new version of WordPress is now available for download (manually) or else WP will automatically install it on your site. Along with this update, WordPress also came up with several new WordPress theme customization options and a default theme. This standard theme is available for both new and existing WordPress powered sites. Just like the old one, this new default theme can be personalized with widgets, navigation, social menus, logo, colors and much more.
Given below are some new features that come loaded in the latest WordPress 4.7:
When it comes to customization, the entire process has been redone and setting up a new theme has become quite easier. Now the themes offer a placeholder content which appears when you will enter the customization mode. While using this mode, users will also come across the series of editing shortcuts that will appear on the left-hand side indicating what’s available for quick editing. Just click on the given options and start editing on the spot.
The WordPress 4.7 now allow videos to be used as the header media. Earlier the users can only add header image but in this new update, the site owners can also add videos coded in MP4 format or else they can also provide the link to a YouTube video. Make sure you have the ownership rights of the public videos which you will be uploading in the header.
Smart Menu Building
In most of the cases, people just have an idea for how they want to create a site before they have the actual content for their site. Now, when you would create navigation menus in WordPress, you can build new pages on the move. Whenever you would publish the changes, the new pages will be ready for you in the back end to add content to.
In WordPress 4.7, you can quickly add custom CSS to your portal and get a live preview of what these changes will look like before making them permanent on your site. This new addition has proven to be more efficient than the older method which involved refreshing the page over and over again.
Some More Back End Tweaks
The latest WordPress version comes with some small backend tweaks like thumbnail previews of PDF files. So from now onwards the PDF’s will appear just like the images & videos in the media library. Moreover, new languages are added to the admin area of a site. As the company point outs, this step will come in handy if a diverse team is helping in managing a site and prefers different languages to the one the site is written in.