What’s new in the latest WordPress 4.9 (Tipton)?

The first thing that put us to surprise when WordPress team came up with the last major release of the year 2017 is the name WordPress 4.9 “Tipton”. Billy Tipton is a bandleader and a Jazz musician. Anyways, a really interesting fact to know!

As we all know, WordPress is the most favorite and popular platform of millions of developers across the world. This is owing to the fact that WordPress dashboard is really easy to handle. Apart from this, WordPress customization is also gaining popularity across the world because of this.

Many Improvements for WordPress developers and designers!

WordPress-4.9-TiptonThere are many tidbits of the changes made in this all new improved and enhanced WordPress version. Website designers providing WordPress development services will have the following features to take advantage of:

Design Drafts.
Scheduling.
Locking.
Preview Links.

WordPress designers now don’t need to worry about designing at all! If you want to make your website live with some new customized designs, and you have conveyed the date of launching of new website to your customers and audience, you don’t need to keep awake at odd hours to get done with the design and publishing the customized designs. All you need to do using this WordPress 4.9. This is a great option for WordPress customization. Just schedule the design and the new design will go live at your time you have marked.

Apart from drafting and scheduling the design drafts. You can now get a preview link to share with your friends and colleagues so that they can guide you on the designs and give you suggestions.

When there are too many designers in a team, the chances may be that one may not like the design you created as a designer, so the best thing is that in this WordPress 4.9, you can lock guard your hard work designs so that no one can mess up with your work at all!

Not only protecting your hard work, but also you can save your design afterwards also, when you want to! WordPress asks you for whether or not you want to save the work you did before leaving your desk.

Improvements For WordPress Developers in WordPress 4.9:

In WordPress 4.9, much is in store for developers who can now easily code in CSS and HTML widget. Sometimes, what happens is you see display problems on the screen. When you get to the coding window, it may take hours to find that wrong line of code and fix it. So, to make things easier, how about if the intelligent feature of WordPress tell you what line of code went wrong?

Error-checking and highlighting makes things very easy!

Also, there is a new Sandbox for safety features. To add more to the awesomeness to there is Gallery widget all new improved and enhanced. When a user adds text to the website, he may want to add images, videos and audio to the posts, it is now possible to do this because of one-click adding of media to the text posts.

What’s New With The WordPress 4.7.2?

The WordPress version 4.7.2 was released recently on January 26, 2017. Introduced as a security update, the featured release notes do not mention any changes in the core functionality of the codes. Instead, it is a security update for the 3 risk vulnerabilities which were reported by the WordPress community.

Within 7 days, the WordPress security team was also able to figure out yet another vulnerability which also slipped in the version 4.7.2. The vulnerability was reported by the WordPress developer at Sucuri. However, this bug wand was reported confidentially to the WordPress team. The risk was reportedly found in the application programming interface (REST API) from where an intruder could unethically modify the content of a WordPress blog post.


If you have recently updated your WordPress version to 4.7 or 4.7.1, you must know the fact that your WordPress website is prone to the threat discussed above. And with the news about the vulnerability spread all over, hackers are on a hunt to target such websites. In order to avoid any glitches, it is advised to immediately upgrade to the latest 4.7.2 version.

After this security threat was detected, the WordPress developers became active and reached out the security companies which maintain the common web application firewalls. These companies were asked to immediately extend web protection against any possible attack on the WordPress websites running all over the world.

The next step was to contact the major WordPress hosting companies and let them know how they can take care of the security threat that might affect their client’s websites. This proved out to be a temporary yet effective way of securing the websites before the official resolution was rolled out.

This threat will affect only the only 4.7 and 4.7.1 versions of WordPress since they come with a default setting of enabled REST API. So, if you are still using the older version or even have a REST API installed, this threat will not affect your WordPress website.

If you turned on the automatic update feature on your WordPress site, it would have automatically updated to 4.7.2. It is advised to check the website to see that everything is in place. Although the WordPress releases are tested many times before they are rolled out, it is better to check for it on your part.

Now that the information is out, it cannot be said that the hackers will not try to breach the WordPress websites anymore. With WordPress being the most preferred content management system, it attracts intruders to try to invade the website backend and harm the database. Webmasters admins ensure that their website is upgraded to the version 4.7.2 as soon as possible.