What are the updates in WordPress 4.8 “Evans”

WordPress 4.8 update was released on 8 June 2017. WordPress developers as well as users were so curious to know what is in it and were excited to experience the changes. In order to upgrade user experience and flexibility, WordPress introduces new things in each of its updates. WordPress 4.8 has brought lots of changes that developers love and will also improve the user experience.

In this article we will tell you what’s new in WordPress 4.8 and which features you should try after updating your websites.

4.8 is a major release of WordPress and unless you are on a managed WordPress hosting service, you will have to manually start the update.

Also remember don’t forget to create a complete WordPress backup before starting the update.

All New Media Widgets

There are three new defaults widgets in WordPress 4.8. Users were looking for these widgets for long time and finally they got them.

Now ready for a more intuitive WordPress

WordPress 4.8 “Evans” is named in honor of the jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans and now available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. If you are  a WordPress developer then the new features in 4.8 will add more ways for you to express yourself and present your brand.

Some people may see some updates minor but they have been built by hundreds of contributors with keeping you in mind. Now you should get ready for new features which you will welcome:-

  • 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 and meetings.

Exciting Widget Updates

Image Widget

Now for any WordPress user, adding an image to a widget is a simple task that any WordPress user can do even without the knowledge of how to code. Now you can simply insert your image right within the widget settings. You can try to add something like a photo of your latest vacation or get together – and see it appear automatically.

Video Widget

If you want to express the branding of your website then a video is always welcome and is a great choice. Now you can add any video from the media library to a sidebar on your site with the new Video Widget. You can use this to showcase a welcome video to introduce visitors to your site or to promote your latest discounts or offerings.

Audio Widget

If you are a podcaster, musician or an avid blogger then adding a widget with your audio file has become even more easier. Just upload your audio file to the media library then go to the widget settings an select your file, you are ready for listeners of it. This is an easy way to add a more personal welcome message to your site visitors.

Rich Text Widget

This feature deserves the praise. Rich text editing capabilities are now native for the Text Widgets. Now you can add a widget anywhere. Now you can have fun with your new found formatting powers and see what you can accomplish in a short amount of time. As a WordPress developer you will love this feature.

Link Boundaries

You must have tried updating a link, or the text around a link and found that you are not able to edit it correctly. Now with link boundaries, a great new feature, the process is streamlined and your links will work well.

Nearby WordPress Events

WordPress has a huge offline community with groups meeting regularly in more than 400 cities around the world. WordPress now making it easy to know about these events that help you continue improving your WordPress skills, meet friends and publish. Now you can easily find your local events just by logging in to your dashboard and checking at the new Events and News dashboard widget.

Some more reasons for Developer Happiness:-

  • More Accessible Admin Panel Headings
  • Removal of Core Support for WMV and WMA Files
  • Multisite Updates
  • Text Editor JavaScript API
  • Media Widgets API
  • Customizer Width Variable

As so many WordPress developers were waiting for the launch of WordPress 4.8 hence now they can upgrade to this version and have use the many benefits it is offering. In future more updates will come and we will continue using WordPress as it offers so many benefits to the developers as well to the end users of the website.

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