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WordPress 4.0 is coming very soon.
WordPress recently announced that the first public beta of the new version is now available. However, despite the major change in version number, the updates in the pipeline for 4.0 aren’t as major as they are elsewhere. This reflects, though, that WordPress is now becoming a platform rather than a mere application.
WordPress as Viable Replacement
Originally built as just a blogging system, WordPress has expanded and become an entire site-publishing solution—there are thousands of themes available, as well as a vast library of plug-ins.
It’s now considered as a possible replacement for other site architecture and content management solutions. WordPress self-hosted blogs comprise 60% of all websites that utilize content management software, and 22.6% of the Internet in total.
WordPress Changes and Improvements
WordPress will release Version 4.0 to all on August 13, 2014. Before said date, they are trying to catch bugs that make it through the private alpha testing. Here are some of the new features that should work in WordPress 4.0:
- URL Previews
WordPress 4.0 enables previews of embedding via URLs in the visual editor and the “Insert from URL” tab. If you paste a URL with video content, you will see a preview of what it will look like.
- Grid View
The Media Library now has a “grid” view in addition to the list view. If you click on an item, you will see a larger preview and can edit information about that attachment. You can navigate items on the modal without closing it.
- Revamped Plugin Install Experience
WordPress is improving the plugin install experience. You will be able to see some early visual changes and more information when you try to search for plugins and viewing details.
- Other Changes
The editor intelligently re-sizes the top and bottom bars pin. WordPress has also made improvements on keyboard and cursor interaction with TinyMCE views, such as the gallery preview. Widgets in the Customizer are now found in a separate panel. WordPress also made some changes to the formatting functions.
What This Means for You
In today’s era of neck-to-neck competition, it’s important to have a strong digital platform for your business. WordPress is giving you the opportunity to make improvements in the most convenient way – take it.