WordPress Version 4.9 is now available for you to update in your WordPress dashboard.
On some installations the update may have happened automatically. And on some it’s a manual process.
As usual, with every WordPress update there’s a flurry of theme and plugin updates coming your way. Updates can sometimes break your website so it’s a good practice to always backup your website before updating. If your website is not too big then I recommend WP Clone. For a large website use a database backup plugin to back up the database and FTP to backup all your files and folders.
What’s new in WordPress 4.9
Some of the new features are more for developers than the normal blogger. If you’re a developer then you’ll want to read about the new stuff at WordPress.org
For the rest of us there are some new safeguards in place. Now when you attempt to modify the theme’s code using Appearance > Editor you’ll see this warning:
Let’s hope this is enough to deter new WordPress users from breaking their websites.
There’s a brand new gallery widget so now you can add multiple images to your sidebar. The appearance of the gallery depends on your site’s layout and sidebar width so you may have 2 or more images side by side.
And now you can add media to your text widgets at the touch of a button. Embed images, video and audio directly into your text widgets. You have the usual alignment and linking options with the media. How cool is that?
This version of WordPress has smoothed out the process of creating new menus so there’s less confusion.
Preview New Themes
If you’re thinking about changing your website’s theme then you can use the Customizer. The Customizer shows your active theme and there’s a Change button to allow you to preview other themes by showing what the new theme will look like with your own content. Of course the theme filter is there to help you narrow down your search for the perfect theme.
And when you change your theme there will be less disruption to your menus and widget placement thanks to this latest version of WordPress.
Problems With the New Version of WordPress?
All in all there are some pretty terrific improvements in WordPress Version 4.9.
What do you like (or dislike) about WordPress Version 4.9? Your comments are always welcome.
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