The latest release of WordPress 3.9 was released amongst high expectations from the users. This new version has undergone a series of major developments and has been loaded with a series of powerful plugins as added incentives to the user. The major attractions of this new version are as follows:
• Widget Previews
This new version WordPress 3.9 shows the live previews of several widgets under the theme customizer option. Widget Customizer has options which help in adding or editing widgets or even rearrange the existing widgets as per the user’s convenience. All activities are visible in the live preview pane of the same screen. This new feature has transformed the theme customizer into a more powerful tool. In addition, the widget screen featured in the previous versions would also be present.
• Audio and Video Playlists Management
Wordpress 3.9 also allows the users to create audio/video playlists. These audio/video playlists would continue to work as shortcodes exactly in a similar fashion as inimage galleries. Users would be able to upload multiple audio/video files and manage them as playlists using theWordPress media uploader option. In addition, WordPress would search for the media file cover and relevant album information with the help of ID3 tag.
• Updated Visual Editor
The Visual Editor in WordPress is based on the TinyMCE editor which is in itself open source software. The new version of WordPress features the latest updated version of TinyMCE which has undergone a series of modifications. This update has resulted into many eye-catching improvements in the Visual Editor. This new version would provide much better reading/writing experience to the user. Live gallery previews are visible in the visual editor and on addition of any new gallery; the images get displayed in well-arranged grids inside the post editor. In addition, there is also a feature wherein on dragging and dropping images directly to the editor, they are automatically uploaded. Besides these features, more improvements have been made as regards adding and editing images while writing a post. The major advantage in the new version enables text to be directly pasted from Microsoft Word.
• Improved Theme Screen
The Theme screen has undergone major modifications and features a new look, stylish and sleek user interface. It is possible to get screenshots of featured themes and switch between tags by clicking on defined tabs. There is also the option to search for newer themes from the theme directory.
• Developer tools
In addition to the several new features, there are a number of other updates which would be helpful for the developers. The two prominent developer friendly updates are as follows:
1. WordPress Image Crop position – In the previous versions the additional image sizes used to be cropped to center either horizontally or vertically.The latest updated version features an image crop position which would help the developers decide the crop position.
2. Revamped Autosave option – The new version has done wonders to the Autosave option wherein the saving of post data has finally moved over to heartbeat as was the plan.)
The new version promises to improve the experience of the users and could well be a popular software