WordPress 4.8 is released recently that is the first major release of 2017 with many new features. Before starting the update, you need to have a complete WordPress backup. Well, in this article we’ll present you the new features WordPress 4.8 that you could try after the updating of you website.
There are many features in the new WordPress 4.8, but the most important is the Widgets that are three in number. Most of the users had been asking for a long time for these widgets. We are going to describe all the widgets step by step.
When users wanted to add an image to WordPress sidebar, they used to write custom HTML or any plug-in. However, with WordPress 4.8, you have to just drag and drop the image widget to a sidebar. You can click on ‘Add Image’ button in the widget setting to have a familiar WordPress media up loader. Now it’s up to you whether you upload image from previous media library or from your computer. Once you upload, just click on the ‘Add to widget’ button, you would see the image in the widget preview. Finally click on the save button to keep store your widget setting.
You are supposed to upload any video to WordPress sidebar or you display a video from YouTube, Vimeo or any other video provider app. We recommend you to select a video from hosting provider like YouTube or Vimeo. First, you have to click on the ‘Add Video’ button that will open up a media uploading popup. Second, click on the ‘Insert from URL’ and paste the video URL. As you paste it, WordPress will bring the video thumbnail and show the video. Finally, click on the ‘Add to widget’ button where you will see the video thumbnail in widget area. Never forget to click on the save button for storing your widget settings.
Audio Widget is as same as the image and video widgets. It allows you to easily add any audio files to your WordPress sidebar. Simply click on the ‘Add audio’ button to upload your audio file. So the widget will easily embed the audio file in a HTML5 audio player. It also supports MP3, WAV and OGG and other audio file formats. If there is any setting then don’t forget to save the setting.
Visual Editor in Text Widget
In the previous the default text widget was simple a plain text area where you had to add your own HTML even for basic formatting. However, the new WordPress 4.8 serves new and improved text widget along with visual editor support. This is the light version of same visual editor for writing posts and pages. You can make the text italic or bold with the help of button that it takes. Furthermore, you add lists and different sorts of links.
WordPress News & Events Dashboard Widget
WordPress 4.8 introduces ‘WordPress News and Events’ dashboard widget this time. It is fixed on the dashboard screen of the admin area; it displays WordPress news and events closer to your area. Each user can see the events near their own location, in case you many users on site. Moreover, the widget automatically tries to guess the user location with the help of their IP address and timezone. You can also change the location in order to see events near to you or from different place almost all around the world.
Improvement & changes under the hood
The new WordPress 4.8 has come up with some interesting changes for developers. We are going to present you some of those under the hood improvements.
- Change in editor API: New API for the TinyMCE editor that is dynamically expressed via JS.
- Variable Customizer Width: You might have used live theme on huge screens where you might noticed that sidebars are looking narrow. So WordPress 4.8 makes the customizer sidebar width that can be proportional according to the users screen size.
- User’s name displayed on edit user screen: In WordPress 4.8 the edit user screen will display the user’s name in the heading where it’ll be very good for all the users.
- Tag cloud widget won’t use title tag: The previous tag cloud widget was showing number of posts in the title popover. Now the title tag in the code is replacing with more accessible attribute.
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