I am so excited to tell you about the new upcoming WordPress release 4.9 of WordPress.
WordPress release 4.9 is expected to be released on November 14th, 2017. We got our hands on the first beta version to checkout the new features and changes that are coming. Let’s check out the features together with screenshots. Here we go!
You can try it out for yourself on your test site. The beta version is here.
Save and Schedule your Theme changes in the Customizer
This feature allows you to save a draft instead of making them live. This is a great feature for anyone maintaining or developing a new website. It also allows you to save it as a URL. Great idea for developers and designers o send to their clients.
You can also schedule your draft to go live with the schedule button.
New Gallery Widget
I love this added media change. Remember that WordPress 4.8 added widgets for video, audio and image.
Now you can create a the standard WordPress gallery with the added feature of putting it in a widget.
Add Media Button in Text Widget
If you want to add an image, you still had to write HTML code within your text widget.
WordPress 4.9 will fix this by adding the ‘Add media’ button on top of the text editor. This will allow users to easily add images inside the rich text widget.
Enhanced Code Editing Feature
This one is dynamite! This code editor comes with syntax highlighting, code suggestions, and auto-completion. You will see this feature in 3 places:
- Additional CSS in the Customizer
- Theme Editor
- Plugin Editor
If you have ever faced a syntax error when editing your theme, then this enhancement will automatically fix many common mistakes that cause such errors.
Don’t like syntax highlighting? It can be easily disabled from your user profile page.
Can’t wait to use these added features. WordPress has come a long way.