WordPress 4.1 Now Available

WordPress 4.1 is the latest release from www.WordPress.org. You can download the new release here.

WordPress 4.1 Comes with New Theme

Twenty Fifteen is a blog-focused theme “designed for clarity.” Features include:

  • “flawless” language support
  • fully responsive performance with content front and center on phones, tablets, laptops or desktops
  • straightforward typography readable on any screen size (through use of Noto font family from Google)

WordPress 4.1 Improvements

WordPress 4.1 is already translated into >40 languages with more due any day. The General Settings screen now includes tools to switch languages.

There is a new writing mode which is being billed as “distraction-free.” While you are typing, all of the editing tools fade away leaving your writing front and center increasing your focus on your writing.

NOTE: The distraction-free writing mode has been around since WordPress 3.2, but you are no longer required to hit a button to enter the mode. The new version does not require the user to enter a new screen. Instead the left admin, the metaboxes to the right and below all fade away and the editor itself remains.

Other new features include:

  • “log out everywhere” from your profile (in case you forgot to sign out from a shared computer)
  • embed videos from Vine by just pasting a URL
  • plugin recommendations based on usage by you and others

WordPress 4.1 Developer Improvements

  • More complex queries are now possible. Metadata, date and term queries now support advanced conditional logic including nested clauses and multiple operators.
  • The customizer API now includes the ability to conditionally show panels and sections based on the page being previewed.
  • Title tags can now be managed via themes by using add_theme_support( ‘title-tag’ ).
  • The developer reference is more complete than ever with continued improvements to inline code documentation.

Regarding upcoming releases, we know that WordPress 4.0 was released back in September and Automattic has announced they are already working on 4.2. Automattic didn’t specify a month but based on past history it will likely be in May or June.

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