WordPress 4.7 – Features and All You Need to Know

Helen Hou-Sandí, the lead developer unveiled the features of WordPress 4.7 and the design for the newest default theme Twenty Seventeen. The new theme will fall under business or product showcase category which is designed by Mel Choyce, a core contributor and design engineer at Automattic.

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WordPress 4.7 is slated for release on December 6, although the BETA version has been launched, which should be only used for development and not in production. We have been following the development continuously and  here are some features that are worth mentioning.

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Below are the highlighted features of WordPress 4.7

  1. Editor Enhancements
  2. New Default Theme – Twenty Seventeen
  3. Set up your site in one flow
  4. Live Preview for Custom CSS
  5. Admin Language Control for Users
  6. Thumbnail Previews for PDF Files
  7. Video Headers Support
  8. Others

 

Editor Enhancements

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Every WordPress brings some new improvement to the WordPress and the editor has always been improved to best suit the writers needs. The recent changes of the WordPress can be seen in the image where the buttons have been rearranged and positions being changed.

 

New Default Theme – Twenty Seventeen

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Every major wordpress release comes with a new theme, and this time it is twentyseventeen. with totally new inspiring design, which showcases its featured image in a broad way. The new theme will fall under business or product showcase category which is designed by Mel Choyce, a core contributor and design engineer at Automattic.

Set up your site in one flow

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The theme flow setup is meant for theme customization. The customization has been improved to provide a better view and better search feature. The new customizer is now more ease to customize themes.

Live Preview for Custom CSS

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The custom css in customizer is now at the top level as it can now provide the live changes you made to your css. This feature is very helpful for those who frequently make use of custom css to make changes to their theme.

Admin Language Control for Users

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WordPress front end can be translated using other plugins, but the problem was with language on the admin panel. The admin panel’s language can’t be changed till now, but now this feature is available to change the language for each admin on the panel’s. But you need to install additional wordpress languages to make it available on wordpress admin.

Thumbnail Previews for PDF Files

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When you upload any pdf file on wordpress, the wordpress media library will show the respected media file icon instead of the preview image. But its changes from wordpress 4.7 , from now onwards the wordpress will show the first page of the pdf file istead of an icon.

Video Headers Support

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Many Premium themes comes with video as background for headers, wordpress free themes always lacks this features. The wordpress 4.7 is now providing the Video Headers function builtin. Now users can upload video or use youtube videos as their background.

Others

  • Custom Bulk Actions
  • Post Type Templates
  • Rest API Content Endpoints
  • Locale Switching
  • Expanded Settings Registration API via register_setting()