WordPress 4.6 is going to have a number of different improvements that are very exciting for developers and theme authors. While some developments are still a mystery for now, we know about a few of the different updates that we are going to see in this brand-new update. In order to get you ready for WordPress 4.6, these are some of the things that you can expect to see during the official launch on August 16th.
Improvement #1 – Standardized Way Of Registering Metadata
One of the largest updates that we are going to see in WordPress relates to theme and plugin authors. When talking about metadata, we refer to additional data that attaches to the main content type of WordPress (comments, users, and posts), and users often interact with this type of data when editing posts.
The changes in 4.6 may potentially revolutionize metadata, allowing more reliable assumptions to be made within the framework for theme authors and plugin developers. Especially if you have a specific type of post that you make regularly, this could be a tremendous benefit.
Improvement #2 – Native Fonts in the Admin
Especially when working offline, this should mean that users experience faster loading times. It also introduces a native-feeling experience and leads to a removal of third-party dependency. It ultimately helps to blur the line between the native applications and the mobile web applications.
Improvement #3 – Shiny Updates
If you want a more straightforward experience when installing, updating, or deleting themes and plugins, this is the update that you are looking for. With Shiny Updates, these details are hidden behind the scenes. This leaves the users with clear actions and results while maintaining the context of the triggered actions.
Improvement #4 – New Editor Improvements
WordPress 4.6 is going to introduce a number of different editor improvements that users should be excited about. It helps to detect broken URLs as you are typing them (thus removing frustrating experiences afterwards) and a more reliable recovery mode.
Considering that WordPress 4.6 is still in development, we probably have a few more interesting updates to look forward to. Chances are that we are going to see a number of other improvements that have not been mentioned yet. If you are interested in playing around with WordPress 4.6 before its release (keep in mind it is still unstable), you are able to download the Beta version and do so.