The first major WordPress update of 2016 (named ‘Coleman’) was just recently released. It has a number of interesting features that most people are excited about. We will discuss some of the changes and tell you why you should be excited about a number of these modifications.
Change #1 – Responsive Previews in Customizer
You can now have responsive live previews for Customizer in WordPress 4.5 on mobile devices, tablet, and desktop. You can switch the view between devices by simply clicking on the device icon. That should give you (a generic) idea of what your site is going to look like on these different devices and screens.
Change #2 – Login With Email
You can use your email address to log into a number of different online services (including Twitter, Facebook etc.) as well log in with your username. While you might forget your username (because who hasn’t) most people are going to remember your e-mail address. You can use either your e-mail address or your username to log in.
Change #3 – Visual Editor Enhancements
If you are like most WordPress users, you spend the majority of your time writing content. This means that you are less likely to want to deal with the intricacies of coding your WordPress website, making the visual editor even more important for your overall WordPress user experience. With WordPress 4.5, you are able to write faster and easier because of the existing improvements and new options available in the visual editor.
Change #4 – Improved Image Generation Performance
One of the main improvements for WordPress 4.4 was responsive images. This means that users on smaller screens would see smaller image sizes. By improving the overall performance of the way that WordPress generates image sizes, WordPress 4.5 takes these changes to a completely new level. Where the image quality was traditionally set to 90, it will now use 82. This means that the images have much smaller sizes, while remaining almost identical.
Change #5 – Better Previews for Site Icons
WordPress 4.4 gave birth to Site Icons, and WordPress 4.5. improves upon the fact that you can set an application icon and favicon for your website. After you have set the site con, you are able to see a preview under site identity panel. This is going to help you work far more effectively.
Change #6 – Theme Logo Support
Working from customizer and adding a logo to your website. There was no standard way to do this before, even though many different premium WordPress themes made it possible to set a logo from the theme options.
Change #7 – Improved Comment Moderation Screen
WordPress 4.5 makes the comment moderation screen far more useable, primarily because it cleans up the screen a great deal. This is going to make your comment moderation efforts far more effective than before.
We hope that this is a solid introduction for what is new in the latest release of WordPress. What are some of the changes that you are most excited about, and what are some changes that you believe are lacking and should be included in future updates? Be sure to let us know in the comment section.