The Latest WordPress 4.8 Features Developers Need to Know

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WordPress has come up with many significant changes as well as security updates in the Latest 4.8 release. For those who are beginners in WordPress, it is the biggest and most exquisitely used CMS web development platform which has nearly 30 percent share in the global digital market now. They used to release frequent updates to make the job of web developers easier, and for this year upgrade, they have added many new features to resolve the shortfalls found in the previous versions. WordPress has released its 4.8 beta-1 version with plans to do a minor release next and then a full version, which will bring significant enhancements to the developer suite.

Some notable changes

It was not easy to do editing of posts with the link previously, and the most notable update to the latest version is the addition of this feature. The other major updates seen on the beta version were primarily as below.

WP now offers a far better visual editor powered with TinyMCE, which allows users to navigate much easily to any individual elements as links. This latest WordPress update also primarily focus on other key elements of the visual editor by making it more flexible and mighty. By improvising user experience, latest WP will help the editors as well as users to use many inline elements instantly.

There is also a dashboard widget for updated news, which can list all upcoming events as meetups and WordCamps. It will let enthusiastic WordPress developers and companies stay tuned with the latest happenings. WP will also offer many additional widgets to cover images, audios, and videos. It will also enhance text widget to make visual editing easier.  It has already created a buzz among the WP community as these three widgets would offer an exhilarating development experience to WordPress enthusiasts. It helps create much more visually appealing websites, which in turn will make the customer interaction and engagement much easier.  Let’s next have a closer look at the widgets and capabilities.

  • The Image widget

With the use of latest WordPress 4.8 version, developers need not have to write any HTML code to display a custom image. As a result, you can add the images much quickly from the widgets. All that developers need to do is to just upload an image from a local host or from the WordPress library.

  • Video widget

Similar to the above, another latest update is the video widget of WP, which will let the developers add amazing videos also to a WP website to gain the attention of the visitors to your site. For this, one needs just to drag and drop the widget at the particular position on the created web page and click on to add video. Videos also can be uploaded simply from the repository.

  • Audio widget

Next in line is the updated widget for audio integration. It lets the developers to instantly add audio to their websites without the need for custom coding or use of any hectic third-party plugin. All that a developer needs to do is to drag and drop the audio widget to proper area and then click on the ‘add audio’ button to upload a new file locally. Next, let’s explore steps involved while upgrading WordPress websites.

Steps to follow for WordPress upgrade

WordPress upgrade is now vastly improved. However, developers need to follow some specific steps to accomplish this task well. Following it will ensure a very smooth and proper upgrading. The primary golden rule is to plan for the updates and upgrades only during the off-peak hours or at the low traffic time. It has to be decided based on the nature of your website and its function. It is also ideal to plan for upgrades at night when people usually don’t work or not so enthusiastic about surfing the web. Once this plan is made, work through the below steps.

  1. Backup first

The backup must be done to protect your valuable data if something goes wrong in between in an unfortunate blackout. Backup all the databases of your site. There are many options to do this as PHPMyAdmin for WordPress or the dashboard tools like Software Monitor, which you can find on the sidebar menu. Next, backup your plugins and themes. It is also possible to manually backup using FTP.  The upload folders backup (inside the WordPress content) may take longer time, so it is not necessary to before upgrading.  

  1. Turn off caching

Always deactivate the caching plugin before planning for an upgrade. In ideal cases, it will be the Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, or Quick Cache. Turning off cache will ensure that you do not cache the maintenance pages at the time of upgrade and it also doesn’t interfere with the update process and create trouble.

  1. Update the theme framework and plugins

WordPress updates are usually accompanied with the theme and plugin updates. Developers used to do it heads up on impending WordPress updates and thus prepare their plugins to be compatible while the update is released.

  1. Update WP

Once if the groundwork is over, next it is time to update WordPress itself as a whole. You can just click on the automatic upgrade button to let WordPress do it all by its own. This may take a few minutes to complete, so not be impatient on seeing a blank section for a few seconds on the dashboard.

  1. Reactivate the cache

Once if the WordPress upgrade is done, you can next reactivate the caching plugin and then clean out the cache. On using Synthesis and then W3 Total Cache without a customized configuration, it is ideal to update the W3TC settings to preferred settings.

  1. Check the site

Once if all these tasks as done, get back to your site and look at all the pages and posts to see if everything is there in place as you wished. If you find something not working properly, it is ideal to resolve it at the same stretch rather than letting it go to be addressed later.

Keep these instruction set handy for the next time also when you are planning to upgrade WordPress during their next release. Feel free to raise your questions or post opinions in the comment section below.


Author bio: Simon Morris is an experienced and skilled Business consultant and Financial advisor in the USA. He helps clients both personal and professional in long-term wealth building plans. During his spare time he loves to write on Business, Finance, Marketing, Social Media. He loves to share his knowledge and Experts tips with his readers.

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