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What’s New in WordPress 4.0 – Adds Useful Features

WordPress has released WordPress 4.0, which adds a slew of new features to give you a “smoother writing and management experience” with the blog management tool. You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (6.3MB).

Key WordPress 4.0 Features

A mountain of work goes into each WordPress release and version 4.0 is no different. In this article we’ll cover the main improvements that version 4.0 brings. The key features that we’re going cover are:

  • Choosing Your Own Language On Installation
  • New Grid View for the Media Library
  • Improvements to the Content Editor
  • More Support for oEmbed
  • Improvements to TinyMCE Views
  • New Plugin Installation Experience
  • New Widget Customizer Panel
  • New Accessibility Features
  • Updated External Libraries
  • We’ll also cover how to update your site to the latest version.

Choosing Your Own Language On Installation

When installing WordPress on a new website, you’ll be greeted with a new ‘Language Selection’ panel.

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If you have installed WordPress using another language, you can change the this by navigating to Settings > General. At the bottom of this page, you should be able to see the new ‘Site Language’ option.

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New Grid View for the Media Library

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New Grid View for the Media Library

The new WordPress 4.0 release provides the ability for you to preview any embedded oEmbed URL directly within your visual editor. WordPress now also supports oEmbed from a wider variety of providers, including:

TED Talks
CollegeHumor
YouTube Playlists
Issuu
Mixcloud
Polldaddy Short URLs

New Plugin Installation Experience

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Dubbed “Benny” in honor of American jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman, WordPress 4.0 isn’t a major release; Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg says “4.0 is just another number for us after 3.9 and before 4.1″ but he says the teams feels it has “put a little extra polish into it.”