WordPress 4.9 “Tipton” Release

WordPress 4.9 release This update includes major updates to the customizer, code error checking, widget updates and more!
Status: WordPress 4.9 is available
Who should upgrade? All users of WordPrss 4.8x and below
Download link WordPress.org Home Page

WordPress has released version 4.9 named “Tipton” after the jazz musician and band leader Billy Tipton. The updates include changes to the customizer workflow, code error checking, widgets, theme switching, and developer improvements. Here’s a quick summary list of the updates in version 4.9:

Customizer Workflow Improvements

  • Draft and schedule Site design customizations
  • Design Preview Links
  • Design locking to prevent accidental changes
  • Prompt to save changes after unattended time periods

Coding Enhancements

  • Syntax highlighting and error checking
  • Sandbox to help avoid errors when working with themes and plugin code
  • Warning when directly editing themes or plugins

Widget Updates

  • Add a gallery via widget
  • Add Media button widget

Site Building Improvements

  • Persistent menu and widget placement when switching themes
  • Find and Preview Themes
  • Better menu instructions

The new Gutenberg Editor

This is the editor that the WordPress development team has been working to implement. When you upgrade to 4.9, the editor will be available as will the classic editor. You can add it through the plugins section here. There is also documentation available that can be seen in the WordPress menu when the plugin has been installed. As per the documentation stated about Gutenberg:

The editor will endeavour to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.

For more specific information concerning the updates within WordPress 4.9, please go to the WordPress 4.9 “Tipton” news page in WordPress.org.

BoldGrid Users

If you use the BoldGrid Plugin for WordPress, then make sure to go to the update section of WordPress and update your plugins in order to use the latest version which has been adapted for WordPress 4.9.

Arnel Custodio Technical Writer; WordPress Contributor & Volunteer

As a writer for InMotion Hosting, Arnel has always aimed to share helpful information and provide knowledge that will help solve problems and aid in achieving goals. He's also been active with WordPress local community groups and events since 2004.

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