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