What’s new in WordPress 4.8, a new cycle begins
A few hours ago the new update of WordPress 4.8 «Evans» was launched with which a new cycle begins. As a curiosity, to say that the name “Evans” comes from a New York Jazz pianist.
The novelties introduced are many and the best is to review them one by one below. If you intend to update your blog, remember to make a backup first.
What’s new in WordPress 4.8.
New video, image and audio widgets.
With WordPress 4.8 three types of widgets are introduced with which to add multimedia content , the video widget, the image widget and the audio one. The objective of these widgets is none other than to facilitate the integration of this type of content in the blog.
On the other hand, the text widget has also been updated to integrate with the TinyMCE editor and thus edit the content of these widgets in a more visual way . Now, the text widget is handled in a similar way to the post editor.
Highlight link limits.
A new functionality has been introduced with which we can perceive the limits of the links in a visual way . In this way we avoid adding unnecessary characters to the link, such as punctuation marks.
It is not a novelty of the most exciting, but it improves the user experience during the composition of an entry.
WordPress desktop news improvements.
When you access your WordPress desktop you have surely noticed that there is a widget that shows events and news related to the WordPress world. Well, this new version will show the news and events in a more professional and complete way.
The theme bar sidebar is responsive.
So far the theme customizer sidebar was not responsive, so now it will adapt properly to all types of devices depending on the screen size.
WordPress 4.8 no longer supports Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10.
Finally, it has been decided to eliminate support for the Internet Explorer browser in its versions 8, 9 and 10.
Other interesting changes.
Other changes have been introduced to improve performance and functionality :
- It is added to the API of the new multimedia widgets .
- Accessibility improvements in the tag cloud.
- Removed support for embedding videos in WMV format and audio files in WMA format.
- Changes in the publishers API .
In addition, the following third-party scripts and libraries have been updated :
- TinyMCE update to version 4.6.2.
- Update of the Twemoji icon library to version 2.3.0.
- Update of the zxcvbn library to version 4.4.1.