Installing and Exploring WordPress 4.0 New Features

Update on September 6th, 2014: I updated the screenshots to WordPress 4.0.

I have recorded early video using Alpha version, now the official WordPress 4.0 called, “Benny” version is released. You can check out this official page for the new features, both for the users and developers. It seems the front end editor isn’t included yet, it can be featured on the next version.

I’ve installed this beta version in local machine, click here if you are using Mac to see how we can install WP locally (any versions) and for those who use Windows machine, you can visit this post.

Here are 11 WordPress 4.0 new features I found

Installing WP 4.0 Manually in cPanel of you host

I found 11 New Features:

1. The language options before installation.

This option enables you choosing your preferred language when you want to Install WordPress, it reminds me of installing OS in a Mac somehow.

Language options before installation

Language options before installation

2. Site Language option in “General” → “Settings” if you choose another language before installation in feature (1) above.

Changing site's language option

Changing site’s language option

3. Grid view.

WordPress 4.0 new features improves the “Media” which will include “Grid view” and “Bulk Select”. This you can see when you go to “Media” inside dashboard in admin page. Also, when you click one of your image, it will enable easier navigation arrows to edit one image to the other.

Grid view on Media and Bulk Edit

Grid view on Media and Bulk Edit

4. New Plugins page look.

Different new appearance of “Plugins” page that you can see when you “Add New” plugin inside your dashboard, with so much details, and new look which is similar to the plugin page itself in WordPress plugins directory.

Plugin page new look after you click "Add New"

Plugin page new look after you click “Add New”

5. “More Details” New Look

After clicking “More Details” on a plugin. You can view “Ratings” and other info as shown in WordPress plugin directory page.

When you click on "More Details" while looking for a plugin

When you click on “More Details” while looking for a plugin

6. Editor – Sticky Post Editor and Option to have 1 or 2 Scrollbars.

The post editor now doesn’t have second scroll bar by default, which also means, you will have the option to enable the Resize icon and 2 scrollbars in “Screen Options” on the top.

Related: Theme Customizer Feature in WordPress 3.4 Beta 1

By default, when you scroll down to the bottom of your page, the “Text editor” of the post editor will “stick” until we can’t see the post editor area anymore, then it will follow your browser’s scrolling.

Sticky post editor and one scroll bar

Sticky post editor and one scroll bar

I am using Chrome browser in the video and images in this post.

7. Widget panel.

Although it’s still be found inside the “Customizer” this Widget’s own panel looks more organized in its separated panel, after you click on “Widget” button.

More organized Widget in Customizer

More organized Widget in Customizer

8. Embed view in Visual tab.

In the old version, say, you want to embed YouTube videos or supported Oembed sites, you paste the URL, it will not show the preview or the thumbnail in your post, although it will display the video thumbnail in the front-end. Now with this version, as soon as you paste the URL, you’ll see the thumbnail of the video.

Visual embedded preview with Visual tab

Visual embedded preview with Visual tab


9. Visual preview – Insert from URL.

In the older version, when you want to add media from external URL, you can see the preview when you add an image URL, in WP 4.0, you will be able to see image or videos embed preview (any Oembed supported media).

Insert from URL new look with visual preview

Insert from URL new look with visual preview


After Beta 2 – These new features are found

10. Theme Previewer navigation.

When you want to install another theme, you go to “Themes” and then “Add” choose any themes you haven’t installed, it will bring you to the new themes previewer with arrow navigation. So you can preview all of them without going back to the dashboard and click another themes.

Theme preview new navigation with arrows

Theme preview new navigation with arrows

11. The color picker is back.

The color picker was removed, and now it is back again.

Custom Color is back

Custom Color is back

According the featured plugins page, there will be new front-end editor feature in the next WP version, if not the 4.0 then the next versions. Also the “Admin Help” is estimated to be there as well.

I just hope that this “often appearance updates” will not overwhelm WordPress user newbies.

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