WordPress 4.3 was released Aug. 18 and, once again, focuses on easier content creation and site customization.
- Customizer enhancements allowing live preview of menu updates
- Easier formatting in visual editor using shortcuts: “*” for lists, and “#” for headings
- Ability to easily create or update your site icon that reflects your brand on your website
- Enhanced password security with automatic secure password generation
- and more… see the official WordPress 4.3 blog post
This release addresses six important security issues, so you should ensure your site gets updated ASAP. Here’s the official blog post from WordPress.org with details of what is contained in the release.
If you have automatic background updates enabled, that’s the default setting for minor and security releases, then you should receive an email from your site when it has been updated. The email is sent to whomever is designated to receive admin emails in your General Settings. I received several of these notifications yesterday covering the sites I manage.
So to ensure your site’s security, please check that your site is updated. Also, keep your eye out for the next major release, WordPress 4.3, slated for release on August 18.
WordPress 4.0 was released yesterday and focuses on making content creation easier.
- Editor enhancements such as toolbar staying in view to reduce required scrolling
- Improved, seamless media embedding
- New plugin browser makes it easier to view plugin info & reviews before installing
- Enhanced media library – new grid layout – easier to manage, view and navigate media
I’m always a little wary about upgrading any software to a major new release. It needs to be tested very thoroughly to try and account for every conceivable configuration and platform. And with an ever expanding number of devices and platforms, that’s a pretty tough task.
But I upgraded a few sites to WordPress 3.9 this past week and to my delight, all went well! It seems that the people at WordPress.org, and really the whole open source community working on WordPress, have it together and are doing something right. Since I’ve started using WordPress close to a year ago, I’ve never had an issue with any upgrades. Thanks WP developers!
This release addresses some important security issues, so you should update your site ASAP. Here’s the official blog post from WordPress.org with details of what is contained in the release.
This is the first security release to come out since automatic background updates were implemented so you may already be on this release – assuming you have not explicitly turned off automatic updates. If you have not turned off automatic updates, then you should receive an email from your site when it has been updated. The email is sent to whomever is designated to receive admin emails.
This is the new, major release from WordPress. Here’s the official blog post from Matt Mullenweg (creator of WordPress).
New Features in WordPress 3.7
- Automatic updates for maintenance and security releases (i.e. non-major releases)
- Stronger password recommendations
- Better global support