*UPDATE* — If you have GENESIS FRAMEWORK & RELATED CHILD THEMES – I am hearing that there are some issues with some of the related Genesis plugins with the newest update. Please update these blogs at your own precaution and note you may need to deactivate some of the Genesis plugins in some cases, such as Genesis Simple Hooks due to possible incompatibility with this update.
I am the first to always say to wait to update, but I did a tentative update on my sites today and have had no real issue.
So I give the high sign on this to update for all now
The new update is impressive and allows for an overall smoother, media experience.
As for all that is involved in this update, take a look below now:
- Improved visual editing – The updated visual editor has improved speed, accessibility, and mobile support. You can paste into the visual editor from your word processor without wasting time to clean up messy styling. (Yeah, we’re talking about you, Microsoft Word.) I use pages, myself, having a Mac, but know that this should indeed help many who do their drafts on their computers first and then bring into their WordPress post editor.
- Edit Images Too Easily – quicker access to crop and rotation tools, so this makes it’s now that much easier to edit your images while editing posts. You can also scale images directly in the editor to find just the right fit. No more having to click on the image and be taken to a screen within your editing screen. I love this and definitely makes life much easier when editing your images indeed!
- Drag & Drop Your Images – More flexibility with images with this new addition, too, allowing for much easier image uploads by just simply grabbing them from your desktop and drop them onto the editor.
- Gallery Previews – See here is just more to prove that the media advances with this update are plentiful with galleries now displaying a beautiful grid of images right in the editor, just like they do in your published post.
- Not just print advance for media, but also for audio and video, because images have galleries; now they’ve added simple audio and video playlists, so you can showcase your music and clips, as well as your photos!
- Live (Real-Time) Widget & Header Previews – I think I may be drooling over how excited I am over this, because now you can add, edit, and rearrange your site’s widgets right in the theme customizer. No more “save and surprise”, because now you can simply preview your changes live and only save them when you’re ready.
- New Browser for Themes – Now you can have much more fun and it is definitely easier to look for a new theme, where you could certainly lose yourself in the boundless supply of free WordPress.org themes with the beautiful new theme browser.
And that is not all, there are also some changes under the hood for those that might be a bit more code savvy, such as follows:
- Semantic Captions and Galleries
Theme developers have new options for images and galleries that use intelligent HTML5 markup.
- Inline Code Documentation
Every action and filter hook in WordPress is now documented, along with expanded documentation for the media manager and customizer APIs.
- External Libraries
Updated libraries: TinyMCE 4, jQuery 1.11, Backbone 1.1, Underscore 1.6, Plupload 2, MediaElement 2.14, Masonry 3.
- Improved Database Layer
Database connections are now more fault-resistant and have improved compatibility with PHP 5.5 and MySQL 5.6.
- New Utility Functions
Identify a hook in progress with
doing_filter(), and manipulate custom image sizes with
Plugins and themes registering custom image sizes can now register suggested cropping points. For example, prevent heads from being cropped out of photos with a top-center crop.
- In conclusion –
And that is all she wrote, but a pretty impressive update again. So, hope you all enjoy it now, as much as I am!!