WordPress 4.1 Release Focuses on Backend Usability and Convenience
Kelly Meeneghan Peters, 1&1 Internet, Inc.
Just a couple months ago we saw the release of WordPress 4.0. With experts and enthusiasts constantly working to enhance the CMS’s functionality, appearance, and usability, it should come as no surprise that the next version is already available. Within the new WordPress 4.1, many changes were made focusing on convenience and ease of use with additional editing features and a new default theme.
Focus Writing Mode – Visual and Text editors within WordPress are very useful for those that know how to best leverage the tools. However, the various editing features and elements available can be overwhelming to some users. With the new distraction-free writing mode, the editor now hides all of the tools that are not required when writing. When you move the cursor away from the text box, these hidden elements reappear.
Language Selection Menu – Now users have the ability to choose their desired language directly from the General Settings screen. As new language packs become available, they will be added to the list of options automatically.
Image Editing – When editing a blog post, for example, images were previously a challenge to align perfectly. Now, all a user needs to do is click on an image within a post and a variety of alignment options become available - without the need to change the view. You can also click on the pencil icon within this tool to further edit the image itself.
Vine Videos – Vine has become one of the most popular platforms for publishing video content online so it makes sense that integration into the WordPress platform would be simplified. Videos from Vine now automatically appear as soon as the URL is added to the post.
Plugin Recommendations – Specifically useful for those that do not consider themselves “WordPress Experts,” users now receive intuitive plugin recommendations based on the how others are utilizing the same plugins.
Twenty Fifteen – As the new standard theme, Twenty Fifteen is minimalist and modern offering everything users around the world need to develop a new Web project. One of the key features of this theme is its use of Google’s Noto Serif and Sans fonts which support many languages, including those with non-Latin alphabets. This limits the need to change the font when a different language is used. A heightened level of customization is also available within this default theme.
With so many enhancements in this release, all WordPress users are encouraged to upgrade their version to ensure optimal security.