WordPress 4.0 beta 1 is now available for testing, the one who is eager to test the latest version can give a try. Since, the software is still under development, WordPress team doesn’t recommend anyone to test it on a production site, you can still test the beta version in any of your testing site, find & report the bugs you come across. Here’s link to download WordPress 4.0 Beta 1.
In the month of April, WordPress 3.9 ‘Smith’ was released and later on in May, WordPress 3.9.1 was announced. The maintenance release was made to fix 34 bugs in WP 3.9 like multisite networks, customizing widgets, updated visual editor and more. Know the list of fixed bugs by clicking here.
What’s new in WordPress 4.0?
- Previews of embedding via URLs in the visual editor and the “Insert from URL” tab in the media modal. Try pasting a URL (such as a WordPress.tv or YouTube video) onto its own line in the visual editor.
- The Media Library now has a “grid” view in addition to the existing list view. Clicking on an item takes you into a modal where you can see a larger preview and edit information about that attachment, and you can navigate between items right from the modal without closing it.
- We’re freshening up the plugin install experience. You’ll see some early visual changes as well as more information when searching for plugins and viewing details.
- Selecting a language when you run the installation process.
- The editor intelligently resizes and its top and bottom bars pin when needed. Browsers don’t like to agree on where to put things like cursors, so if you find a bug here, please also let us know your browser and operating system.
- We’ve made some improvements to how your keyboard and cursor interact with TinyMCE views such as the gallery preview. Much like the editor resizing and scrolling improvements, knowing about your setup is particularly important for bug reports here.
- Widgets in the Customizer are now loaded in a separate panel.
- We’ve also made some changes to some formatting functions, so if you see quotes curling in the wrong direction, please file a bug report.
Final release of WordPress 4.0 will be available by next month. WordPress developers and testers do check the latest version and share your views about it in the comment section.