Version 4.8 of WordPress, named “Evans” in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.8 add more ways for you to express yourself and represent your brand.
The new version features link improvements, three new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, an updated text widget that supports visual editing and more developer improvements.
New Image, Video, and Text Widgets
Adding an image to a widget is now a simple task that is achievable for any WordPress user without needing to know code. Simply insert your image right within the widget settings. Try adding something like a headshot or a photo of your latest weekend adventure — and see it appear automatically.
A welcome video is a great way to humanize the branding of your website. You can now add any video from the Media Library to a sidebar on your site with the new Video widget. Use this to showcase a welcome video to introduce visitors to your site or promote your latest and greatest content.
Are you a podcaster, musician, or avid blogger? Adding a widget with your audio file has never been easier. Upload your audio file to the Media Library, go to the widget settings, select your file, and you’re ready for listeners. This would be a easy way to add a more personal welcome message, too!
Rich Text Widget
This feature deserves a parade down the center of town! Rich-text editing capabilities are now native for Text widgets. Add a widget anywhere and format away. Create lists, add emphasis, and quickly and easily insert links. Have fun with your newfound formatting powers, and watch what you can accomplish in a short amount of time.
With link boundaries, a great new feature, the process of link building is streamlined and your links will work better, with less frustration.
You can find out about other new improvements, including the ability to view all upcoming WordCamps and official WordPress Meetups in your dashboard, and developer improvements on the WordPress Blog.
Listen to Bill Evans music during your installation!
(Be sure to BACKUP your website prior to installing any major update.)
Here’s one of my favorites…
This is a major release and unless you have managed WordPress maintenance services, you will have to manually initiate the update. Be sure to perform a complete backup of your WordPress website and database prior to updating.