WordPress 4.3 “Billie” New Formatting, Customizing Features

Version 4.3 of WordPress, named “Billie” in honor of jazz singer Billie Holiday, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.3 make it even easier to format your content and customize your site. Be sure to BACKUP your site prior to any major updates.


(Awesome video by Siobhan McKeown, Hugo Baeta, and Jack Lenox.)

New features include:

  • Menus in the live customizer – Create your menu, update it, and assign it, all while live-previewing in the customizer.
  • Formatting shortcuts – Your writing flow just got faster with new formatting shortcuts in WordPress 4.3. Use asterisks to create lists and number signs to make a heading.
  • Site icons – Site icons represent your site in browser tabs, bookmark menus, and on the home screen of mobile devices. Add your unique site icon in the customizer; it will even stay in place when you switch themes. Make your whole site reflect your brand.
  • A smoother admin experience – Refinements to the list view across the admin make your WordPress more accessible and easier to work with on any device.
  • Comments turned off on pages – All new pages that you create will have comments turned off. Keep discussions to your blog, right where they’re supposed to happen.
  • Customize your site quickly – Wherever you are on the front-end, you can click the customize link in the toolbar to swiftly make changes to your site.

Read about more improvements in today’s WordPress news release.

This release was led by Konstantin Obenland, with the help of 246 contributors.

Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.

Listen to some Billie Holiday music during your installation!

Here’s one of my favorites…

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