WordPress 4.5 “Coleman” Just Released – Helps Streamline Your Workflow

Version 4.5 of WordPress, named “Coleman” in honor of jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. Coleman Hawkins was one of the first musicians to establish the tenor saxophone as a jazz horn.

New features in 4.5 help streamline your workflow, whether you’re writing or building your site.

See the release video below:

Editing Improvements

Inline Linking

Stay focused on your writing with a less distracting interface that keeps you in place and allows you to easily link to your content.

Stay focused on your writing with a less distracting interface that keeps you in place and allows you to easily link to your content.

Formatting Shortcuts

Do you enjoy using formatting shortcuts for lists and headings? Now they’re even more useful, with horizontal lines and <code>.

Customization Improvements

Live Responsive Previews

Make sure your site looks great on all screens! Preview mobile, tablet, and desktop views directly in the customizer.

Make sure your site looks great on all screens! Preview mobile, tablet, and desktop views directly in the customizer.

Custom Logos

Themes can now support logos for your business or brand using customizer. If a theme does not support this feature, then you will not be able to see it in customizer.

Under the Hood

Smart Image Resizing

Generated images now load up to 50% faster with no noticeable quality loss. It’s really cool.

Selective Refresh

The customizer now supports a comprehensive framework for rendering parts of the preview without rewriting your PHP code in JavaScript.

Script Loader Improvements

Better support has been added for script header/footer dependencies. New wp_add_inline_script() enables adding extra code to registered scripts.

Better Embed Templates

Embed templates have been split into parts and can be directly overridden by themes via the template hierarchy.

JavaScript Library Updates

jQuery 1.12.3, jQuery Migrate 1.4.0, Backbone 1.2.3, and Underscore 1.8.3 are bundled.

Read about more improvements in the WordPress news release. This release was led by Mike Schroder, backed up by Adam Silverstein as Release Deputy, Mel Choyce as Release Design Lead, and the help of many other talented individuals.

Future WordPress Releases

Conversations about WordPress 4.6 and beyond have already begun. If you’re interested in where WordPress is headed, follow this conversation and get involved.

Listen to some Coleman Hawkins music during your installation!

(Be sure to BACKUP your website prior to installing any major update.)

Here’s one of my favorites…

Happy Blogging!

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