I’ve been blogging for almost 8 years now and I really appreciate the fact that the the WordPress team led by founder Matt Mullenweg has been constantly updating, refining and finding new ways to enhance the interface to give us bloggers and users a much more rich experience.
For those who do not know what WordPress is, it is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. The platform is used by more than 22.0% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. It is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web as it is being used by more than 60 million websites. Count my more than 80 blogs and websites in this statistics as I use WordPress in about 95 % of them. (I have several “blogger” sites and other sites running other platform as well)
Aside from the usual under the hood and other security updates, WordPress 4.0 features tools giving the user a rich experience. Innovative changes such as intuitive editing, seamless media embeds, a new plugin browser where you can see the plugin details and reviews right inside WordPress itself and the Media Library grid.
The thing I like about this update is the fact that unlike previous WordPress versions, in this update, the editor shows a true preview of the embedded content. You can embed content such as videos, images, tweets and audio from more than 26 sites as of the time of this writing including those from popular sites like youtube, vimeo, twitter, Instagram, Scribd, SlideShare etc. And the best thing about it ? Just copy and paste the URL and POOF ! just like magic the embedded content is right there in your editor. No more copying of long embed codes and switching to “text” mode to copy the code to your WordPress editor.
Another thing I like is this version allows me to focus more on content. The editor expands to fit my content as I write keeping the formatting tools available at all times.
With all it’s cool new features you can now rejoice now, dance and groove to Benny Goodman’s jazz music wherein which the latest Version 4.0 of WordPress is named after.
This post was written in WordPress “Benny”. See the video below for a quick preview of WordPress 4.0 features. Update to WordPress 4.0 available in your dashboard.