What’s New in WordPress 4.3

WordPress 4.3 was released just a few minutes ago. This is the second major WordPress release this year. It has some great new features and fixes many issues. In this article, we will show you what’s new in WordPress 4.3 and which features you should… Read More »

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WordPress 4.3 was released just a few minutes ago. This is the second major WordPress release this year. It has some great new features and fixes many issues. In this article, we will show you what’s new in WordPress 4.3 and which features you should try after updating your sites.

This is a major release and unless you are on a managed WordPress hosting, you will have to manually initiate the update.

Important: Don’t forget to create a complete WordPress backup before starting the update.

Menus in Customizer

Widgets were added to customizer in WordPress 3.9, and it was logical to expect the same for menus. Now with WordPress 4.3, you will be able to edit, create, and manage menus from the customizer. Simply go to Appearance » Customize and then click on the Menus tab.

WordPress 4.3 allows you to edit menus in customizer

The old way of adding navigation menus in WordPress will still be there. However the hope is with menus in the customizer customizer, the process of editing menus will become faster and simpler for new WordPress users.

New Site Icon Feature

WordPress did not have a feature to add site icon or favicon. Users had to manually upload their favicon or use plugins to add them. With WordPress 4.3, you can add your site icon from WordPress admin area.

Adding site icon in WordPress 4.3

Stronger Passwords by Default

Many security conscious users wanted WordPress to automatically suggest strong passwords for new users. WordPress 4.3 will now suggest stronger passwords by default.

When a user requests a password reset, they will see a stronger password already suggested in the password reset field.

New user interface favors stronger passwords in WordPress

While adding a new user, WordPress will send them a link to setup a password instead of sending them passwords in plain text.

The main goal of this overhaul is to educate users and improve password security in WordPress. The most common excuse for not using stronger passwords is that they are difficult to remember. But there are better ways to manage passwords for WordPress than just remembering them.

Editor Enhancements

The post editing area is where most WordPress users spend their time. This is where you create content, and WordPress makes it super easy to do that with its simple and beautiful visual editor. However, pressing the button means using the mouse or touchpad which breaks the pace of writing.

WordPress 4.3 comes with inline text shortcuts that automatically format text as you type. You don’t even need to touch editor buttons or reload the page. You will see your changes applied instantly in the editor.

Editor text patterns in WordPress 4.3

  • Using * or – will start an unordered list.
  • Using 1. will start an ordered list.
  • Using # will transform into h1. ## for h2, ### for h3 and so on.
  • Using > will transform into blockquote.

You can see the complete list of shortcuts by clicking on the help icon in the visual editor.

Inline shortcuts added to post editor in WordPress 4.3

Comments Off for Pages in WordPress

Pages in WordPress are supposed to be static non-chronological content. See our guide on the difference between WordPress posts vs pages. This means that in most usage scenarios you don’t need to turn on comments for pages. However, WordPress have had comments enabled for pages by default. Users had to manually turn off comments for their pages in WordPress.

WordPress 4.3 fixes this issue and after updating to 4.3, any new page you create will have comments disabled by default.

Comments will be turned off for Pages by default

Improved List Views

There are many improvements for the admin area on mobile devices. The goal of this improvements is to provide a better and consistent user experience on smaller screens.

The list views for WordPress posts, comments, and media are improved to look better on mobile devices. You can find extra information for each item in the tables by clicking on the arrow next to them.

Comment lists in WordPress 4.2 and 4.3

Improved Press This Tool

Work continued on the revamped Press This tool. In WordPress 4.3, the Press This tool now has a text editor as well as visual. Many advance WordPress users find text editor to be more useful for their needs than visual editor. This change will allow them to easily switch.

Press this tool in WordPress 4.3 has text editor support

Under The Hood Improvements

As part of the ongoing taxonomy improvement roadmap, shared terms on multiple taxonomies will now split up. (#30261)

A new template file singular.php will now act as the default fallback for single.php and page.php templates. (#22314)

Developers should now almost always select a primary column when using list tables like on the Posts, Pages, or Media Library screens. (#25408)

We hope you liked this overview of what’s new in WordPress 4.3. We are particularly excited about improved customizer controls. What are you excited about?

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What’s Coming in WordPress 4.3 (Features and Screenshots)

After the release of WordPress 4.2 in April, development of the next major release WordPress 4.3 started in full swing. We have been following the development closely and are excited to report that WordPress 4.3 is expected to be released next month. In this article,… Read More »

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After the release of WordPress 4.2 in April, development of the next major release WordPress 4.3 started in full swing. We have been following the development closely and are excited to report that WordPress 4.3 is expected to be released next month. In this article, we will show you what’s coming in WordPress 4.3 with features and screenshots.

Note: You can try out the beta version on your computer or on a staging environment by using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin.

WordPress 4.3 Features

Editing Menus in Customizer

With a heavy push for the theme customizer adoption, WordPress core team is slowly moving all theme options one by one to the customizer screen.

Widgets management was added to the customizer in WordPress 3.9, and theme switching was added in WordPress 4.2.

WordPress 4.3 will allow you to manage your navigation menus from the theme customizer.

While you can still manage and edit your menus using the old interface, the goal of this new addition is to allow users to customize all their theme settings from one settings page with a live preview.

WordPress 4.3 will have menus in customizer

This change was met with heavy resistance by some very notable members of the community. It would be interesting to see how the customizer evolves in the next versions.

Adding Site Icon or Favicon

Favicon or site icon is the tiny icon that you see next to a site’s name in your web browser. In the past, WordPress users had to use a plugin to add a favicon or add it manually by editing their theme files.

WordPress 4.3 will allow you to upload your site’s favicon or site icon from the WordPress admin area. Simply visit Settings » General and upload an image for your site icon.

WordPress will allow you to crop the image and will also show you a live preview of how it will look in browsers and as a mobile icon.

Site icon feature in WordPress 4.3

Better Passwords

WordPress 4.3 will introduce a new user interface for the password reset screen. It will automatically fill in the new password field with a strong password.

New password reset screen in the upcoming WordPress 4.3

When you add a new user, WordPress will now send them a password reset link instead of a pre-selected password in plain text. During the process you also have the option to click on the show password button and add a password for the new user. WordPress will show a strong password auto-filled when you click on the show password button. You can change that to your own password if you want.

WordPress will send password reset link instead of plain text passwords in email to new users

The goal here is to make sure that users understand the importance of using strong passwords. You may also want to take a look at our tutorial on what’s the best way to manage passwords for WordPress.

Editor Improvements

Many WordPress site owners spend most of their time writing posts. If you use the visual editor, then you will notice that moving your mouse to click on formatting buttons slows down your writing pace.

With 4.3, WordPress is introducing inline text shortcuts. These shortcuts are similar to Markdown which allows you to format text and add element using simple markup in the text. However, unlike Markdown these text patterns will immediately transforms patterns into HTML.

Using * or – will start an unordered list.
Using 1. will start an ordered list.
Using # will transform into h1. ## for h2, ### for h3 and so on.
Using > will transform into blockquote.

Using editor text patterns in WordPress 4.3

This is surely going to speed up writing for power users.

Visual/Text Editors in Press This

In WordPress 4.3, the Press This tool will get a full featured visual and text post editor. This will make it easier to create posts quickly with proper formatting tools.

Press This in WordPress 4.3 will have full featured post editors

Under The Hood Developments

In WordPress 4.3 shared terms on multiple taxonomies will now split up. This is part of the ongoing taxonomy improvement roadmap. (#30261)

In WordPress template hierarchy, singular.php file will now act as the default fallback template for single.php and page.php. (#22314)

WordPress 4.3 will allow developers to select a primary column when using list tables like on the Posts, Pages, or Media Library screens. (#25408)

We hope this article gave you a glimpse into what’s coming in WordPress 4.3. Let us know which features you are excited about and what you would like to see in future releases of WordPress.

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