What’s New in WordPress 4.7

WordPress 4.7 was released just a few hours ago. It is the last major release of the year 2016, which brings some exciting new improvements and several bug fixes. In this article, we will show you what’s new in WordPress 4.7 and which features you… Read More »

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WordPress 4.7 was released just a few hours ago. It is the last major release of the year 2016, which brings some exciting new improvements and several bug fixes. In this article, we will show you what’s new in WordPress 4.7 and which features you should try after updating your websites.

What's new in WordPress 4.7

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

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

Twenty Seventeen – A New Default Theme

Twenty Seventeen - The new default theme in WordPress 4.7

WordPress 4.7 is the last release of the year. It is a WordPress tradition to release a new default theme each year named after the year.

Meet Twenty Seventeen.

This beautiful default theme comes with focus on business websites instead of blogs. It even comes with starter content to help new users start a WordPress website in minutes.

Twenty Seventeen is flexible enough to be used as a blog theme as well. Perhaps the most noticeable thing about Twenty Seventeen is crisp typography, which looks great on all screens.

Other noticeable features include large featured images, full screen header video and images, and graceful mobile-first design. All these elements make Twenty Seventeen a great starter theme for any kind of website.

Video Header Support in WordPress 4.7

Video headers support

WordPress 4.7 brings video header support for themes. Many free and premium themes were already allowing users to add full screen videos. The video header feature will make it easier for theme developers to integrate it with in customizer with live preview.

Users can upload their own videos in mp4 format, or add a YouTube video. We recommend adding a video using YouTube. See our article on why you should never upload videos to your WordPress site.

Starter Content Support for Themes

Starter content added by Twenty Seventeen theme in WordPress 4.7

Some premium WordPress themes allowed their customers to import starter content when they purchased a theme. The purpose of this content is to immediately setup a site for users with dummy content, which they can later edit to meet their own needs.

WordPress 4.7 brings similar functionality to the WordPress core and themes. Themes can now automatically add starter content on fresh sites.

A user will need to just visit the theme customizer and the starter content will be displayed. However, this starter content will not be saved until a user clicks on the save button.

PDF Previews in WordPress 4.7

PDF thumbnail previews in WordPress 4.7

WordPress 4.7 generates thumbnail previews for PDF files and displays them in media library. Previously, when you added a PDF document WordPress showed a generic document icon. Users had to use different PDF plugins for thumbnail previews.

This feature creates an image for the first page of PDF document during upload. This image is then stored in different sizes and is displayed in media library, media upload popup, and attachment pages.

Edit Shortcuts in Customizer Preview

Edit shortcuts in WordPress themes

WordPress 4.7 also brings ‘Edit Shortcuts’ in customizer preview. These edit shortcuts are small blue icons placed on editable items in your theme’s live preview.

This will be immensely helpful to new users who can now just point and click to edit an item.

Don’t be surprised if you don’t see edit shortcuts for your theme. It is a new feature and it may not be available with your current theme.

Add Custom CSS in Live Preview

Custom CSS support in WordPress 4.7

Sometimes you may need to quickly add some CSS to your WordPress site. Previously you had to add custom CSS to your theme or child theme‘s stylesheet. WordPress 4.7 allows you to directly add custom CSS using Customizer and view live preview of your changes.

However, this custom CSS is specific to the WordPress theme you are currently editing. If you want to apply custom CSS regarless of which theme you are using, then see our guide on on how to add custom CSS in WordPress.

Admin Language Control

Users can switch admin area language from their profiles in WordPress 4.7

WordPress 4.7 allows users to switch the admin area language from their user profile. You will still need to install the languages before users can switch them.

Editor Improvements in WordPress 4.7

Post editor changes in WordPress 4.7

The post editor in WordPress is where users spend most of their time creating content. Each WordPress release strives to improve the editing experience by making it more easier and intuitive.

WordPress 4.7 brings some important changes to the editor. Users can now see keyboard shortcuts in tooltips and drop down menus.

The paragraph and heading selector menu will now appear in the top bar. The underline button has been removed, and the strikethrough and horizontal line buttons are moved to the kitchen sink bar.

Under The Hood Changes

WordPress 4.7 brings lots of exciting changes for developers as well. Here are some of those under the hood improvements.

Post Type Templates in WordPress 4.7

WordPress has custom page templates which allows users and theme developers to create different layouts for pages in WordPress. 4.7 brings this functionality to all post types including custom post types. (#18375)

Rest API Content Endpoints

Rest API Endpoints make their way into WordPress 4.7. (#38373)

Locale Switching

If the content of your website is displayed in a different locale than the one set in admin area, then WordPress will show the toolbar in the language of the content page. (#26511)

Accessible Alt Text for Images

WordPress automatically used file names as title and alternate text for images added in WordPress. Starting from 4.7, WordPress will now leave the alt text field blank if a user does not make any changes to the title or alt text fields when uploading an image. (#34635)

We hope this article offered you a good scope of what’s new in WordPress 4.7. We are particularly excited about video headers and edit shortcuts in customizer. What are you excited about?

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What’s Coming in WordPress 4.7 (Features and Screenshots)

The beta version of WordPress 4.7 arrived last week. We have been following the development closely, and we are excited to report that final version is expected to be released around December 6th, 2016. In this article, we will highlight what’s coming in WordPress 4.7… Read More »

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The beta version of WordPress 4.7 arrived last week. We have been following the development closely, and we are excited to report that final version is expected to be released around December 6th, 2016. In this article, we will highlight what’s coming in WordPress 4.7 with features and screenshots.

What's coming in WordPress 4.7

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

This is the beta release, which means no more new features will be added until the final release of WordPress 4.7. However, some of the features in beta may not make it into the final release.

New Default Theme – Twenty Seventeen

Twenty Seventeen

WordPress 4.7 will be the last major release of 2016. As is the tradition, it will come with a new default theme for the next year.

Twenty Seventeen is slightly different than previous default themes. Its main focus is on business websites rather than blogs, and it even comes with starter content to help new users setup their WordPress websites. Currently the starter content feature is available for new sites only, but by the time the theme is released, it is expected to be available for sites with existing content as well.

It can also be used as a blog theme. Twenty Seventeen has large featured images, crisp typography, and a mobile-first approach to design.

Video Headers Support

Video header support

Many premium WordPress themes are already allowing users to add video headers. Twenty Seventeen will be the first default theme to come with video header support.

You can upload and use your own videos in mp4 format, or you can also use YouTube and Vimeo videos by simply entering the video URL.

If your theme doesn’t support video headers, here is how you can easily add YouTube video as fullscreen background in WordPress without any coding.

Theme Setup Flow

New theme and site setup flow in Customizer

WordPress 4.7 will bring an improved theme and site setup flow. In the customizer, you will now see a more polished view of your installed themes, better theme search, and improved setup directly from theme customizer.

Custom CSS in Live Preview

Custom CSS in WordPress 4.7

Want to add custom CSS to your theme? Now you can do that directly from the theme customizer. However, your custom CSS will be specific to the theme you are previewing.

If you often change themes or don’t want your custom CSS limited to a theme, then you can see our guide on how to easily add custom CSS in WordPress.

Admin Language Control for Users

Admin language control for users

Currently when you install WordPress in other languages, all users see the admin interface in the same language.

WordPress 4.7 will allow users to switch the admin language from their user profile, so each user can choose the language they prefer. You will still need to install the languages before users can switch them.

Thumbnail Previews for PDF Files

PDF Thumbnails in Media modal

Currently, if you upload a PDF file, then WordPress only shows the file icon. You can add previews using PDF plugins for WordPress.

WordPress 4.7, will show thumbnail preview of the first page in your PDF document when you upload it to the media library. WordPress will also display thumbnail previews on a PDF file’s attachment page.

Editor Enhancements

Editor changed in WordPress 4.7

The post editor is where most site owners spend most of their time creating content. Each WordPress version brings enhancements and features to the post editor.

WordPress 4.7 will make some subtle but important changes to the editor. The paragraph and heading selector menu will now appear in the top bar. The underline button has been removed, and the strikethrough and horizontal line buttons are moved to the kitchen sink bar.

Users will also be able to see keyboard shortcuts in tooltips and drop down menus.

Under The Hood Improvements

These updates improve significant parts of the WordPress core but are mainly intended for developers.

Custom Bulk Actions

Custom bulk actions

Developers will now be able to add their own custom bulk actions to list tables on different admin screens like posts, comments, users, etc. (#16031)

Post Type Templates

Similar to custom page templates, Post Type Templates will allow theme developers to add the ability to choose templates for different post types. (#18375)

Rest API Content Endpoints

Rest API Endpoints will make their way into WordPress 4.7. (#38373)

Locale Switching

If the content of your website is displayed in a different locale than the one set in admin area, then WordPress will show the toolbar in the language of the content page. (#26511)

We hope this article helped you learn what’s coming in WordPress 4.7. Let us know which features you find exciting and what you would like to see in future releases of WordPress in the comments below.

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