WordPress 4.6 is here! Upgrade now…

Yes, you heard that right!

Mid of August offered us the release of WordPress 4.6.  Indeed, great news for the website design and development industry. It is being considered as the second major release of 2016.

The release of this new version brings some exciting new improvements for the website developers and also fixes several bugs. The beta version is already out and people have started trying it.

SO, let’s explore more to find out the new features in WordPress 4.6.


Native System Fonts

Since the beginning, WordPress has been using Open Sans font from Google Fonts project, as its default font. This helps in making the admin interface look similar on various platforms and devices. Unfortunately, this affected the speed and relying on a third-party project.

To improve these shortcomings, the native System font feature is incorporated in 4.6 that can be used for the admin area. With this, your WordPress will load faster and make you feel like your native device and platform. This updation will only be reflected in the user interface elements inside the WordPress admin area and won’t affect content areas including post editor which makes use of your theme’s editor style sheet for fonts.


Editor Enhancements

WordPress has been a powerful and efficient website design and development tool because it offers myriads of opportunities to develop a website. Also, every time it releases a new version, it offers amazing new features and brings improvements to the post editor.

And this time, WordPress 4.6 brings in some cool new improvements to the edit screen.

At times, users end up adding an improper URL or broken link in a post that goes live when you publish the post. This no more would be a problem in WordPress 4.6. This is because 4.6 will now attempt to check for broken or improper links in the Visual Editor. If it finds a broken link, it will highlight it with red dots, displaying the link URL in red.


Enhanced Look of the Import Screen

With this new version, it is super easy to import content from a platform like Blogger, Tumblr, etc. using the Importer plugins. You can find this plugin on Import Page under the Tools menu option. Further, the import screen is easy to find and more readable.

It makes use of shiny updates for installing importer plugins in the backdrop. This ensures the end to unwanted pop-ups asking for installing the importer plugin.


Updates for Plugins & Themes

The new WordPress version ensures increased page loading speed. Previously, when you installed a plugin or theme, it showed you a progress screen. This is no more a feature in the new version. WordPress 4.6 makes it faster to install and update your WordPress themes and plugins without the need to leave the page.


Better Auto-Save and Recovery

WordPress 4.6 comes with an enhanced disaster recovery mode for the auto-save feature in the post editor. Previously, when users disabled revisions, it affected restoring drafts from the browser cache and autosave features.

This issue is now fixed and users will be able to easily restore posts from browser backups and autosave.


Miscellaneous Improvements

WordPress 4.6 also brings lots of new improvements for developers. Here are some of those under the hood improvements.

  • Resource Hints – Resource hints is a new W3C specification, which allows the browser to connect and prefetch resources to improve performance.
  • Persistent Comment Cache – WordPress 4.6 allows comments to be cached as a persistent object type. This means comment cache is properly validated and updated when there are changes.
  • WP_Post_Type Class – WordPress 4.6 introduces the new WP_Post_Type class. It changes $wp_post_types to an array of WP_Post_Type objects. This provides methods to handle post type supports, rewrite rules, meta boxes, hooks, and taxonomies.


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