WordPress.org keeps the high frequency of releasing new versions of their WordPress CMS and a few days ago released the first final version of the new WordPress 3.9 Smith.
Once again this is a version of WordPress that contains many improvements and exciting news:
- Improved media management in all aspects of the WordPress CMS for all types of media, video, images, audio, etc.
- WordPress’ own gallery functionhas (finally!) been greatly improved
- You can now set up both video and audio with associated playlists (playlists)
- Live previews of widgets in the control panel
- Responsive web design for both frontend and backend
These are among the most conspicuous news in WordPress 3.9 – in addition to a number of “minor” news along with all the news “under the hood” of WordPress.
WordPress version 17.9 “Elvis”?
Version 3.9 has been dubbed “Smith” named after jazz organist Jimmy Smith.
With the high frequency of version releases the WordPress people must be careful that they do not run out of jazz legends for naming future WP releases.
Below, we detail some of the new features in WordPress 3.9.
Improved media management
New visual editor
The visual editor has been improved in several areas:
The editor reacts faster with an improved appearence on handheld media.
Text and content can be copied and pasted directly from for example Microsoft Word – without having to spend time cleaning up formatting codes.
Easier image editing
Tools for editing, cropping and alignment sits directly on the pictures, so the image can be edited in the post without the prior dialogue box for image editing.
The same applies to the scaling of images in posts.
Drag and drop images into WordPress
Uploading images to WordPress is as easy as ever.
You simply drag and drop images from your own desktop to the WordPress editor.
Galleries in WordPress
Galleries in WordPress have been updated so now the editor shows galleries “as is” in a grid structure.
Playlists for video and sound
The enhanced features for playing video and audio that took off with the release of WordPress version 3.6 “Oscar”, has now been added the ability to display playlists for both video and audio.
Live widget previews
You can add, arrange and preview widgets in the controlpanel.
WordPress 3.9 “Smith” video presentation
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