WordPress 4.9 “Tipton” released

The latest version of WordPress (4.9) has been released, and there are some significant changes. Nothing mind-blowing, but significant.

First of all, you can now add media and use shortcodes in the Text Widget. The media bit makes things easier, no more hard coding an image in your text widget, you can use the Add Media button just like you would in the post/page editor.

The shortcode bit is more exciting to me. No more third party plugins just for using shortcodes in a widget. This has been a long time coming, being requested by users for years. It’s always nice when you can shorten your list of required plugins.

Another notable change is the ability to Save Draft, and even Schedule a publish in the Customizer. You’ve always been able to see a live preview of your changes while using the Appearance > Customizer feature, but now you can save your changes as a draft, to be manually published later, or you can actually schedule a time for the changes you’ve made to be published.

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Last but not least, the WordPress code editor (Appearance > Editor) now includes the CodeMirror library, turning it into a pretty robust IDE coding tool. The editor highlights things in different colors, making your code easier to navigate. It also auto-completes, and points out syntax errors.

I’m not a fan of the auto complete myself, but I’ll get used to it.

As of right now there aren’t any options like choosing colors/themes, or turning things like autocomplete off, so hopefully you like the changes because if you don’t there’s really nothing you can do about it.

More details about all the changes can be found here: https://wordpress.org/news/2017/11/tipton/

What do you think? Do you like the new WordPress?