WordPress 4.9 was released just few hours ago. It is the second and last major WordPress release of 2017 with some exciting new features and enhancements. In this article, we will show you what’s new in WordPress 4.9 and which features you should try after updating your websites.
New Theme Browsing Experience in The Customizer
Previewing and changing themes directly from customizer is now more user friendly. You can view all your installed themes in the preview panel and click on the live preview button to load them in customizer.
Save and Schedule Changes in The Customizer
WordPress 4.9 also allows you to easily schedule theme changes to be automatically published later.
Theme developers will now be able to use these new changes in the customizer JS API. These changes will allow them to add better controls, beautiful outer panels, and display notifications on screen.
New Gallery Widget in WordPress 4.9
WDS_LINK_PLACEHOLDER_667b929859c46e35626fddbff9e50d92 introduced new media widgets which included rich text, audio, image, and video. WordPress 4.9 builds up on that with the introduction of the new gallery widget.
Just like the native WordPress galleries, this widget is also limited in terms of functionality. If you want a more powerful gallery with albums, then you need to look at a third-party plugin like WDS_LINK_PLACEHOLDER_61eececaf42dff983e096376948bed4b.
Shortcode in Sidebar Text Widgets
WordPress didn’t allow shortcode execution in text widgets. Users had to explicitly enable shortcodes in text widgets. WordPress 4.9 will finally change that and users will be able to add shortcodes in text widgets out of the box.
WordPress allows you to add HTML/CSS code at various places like theme editor, custom CSS panel, or in custom HTML widget.
Previously, these areas were plain text boxes and didn’t look or act like a proper code editor.
WordPress 4.9 has changed that by adding syntax highlighting, code suggestions, and auto-completion into those areas.
If you have ever faced syntax error when editing your theme, then this enhancement will automatically fix many common mistakes that cause such errors.
If you don’t want to use the syntax highlighting feature, then you can still easily disable it. Simply go to your profile page and uncheck the syntax highlighting option.
One of the big usability issues beginners faced was directly making changes from WordPress built-in editor without fully understanding the consequences. A slightest mistake would lead to a syntax error and making their websites inaccessible.
However, many users access the editor not to make changes but to quickly look up code. Particularly when they are working on child themes. To help those users, the editor will now recursively show files and folder in the sidebar for easier browsing of all files in a theme folder.
Under The Hood Changes
Sorce : http://www.wpbeginner.com/news/whats-new-in-wordpress-4-9/