WordPress 4.1 Dinah is here

After nearly four months of development, WordPress 4.1 Dinah in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington, is available for download. Led by John Blackbourn, 4.1 contains several improvements such as a new default theme, an improved distraction free writing experience, and plugin recommendations.

TwentyFifteen – new default theme in WordPress 4.1 Dinah

TwentyFifteen - default theme in WordPress 4.1 Dinah. A-support.dk
Twenty Fifteen is a two-column theme with a focus on content.

In sharp contrast to Twenty Fourteen, Twenty Fifteen is light in color with a left hand sidebar and content in the right column.

It’s designed with a mobile first approach and looks great on various screen sizes. Twenty Fifteen looks best when using large, featured images. It also ships with five different color schemes, ranging from dark to pink that are accessible from within the theme customizer.

Plugin recommendations

Recommended Plugins Tab. A-support.dkRecommended Plugins Tab

When you browse to the Add New plugins screen, you’ll see a new Recommended tab.

Recommendations are based on data from thousands of WordPress sites about plugins that are commonly used together. It’s similar to an online store’s “people who bought this also bought this” feature. Because of the strict data set used, plugins that are 3-4 years old or older won’t be recommended.

DistractionFreeWriting41Distraction Free Writing in WordPress 4.1 Dinah

When you enable Distraction Free Writing mode, the surrounding interface disappears as you type leaving important actions and menu items just a mouse movement away.

This mode minimizes distractions without having to go through a clunky transition to access the admin menu or meta boxes. To bring back the menu and meta boxes, move the mouse cursor to the left or right of the editor.

WordPressSessionUIWordPress Session UI
WordPress 4.1 includes a new Session UI. The UI shows up on the profile page when WordPress detects more than one active session. When pressed, the button logs out of every session except for the active one. This is useful for those times when users might have forgotten to log off from a laptop, phone, or public computer.


Inline Image Editing in WordPress 4.1 Dinah. A-support.dkInline Image Editing Tools
When editing an image using the Visual editor, a set of inline editing tools appear above the image. These tools provide a quick and easy way to align an image or access additional editing options.


Oembed support added for Vine

WordPress 4.1 has oEmbed support for Vine which hosts short videos that continuously loop. Sharing a Vine is now as easy as copying and pasting the URL into the Visual editor.

Site Language WordPress 4.1 Dinah. A-support.dkSite Language Picker in WordPress 4.1
You can now choose a language for your site at any time by visiting the General Settings screen. Choosing a different language installs the required language pack.


Developer news

Metadata, date, and term queries now support advanced conditional logic, like nested clauses and multiple operators. There are a couple of new Template tags and a major improvement with Title Tags in 4.1. There have also been several improvements to the Customizer API, including contextual panels, sections, and JavaScript templates for controls.

Conclusion
WordPress 4.1 Dinah is the product of dedicated developers and 283 contributors. The ability to choose a language without having to touch a line of code is a great improvement. The default theme is refreshing compared to Twenty Fourteen and users have an entire year to manipulate the design. While some users will see the new Distraction Free Writing mode as a distraction, others will enjoy its convenience.

WordPress 3.9 Smith is available

The people from WordPress.org maintain that high frequency of releasing new versions of their WordPress CMS. A few days ago the final version of the new WordPress 3.9 Smith was released.

WordPress 3.9 Smith presents a number of improvements and exciting news

WordPress 3.9 Smith - A-support.dkImproved visual editing. 

The updated visual editor has improved speed, accessibility, and mobile support. You can paste into the visual editor from your word processor without wasting time to clean up messy styling. (Yeah, we’re talking about you, Microsoft Word.)

Improved media management in all layers of the WordPress CMS and for all types of media, video, images, audio, etc.

 

  • WordPress’ own gallery function hass (finally!) been greatly improved.
  • Both video and audio can be inserted with associated playlists.
  • Live previews of widgets in the control panel.
  • Responsive web design for both front- and backend.

The above bullets are only the most conspicuous news in WordPress 3.9 – there is also a number of “minor” news along with all the news “under the hood” of WordPress.

WordPress 3.8 Parker

The first beta version of WordPress 3.8 Parker is now available and WordPress.org has also released a RC1 and RC2 version of WordPress 3.8, which you can download.

9bureau tested WordPress 3.8 RC1. The process is not entirely without problems.

We ran into several fatal errors in the course of our RC1 test, which obviously need to be corrected before WordPress 3.8 will appear as “rock solid” and stable as we are used to with WordPress.

We do NOT recommend that you use WordPress 3.8 RC1 for any other purpose than a test.

Despite the problems with RC1 of WordPress 3.8, version 3.8 promisese to be one of the most exciting versions of WordPress ever.

WordPress.org has set December 12, 2013 as the release date. Read more here.
So, here it is: WordPress 3.8 Parker

WordPress 3.8 Parker offers a variety of new features that have been developed as plugins.

Among the new features in this release are:

A brand new control panel / admin with responsive web design
New color scheme on the user profile page has also been spruced up.
WordPress default theme has been updated with a new layout and responsive web design.
Selection of topics under Appearance is completely redesigned.

New Twenty Fourteen standard theme with responsive web design

WordPress 3.8 – Parker. 9bureau tested WordPress 3.8

The most interesting news in WordPress 3.8 Parker is the built-in default theme; Twenty Fourteen.

Twenty Fourteen theme designed by Takashie Irie and builds on a previous commercial theme from the same hand.

The theme is responsive and suitable for many different types of websites.

See the video presentation on WordPress 3.8 – Parker


Source: wordpress.org

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