WordPress 4.6 Pepper Released

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    WordPress 4.6 Pepper

    WordPress 4.6 Pepper was released yesterday, and you should already consider upgrading. It adds some very nice features. Some of the new features you will notice and love right off the bat. Let’s take a look at some of the new features.

    Instant Updates and Installs

    You are going to love this feature. WordPress 4.6 allows you to install and update plugins without leaving the page. You can do this for installs and updates.

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    Improved Editor

    The editor receives a welcome improvement. In WordPress 4.6, the link checker will automatically check for bad links. If a link is bad it will be stay highlighted in your editor similar to a misspelled word. This will help you out if you accidentally make a typo when linking to an external site. Not a huge fix, but something that is nice for sure.

    Improved Auto saves and Drafts

    Auto saves and drafts are much improved over previous versions of WordPress. The save more often then previous version and the quirky auto save issues on websites that use caching have been fixed. Drafts are saved every minute or sometimes even less. I keep looking down and noticing the saving as I am typing this article.


    New look on the Import Screen

    The import screen received a nice face lift. It looks much nicer and is easy to navigate.

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    Under the hood

    List from WordPress.org. Click here for a full breakdown of all new features.

    Resource Hints

    Resource hints help browsers decide which resources to fetch and preprocess. WordPress 4.6 adds them automatically for your styles and scripts making your site even faster.

    Robust Requests

    The HTTP API now leverages the Requests library, improving HTTP standard support and adding case-insensitive headers, parallel HTTP requests, and support for Internationalized Domain Names.

    WP_Term_Query and WP_Post_Type

    A new WP_Term_Query class adds flexibility to query term information while a newWP_Post_Type object makes interacting with post types more predictable.

    Meta Registration API

    The Meta Registration API has been expanded to support types, descriptions, and REST API visibility.

    Translations On Demand

    WordPress will install and use the newest language packs for your plugins and themes as soon as they’re available from WordPress.org’s community of translators.

    JavaScript Library Updates

    Masonry 3.3.2, imagesLoaded 3.2.0, MediaElement.js 2.22.0, TinyMCE 4.4.1, and Backbone.js 1.3.3 are bundled.

    Customizer APIs for Setting Validation and Notifications

    Settings now have an API for enforcing validation constraints. Likewise, customizer controls now support notifications, which are used to display validation errors instead of failing silently.

    Multisite, now faster than ever

    Cached and comprehensive site queries improve your network admin experience. The addition of WP_Site_Query and WP_Network_Query help craft advanced queries with less effort.

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