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What’s New in WordPress 3.9 “Smith”? A Lot!

What’s New in WordPress 3.9 “Smith”? A Lot!
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WordPress is one of the most popular blogging software used by most leading websites and blogs to update and manage the content systematically and very easily. There has been many tutorials and learning videos to help you set up a website on your own, also there are many servers and hosting platforms that offer pre-installed WordPress software to help you deal with. Just like any other software programs, WordPress also comes up with improvised versions and several new features to add to the basket and bug fixes is just so obvious. A lot of hype has been created in the market for the official release of the latest version of WordPress and now the wait is over, WordPress 3.9 “Smith” is available after WordPress 3.8 in a gap of Four months only. If you have a website/blog running on WordPress, version update is highly recommended as we all have been waiting for the refinements in this blog management tool.

We found a few significant changes, take a tour:

1. New Image-related Features in the Bag

– Improved Visual Editing
There is an updated visual editor with improved speed, accessibility, mobile support and with which one can paste the whole block of the Microsoft word text directly and the editor automatically removes all the special formatting.
– Drag & Drop
Another amazing feature that has come up in the basket of surprises is Drag and Drop, one can easily drag an image from the other window to the visual editor in WordPress. An automatic upload will save a lot of time and make the process simpler.
– Easy Image Editing
Image editing can be done from the visual editor itself, one would not require to leave the page and make necessary changes in some other dedicated image editor.
– Live Preview of Photo Galleries

Previously there was no option to preview the gallery, one had to open the whole post to check out the images. Now, in 3.9 version one can get a preview of the gallery right from the visual editor and this gives exactly the same look as the live site.

2. Live Widget and Header Previews

Saving changes in the theme with a live preview is one of the biggest new feature which would be of great help while customization. One can view the changes live through the admin dashboard without testing it on the live site.

Most of us are really scared while making changes to assets like header banner, widgets and other sidebar customization on the fly, but now with WordPress 3.9 one can edit and make changes with the help of live preview without breaking the website.

3. Live Theme Previews

We all want to check out the look and feel of the website/blog on different themes, now that can be done easily. You can make sure that the content and other assets falls at the right place, before making the theme live. The themes page in the admin dashboard allows you to take a live preview of the themes and from there one can do the customization directly in the preview mode.

4. Video/Audio Uploader

There is a new editor window that appears while editing a post/page. It enables you to create audio/video playlists, add video details, replace video, select poster image and add subtitles. These playlists will work as a shortcode just like image galleries. Showcasing your music and clips is easy now.

With these amazing features, WordPress 3.9 seem to be one of the best update till date.

Varun Bhagat is a technology geek and works in PixelCrayons as a Sr. Technology Consultant. He possesses in-depth knowledge of different web development technology and helps our clients to choose the best technology as per their needs.

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