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It’s that time again. Time to upgrade your website to the latest and greatest version of WordPress. Touting the codename “Billie” after the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, this new version of wordpress boasts over 100 new changes and improvements to make things easier on website owners and developers.
With over 100 new changes there is too much to cover in just one blog post, so we’re just going to focus on the top five things that you can expect to see in this new release. Let’s get things rolling!
In the past, whenever you wanted to add a site icon or favicon to your website, you would have to manually upload the file to your server via FTP (file transfer protocol) to a specific directory in order to get it to display correctly on your website.
As of WordPress 4.3 things are much easier. In this new version of WordPress, adding a favicon to your website couldn’t be easier. You’re given the option to add favicons directly from your WordPress admin area with just a couple clicks.
Stronger Passwords by Default
It use to be that when you add a new user to your website, their password would be emailed to them. With WordPress 4.3, things have changed, for the better too. Now when adding a new user to your website, instead of emailing them the passwords, WordPress now emails them a password reset link.
When clicked, this new password reset link will generate a very secure password that is long and random by default. This makes things way more secure than before for users. So while you can no long email passwords to users like it’s been done traditionally, WordPress does have a “show password” button which you can click to view the password during the add new user process. You could always just copy the password and send it to them this way if you wanted.
Comments Off on Pages by Default
This isn’t really a big change or feature, but it’s something that most WordPress owners typically have to go through and do themselves when setting up their WordPress install. Most bloggers don’t want to give users the ability to leave comments on actual pages they set up for their websites. This is usually something they want to limit to just blog posts.
With WordPress 4.3, comments on pages are automatically disabled by default, making it easier to focus on other aspects of setting up your websites. However if you do want to allow your viewers to leave comments on pages of your site, don’t worry you still can. It’s just a matter of manually switching them back on for pages that you want viewers to leave comments on.
Mobile Friendly List View
While this may not seem like a huge change or feature, if you’re working with WordPress on a mobile device like a phone or tablet, it can makes things much easier and pleasing on the eyes. With WordPress 4.3, they have introduced a mobile friendly version of the list view.
The new list view is designed with mobile in mind. It’s a much more user friendly approach to using WordPress on mobile. The entire backend admin area is now designed in a way that allows you to toggle areas and columns back and forth instead of being truncated like in past versions of WordPress. This makes working with WordPress on mobile much more enjoyable.
Customiser for Menus
We all fell in love with the new Customiser feature that was added in WordPress 3.4, which allows WordPress users to quickly and instantly customize the look and feel of their WordPress themes on the fly. With WordPress 4.3, they’ve added the ability to allow WordPress users to use the customiser on menus.
What does this mean? It means that just as you can customize themes, you can now do the same for all of your menus as well. All of the menu location items and menu options have been made available to use in the customiser without worrying about reloading the page.
You can now manage, update, and assign menus in realtime without a page refresh. This makes the workflow in WordPress much easier for some and just helps things flow better in general.
Like we said earlier, there are over 100 new changes and improvements in this new version of WordPress. While we certainly didn’t list them all, these are some of the more noteworthy and major improvements you can expect to see when upgrading to the newest version.
If you’re having trouble updating to the new version or would like to make sure the update is done right, don’t hesitate to get in contact with ChillyBin. We handle updates and maintenance of all our client’s websites to make sure things run smoothly and their sites work the way they’re suppose to. So what are you waiting for? Upgrade to WordPress 4.3 today!