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WordPress 4.6 – Native & Shiny

2016-08-17
Technologies

WordPress is “evolving with every next update”, and v. 4.6 proves it by coming up with awesome improvements and bug fixes.

The clear and detailed description of the new features is something worth focusing on. More information about what, why and how has been improved is available on the official WordPress website.

New features are discussed in a simple and coherent way. Just a quick preview is enough to understand that many interesting things are now improved and others – fixed.

WordPress 4.6 is named Native & Shiny because it perfectly suits the new version and these two features simply cannot stay unnoticed.

See what’s new in 4.6.

Shiny Updates

One of the Shiny Updates plugin features was added earlier in WordPress 4.2 and enables users to update and install plugins and themes without being redirected to the progress screen.
In 4.6 Shiny Updates is updated to version 2. This improvement brings more options and enhances experience when installing, updating, and deleting plugins or themes.

Installing and activating pluginFor these actions now Ajax is used so the progress screen is hidden at the background. Thus users do not see an additional page containing technical information and confirmation of the running processes (The Bleak Screen of Sadness).

Ajax will be also used for the search feature as well as on the theme and plugin pages. Results will be displayed while users are still typing into the search box.

This Shiny Updates improvement enhances user experience by simplifying the installation procedure, updating and removing plugins or themes in WordPress.

Native System Fonts in the Admin Panel

Until now the Open Sans font was used to visualize text in the WordPress admin panel, but in 4.6 it is replaced with the OS system font.

Open Sans was introduced in v. 3.8 back in 2013. The font is usually downloaded and loaded from Google Fonts.

So for WordPress that is an external resource that should be loaded each time you access a page from the admin panel. Removing this non-native resource does not only offer а more consistent look across devices, but also increases page loading times.

WordPress 4.6 native fonts UbuntuSystem fonts are stored on the device from which the WordPress panel is accessed. They are immediately loaded as this does not depend on internet connectivity or other server conditions, influencing external resources download.

Here is a preview of the changes in CCS:

The difference between Open Sans and your device system font can be viewed on these test pages: System Fonts are the Best Fonts and System Fonts are the Best Fonts – New Examples from Dashboard.

Here is also a printscreen of the admin panel loaded on different devices: Font Natively Screenshots

Editor Improvements

Links checkThere is a new editor feature that highlights broken links. The editor simply tracks whether the URL is valid.

There are also improvements in the autosave and restore feature of the revisions.

One of the fixes affects restoring posts (Restore This Autosave), even when revisions are disabled. Revisions (content versions) can be disabled by adding “define(‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, false );” to the wp-config.php file.

The external TinyMCE 4.4.0 library is also updated.

There is more:

Twemoji update⭐ Supporting Twemoji in WordPress is updated as all new Unicode v.9 emojis are also included. For emojis to load properly the twemoji.js file is also updated.

⭐ WordPress core has a new PHP Request library (Request) that supports concurrent HTTP requests. This enables WordPress to perform several HTTP requests simultaneously.

⭐ Many external libraries have been updated as well: Masonry 3.3.2, imagesLoaded to 3.2.0, MediaElement.js 2.22.0.

⭐ You can read more about WordPress 4.6 improvements and bigfuxes also in the following articles:  Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3 and Beta 4.

Note:
We highly recommend that you make a full website backup. before updating to 4.6. In case you forgot to do this, you can easily restore your website from WordPress Manager by SuperHosting in cPanel.

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