With the beta release of WordPress 4.9, it’s the good time to have a sneak peek on the latest features and probable changes in coming WordPress update. Though the main attractions are Drafting and Scheduling changes in customizer, it is going to offer many new and improved features.
WordPress 4.9 is scheduled to be released on November 14, this year. Though a beta version is released to give an overview of all the upcoming features in the final edition. We try WordPress 4.9 beta to see what all the changes and new things they are going to offer. Though some of the features may not make their way to final release as this is only for testing purposes. Here at Templatetoaster WordPress theme builder, Let us dive into seeing what all they will offer. Check out our free WordPress themes.
What’s new in WordPress 4.9! Features & Improvements
In WordPress 4.9.7, plugins uploaded via the admin area are not verified as being ZIP files. This allows for PHP files to be uploaded. Once a PHP file is uploaded, the plugin extraction fails, but the PHP file remains in a predictable wp-content/uploads location, allowing for an attacker to then execute the file. This tutorial was developed with WordPress version 4.9.5 and PHP 7.0. Note For current information about the compatibility of PHP releases with WordPress versions, see PHP Compatibility and WordPress Versions on the WordPress website. WordPress 4.9 will allow the users to save the changes made in customizer as a draft. It will provide the facility to toggle between Save and Publish. If you don’t want to publish your changes and just want to save, you have the option to store the changes as Save Draft. Later on, you can Publish whenever you want.
Here, you will get a list of main features that are promised to show up in the final release. It will give you a good idea about what all new features are coming and how they will help you out. These are as follows
1. Draft and Schedule the Changes in Customizer
WordPress 4.9 will allow the users to save the changes made in customizer as a draft. It will provide the facility to toggle between Save and Publish. If you don’t want to publish your changes and just want to save, you have the option to store the changes as Save Draft. Later on, you can Publish whenever you want.
Even, it facilitates you to apply the changes made at a special specified time. You will have an option to Schedule your draft to run on a particular date and time.
In addition, it gives you a Share Preview Link option. With this, you can send a URL of the particular Saved Draft. They will be able to see the changes you made to draft. It’s great !!
2. New Gallery Widget
The media widget and image widget already came into being. So, the WordPress 4.9 is offering a Gallery Widget. It will allow to create a native gallery and use it on any widget area. You will have the options of Edit Gallery, Add Images, and Delete.
3. Media Embedding in Text Widget
You have to write the HTML code to add media in a text widget till now. But, WordPress 4.9 eliminates this problem. It will give an Add Media button on top of the text widget. So, you can add images, audios, and videos easily.
4. Better Flow for Creating Menus
In WordPress 4.8, users usually face a common problem while creating a menu. When they forget to specify a menu location after selecting Add a Menu, they were surprised when it is not showing up on site.
To solve this problem, in WordPress 4.9 when you choose to Create New Menu; it prompts for name and menu locations at the same place. But this screen will show up when you create a new menu only.
Next, you will be prompted to add pages to your new menu. You can also still change your menu location.
When you return to Menus after you have at least one menu, you’ll see Menu Locations as well. So, it’s a worthy addition to address the common problem faced by many of the users.
5. Better Code Editing
WordPress 4.9 will give you an improved code editing experience. You will get better editing options in theme/plugin editor or CSS editor. Like syntax highlighting, code suggestions, and auto-completion. It will automatically fix common syntax mistakes. You have the option to enable/disable the syntax highlighting.
6. New Global Notification Area
WordPress doesn’t generate success or failure messages if a save is committed or not. Only an indication can be made by disabling of Save and Publish buttons. There is no proper location for such notifications. Now, in WordPress 4.9 these messages are going to be displayed in Global Notification Area under Save and Publish buttons.
More Features under the HUD
Till now, you have seen some main features that are of concern for both WordPress users and developers. But there is a long list of changes for those who have a good knowledge of WordPress and needs it for to develop.
- A new theme browsing experience in the WordPress Customizer.
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In WordPress 4.8 customizer, you can only see the installed themes as shown below
But in WordPress 4.9 customizer, you can also browse new themes along with viewing the installed ones. There is an option WordPress.org Themes to see extra themes as shown below
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- A better indication of saving widgets on the Admin Screen.
WordPress 4.9 offers the more clear indications to save the changes you made recently in the widgets. There is an option “Saved” in disabled form and it is converted into the clickable state as “Save” as soon as you make some new changes.
- Improved security when the user opts to change the Email Id.
In WordPress 4.9, they added a better security feature when some user tries to change the email address. Now, when a user changes an email id, a confirmation link is sent to the concerned mail. And only after clicking this link, the new id is assigned to the user.
If you want to know about more features and other details, you can visit WordPress official announcement here.
Over to you!
This was all about WordPress 4.9 Beta 1 so that you will have an idea about what features you are probably going to see in the final release. That being said, we are up and running with this new release and are excited to update in TemplateToasterwebsite maker and WordPress website builder software as soon as it is released. Hopefully, you like this post. Do you think we missed something? Feel free to discuss in the comments below!
This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on December 5, 2018 by Mark Maunder50 Replies
WordPress 5.0 is being released tomorrow, December 6th. This release contains a major change to the WordPress editor. The new editor, code-named Gutenberg, is a substantial leap forward in functionality. It uses a new block-based system for editing which allows you to embed a wide range of content in your posts and pages, and gives you a lot of flexibility in laying out those blocks on the page.
Once Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0 have stabilized, they will provide long term benefits to WordPress users and the community. But in the short term, this change may introduce challenges for some WordPress site owners. In this post we will discuss a few points that will help you decide when to upgrade to WordPress 5.0, and to formulate a successful strategy for making the transition.
Why is WordPress changing the editor?
The WordPress core development team has been talking about Gutenberg for quite some time. The goal, according to Matt Mullenweg, is “to simplify the first-time user experience with WordPress — for those who are writing, editing, publishing, and designing web pages. The editing experience is intended to give users a better visual representation of what their post or page will look like when they hit publish.”
Overall, we agree that Gutenberg will be a giant leap forward in using WordPress to create content online. But, as Matt stated, the goal is to simplify the experience for the first-time user. For the rest of us who have assembled a number of tools to fill the gaps in the older editor’s shortcomings, this will be a period of adjustment.
Potential Problems With Legacy Plugins and Themes
WordPress has been around for over 15 years, and in that time millions of websites have been created using the current editing framework. Often, sites are created and never updated to more modern themes. There are a large number of abandoned plugins installed on WordPress sites – plugins that are no longer being actively maintained by their developers. No one is testing these abandoned plugins or older themes to see how they will behave with Gutenberg.
Adding to the complexity, many of these sites may be hosted on managed WordPress hosting services that will auto-update to the new WordPress version.
Some WordPress site owners may be unable to effectively edit pages they had previously published. Some may be unable to access their edit screen. There may be server 500 errors or white screens for some users. Or everything may run smoothly, even with legacy plugins and a legacy theme.
With over 60,000 unique plugins in the WordPress plugin directory, it is not feasible to test all of the plugins with the new editor. Actively maintained plugins are, for the most part, being tested by the plugin authors. Abandoned plugins will not have been tested, so it is up to you to test whether WordPress 5.0 will work with these plugins.
The same applies to themes. Many themes are actively maintained by their authors. In other cases, a theme may have been created as a single project for a customer or created for the community and then left unmaintained. These unmaintained themes have not been tested with Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0.
If you do anticipate compatibility problems with WordPress 5.0, you can keep the current WordPress editor by installing the WordPress Classic Editor Plugin. We recommend you do this ahead of time, rather than try to use the new editor with incompatible code. But it’s also worth pointing out that Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0 are a significant step forward in editing power and flexibility. So it is worth investing the time to make your site compatible, modifying it if needed, and then reaping the benefits of a brand new block-based editor.
Will Wordfence work with Gutenberg?
Yes. Wordfence does not interact with the editor, so it will not be impacted by Gutenberg. Our QA team has thoroughly verified that Wordfence is ready for Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0.
Because you do have Wordfence installed, you will receive a notification that WordPress is out of date and requires an update. Please keep in mind that this is no ordinary update. This is a major change to your content management system, and we recommend that if you’re not ready for the new editor, wait to update WordPress. Yes, you will receive security warnings from Wordfence because the basic premise has always been to keep open source software updated. If you are not entirely ready for WordPress 5.0, however, there is no harm in staying on the current version while you get ready.
The current version of WordPress core is 4.9.8. If you remain on this version, you will continue to receive security updates from the WordPress core team. The current policy of the WordPress security team is to back-port security fixes to all auto-update compatible WordPress core versions. That means that all versions of WordPress core will continue to receive security updates all the way back to WordPress 3.7. This is not an open-ended policy and may change in the future.
How do I know if I am ready?
Do you have a testing environment for your website? Have you tried the new Gutenberg editor? Are you using a modern version of PHP? Great, you’ll likely be prepared for WordPress version 5.0. As with all major releases, we recommend updating your test environment first to look for problems.
Look for anomalies with all of your page layouts. It also makes sense to go back in time on your test environment and review older posts and pages to ensure they’re ready for the new editor.
As always back up both your site files and your database prior to any update, especially an update of this magnitude.
If your hosting provider auto-updates
If you’re on managed WordPress hosting, your hosting provider will automatically update WordPress for you. Your managed WordPress provider should be taking backups for you. Check with your hosting provider to see what support they will provide for the new WordPress editor and when they will be updating to WordPress 5.0. Some hosting providers, like Page.ly, are waiting until January of next year to do the update.
If you’re using a page builder or premium theme
If your site uses a page builder like Visual Composer, Divi, Beaver Builder or any other tool that uses shortcodes, check with the developer to ensure that your tool is ready for Gutenberg. Many page builders come bundled with premium themes. You may need to check with your theme developer to ensure that you have the updated versions installed on your sites.
What are the security implications of Gutenberg?
We are not currently aware of any security issues with WordPress 5.0 or Gutenberg. The project is being moved into production at a rapid pace which increases the risk of a security issue emerging, because this reduces the amount of time available for testing and debugging.
At this phase in the evolution of WordPress, there are a large number of security teams globally that have eyes on the code and are actively conducting research to determine if there are vulnerabilities in new WordPress releases. As soon as an issue emerges, our team will react and release a firewall rule in real-time to protect our Premium Wordfence customers.
Once WordPress 5.0 is released, there will likely be a series of smaller releases that will emerge over the following weeks. We recommend that you monitor the official WordPress blog and if they announce a security update, upgrade as soon as possible.
Overall This is Good News
As mentioned above, Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0 are a major leap forward in the evolution of WordPress. Rapid innovation does not come without risk or inconvenience to a such a large user base. Our team is excited to embrace the new WordPress and to use it ourselves. By following our recommendations above, you can reduce the risk of this transition and migrate smoothly into 2019 with a powerful new editor for WordPress.