WordPress 4.6 was released on august 16, as usual named after a jazz musician. This time the release is named “Pepper” to honor saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III. We are not familiar with his music, but his name is enough to be cool.
Version 4.6 has a number of usability improvements. It is now possible to install, update and delete plugins and themes without leaving the page.
WordPress introduces the most important improvements in the video below.
WordPress has also improved the font-stack in the back-end. It is now using device native fonts where they formerly used Open Sans. This should improve load times and make the back-end more consistent with the overall device experience.
Two improvements were made to the editor. First, WordPress now checks the links you are creating. When a link is dead, it will be marked in red. Second, the autosave function is improved. WordPress will give you a warning when the content saved in your browser deviates from the content saved in WordPress itself. Important for users with connection problems.
Last but not least, it is now possible to use the latest emoji from the Unicode emoji set 9.0.
Under the hood
Most of the improvements are not immediately visible for users.
With speed being more and more important, WordPress has implemented ‘Resource Hints‘. These Resource Hints automatically gives the browser directions on which CSS and scripts to pre-load. It is possible to add your own assets through an API.
For developers working on multisite projects, WordPress has introduced improvements in queries, actions and filters. Multisite should be performing better with this. Please read the blog on ‘Make WordPress Core’ for more information.
WordPress will now automatically download the latest language packs for plugins and themes .
There is lots more, please read the codex page on 4.6 for a full overview.
WordPress 4.6 at Savvii
Of course you can update your websites from now on. It is a good idea to create a snapshot backup first. After updating, make sure to test your conversion points (order process, contact forms, etc.).
We will update WordPress core in about two weeks, but only for our customers with auto-updates for core enabled. This gives plugin and theme developers the time to resolve any issues with a new core version. Please follow our twitter account for the specific timeframe.