If you recently updated your WordPress site to WordPress 4.1 (and you should if you haven’t yet), there are some improvements that you might not be aware of.
WordPress 4.1 Introducing Twenty Fifteen
The new default theme for 2015 is a clean, blog-focused theme designed to be readable on a wide variety of screens and suits multiple languages. Twenty Fifteen is available in over 30 languages, and makes use of Google’s Noto font family to help support these languages.
Distraction Free Writing
Distraction free writing mode received an upgrade as well.
Prior versions of WordPress took you to a blank looking writing page with a few formatting options at the top of the screen. It made it somewhat cumbersome to exit out of if you wanted to return to the Dashboard or another area of your WordPress site.
In WordPress 4.1, the distraction free writing mode keeps the same writing box as you would use in the regular writing mode, but it removes all the clutter from the screen like the Admin bar, the left menu and all the meta boxes in the writing screen. If you need to get to any of those menus, just move your mouse over to where they normally are, and they will pop back in view. Move your mouse back to the writing box, and they fade away.
The plugin installer will suggest plugins for you to try out based on the plugins that you and other users have installed. I would imagine that these recommendations will change over time as new plugins are developed and new recommendations can be made, so it might be a good idea to check this page out every once in a while.
Find your site’s plugin recommendations by navigating to Plugins > Add New > Recommended tab.
New to WordPress 4.1 is the ability to embed videos from Vine. While embeds have been around since WordPress 2.9, Vine is a newcomer to the list of sites your site can easily embed from.
Unfamiliar with embeds?
It’s really easy. To make a video or other object embed into a post or page, simply copy the URL to that object into the content area. Just make sure the URL is on it’s own line and is not “clickable”. WordPress will automatically turn the URL into an embedded object and provide a live preview in the Visual editor. Check out the review of WordPress 4.0 for more information on embedding videos.
There are more than just videos that can be embedded into your WordPress site, see the full list for more info on all the types of objects you can embed.
WordPress 4.1 is translated into 44 languages with more to come. If you ever want to switch to another language, navigate to Settings > General. At the bottom, you can choose another language from the list of available languages.
If you are a WordPress developer, you might want to check out the code reference with details on WordPress functions, classes, methods, and hooks available.