April is my favorite month for many reasons – nice weather (at least over here on the south-west corner of the USA), Easter candy, and more. But now there’s another reason to love April – a brand new WordPress release. Powell just dropped and is available for download, so let’s take a look at what you can expect!
WordPress 4.2 New Features
There are lots of fun updates in 4.2, but nothing too groundbreaking. So let’s dig in! Starting with the most important features (of course):
utf8mb4 Character Encoding
Need a way to express how you feel? Or show genuine emotion in a post? Well guess what, now you can use your favorite emojis in WordPress! Of course there are more practical uses for the encoding update, such a native support for Han character languages like Japanese, Chinese and Korean as well as fancy characters you might use for complicated mathematics, composing music or transcribing hieroglyphs (but let’s be honest – you’re most excited about the emojis aren’t you?).
In case you don’t already know, Press This is WordPress’ own creation that allows you to create posts on the fly by quoting text, images, and videos from anywhere on the web. Just add the bookmarklet to your desktop or mobile browser. Oh, but a note for all the Firefox users out there – make sure to checkout the Press This page in the codex to get the bookmarklet working in your browser, since it doesn’t play nice with some of Firefox’s security add-ons.
The WordPress Theme Customizer has made it easier than ever for users to tweak the look of their site, and now the Customizer has been expanded to include theme selection. For many users this will make it faster to view a new theme before committing to it. Plus it’s nice to have the bulk of your site options all in one place (especially for newbies).
Improved Plugin Updates
Updates usually don’t take that much time, but for those of you wanting to make every. second. count. then you’ll appreciate the new plugin updates right from the plugins screen. No refreshing required.
WordPress has supported embeds for Twitter and YouTube for quite a while, but now you can add Tumblr posts and Kickstarter campaigns as well. Adding Kickstarter is a super idea in my opinion, since many small businesses are finding startup money through crowdfunding these days – and those same small businesses are probably using WordPress for their websites!
Other Fun Features
So what do you think of the new release? Are there any features you’re excited about – or maybe ones that you’re not? Let us know in the comments below!