Note: WordPress 4.6 is released now. Please check out what’s new in WordPress 4.6 here.
Merely 4 months ago, WordPress rolled out a nifty version (4.5) code-named “Coleman” packed with some interesting features which we showcased in the WordPress 4.5 blog post. And now it is all set to release the latest version (4.6) which is expected around August 16, 2016.
Let’s have a quick peek at the new features as we take WordPress 4.6 beta version 4 for a spin.
Note: These features were released in the beta version of WordPress 4.6 which also means some of the features might not make to the final release.
So What To Expect in WordPress 4.6?
Remember, we tested the features in the WordPress 4.6 beta version, although no new features will be added, we can’t say for sure if all the features of the beta version will make it into final release.
Improvements to the Editor in WordPress 4.6 beta
WordPress 4.6 brings its a game for improvements to the extensively used visual editor.
Highlighted Broken Links
When working with hyperlinks within posts it was a bit tricky to track if all the links were working properly. A noteworthy feature on WordPress 4.6 has to be the highlighting of broken links (as seen in the screenshot below).
Now you’ll never have broken links within your WordPress posts / pages as the visual editor will show a red dotted box around the broken links.
Better Autosave feature
It gets a little difficult to restore posts if you have disabled the Post Revisions feature (in case you are a user who has limited database space, or have created WordPress as a CMS where you don’t need the autosave feature).
With WordPress 4.6 you can restore posts from browser backups & autosave even if you have disabled Post Revisions for your site.
Native System Fonts in WordPress Admin Area
WordPress ended up relying on an external third party source when it started using the Open Sans font in the WordPress admin area in order to offer a consistent look across different devices & platforms. This affected speed as it caused increased page load times of a user’s admin area.
Now, WordPress 4.6 will revert back to using system fonts for the admin area. As a result the WordPress admin area will look different on different platforms for you. Remember, this change only affects the UI elements of WordPress admin area.
Here’s a list of system fonts which will be used in the WordPress admin area on different platforms & environments:
- Helvetica Neue on macOS prior to 10.11
- Apple-system for Safari and Firefox on macOS and iOS
- Segoe UI for Windows
- BlinkMacSystemFont for Google Chrome on macOS
- Oxygen-Sans for KDE
- Roboto for Android and Chrome OS
- Cantarell for GNOME
- Ubuntu for Ubuntu
- Sans-Serif, the standard fallback
Shiny Updates (No redirection to the progress screen)
Previously updating / installing a plugin or theme used to load up a progress screen which meant page load delay & distraction.
The shiny updates in WordPress 4.6 beta will now install & update themes and plugins directly without redirecting the users to a progress screen.
Under The Hood Improvements
Improvements to the WordPress core but intended mainly for developers.
Standardized Metadata Registration
register_met() function for the registration of meta keys. This function works like register_post_type() function. It allows plugins and theme developers to use a standardized way to work with meta data stored with posts, users, comments or terms object type. (#35658)
New WP_Term_Query Class
Similar to WP_Query, WP_User_Query and WP_Comment_Query classes, WP_Term_Query in WordPress 4.6 will provide a better structure for generating term queries. (#35381)
New WP_Post_Type Class
New WP_Post_Type class. It changes $wp_post_types to an array of WP_Post_Type objects. This provides methods to handle post type supports, rewrite rules, meta boxes, hooks, and taxonomies. (#36217)
WP_Site_Query and WP_Network_Query Classes
Excited about the new features? Or want to add a few new ones of your own? Leave us a comment below.