WordPress 4.8 features and screenshots

WordPress 4.8 Features and Screenshots

With the WordPress 4.8 update to be released on June 8, 2017, people are excited to know what new features the latest version of WordPress will bring.

In this article, we’ll show you WordPress 4.8 features and screenshots.



WordPress 4.8 Features and screenshots

Matt (Mullenweg), who will be leading core development this year, confirmed in his quarterly update that image widget will be considered for WordPress 4.8. You can expect the following as well: The TinyMCE inline element/link boundaries, new media widgets, WYSIWYG in the text widget.

Listed below are the features and screenshots of version 4.8. Go through them let us know what you think about it.

Note: We’ll be showing you WordPress 4.8 features via the beta version. The official beta was released on 12th May. What this means is that there will be no new features added until the release of WordPress version 4.8. Though, some of the features of the beta version may not make it to the final release.

Widget Area

There is a noticeable change to the widget area of WordPress 4.8 as compared to 4.7.  Few new features have been added.

WordPress 4.7 Widget Area

4.7 widget area


WordPress 4.8 Widget Area

4.8 widget area

Image widget

With the current versions of WordPress, to display and image you have to either use a plugin or write HTML. WordPress 4.8 introduces a whole new image widget, wherein you can directly add images in the sidebar. You can also select an image from the WordPress media library.

image widget

Click on select image, the WordPress media uploader popup will open where users can upload or select images.

select image

Video widget

WordPress 4.8 also features the new video widget. It is similar to the image widget wherein you can upload video to the sidebar without the use of an external plugin. You can also display video from Vimeo, YouTube, or any other oEmbed provider.

video widget

Though it is recommended that you should not upload videos to your WordPress website as it will slow down your website to a great extent. You can instead use video hosting providers such as YouTube or Vimeo. Just click on ‘Select Video’ button in the widget, and then click on ‘Insert from URL’ link.

Visual Editor in Text widget

The existing version of WordPress (4.7) has a plain text widget. It has a simple text box where you can add text HTML code. WordPress 4.8 will have a visual editor in addition to the text box, similar to the one in the post edit screen.

text widget

News and Events Dashboard Widget

One of the WordPress 4.8 features is a brand new WordPress Events and News dashboard widget. This new widget will tell you about WordPress events near your location along with the news. The older WordPress version shows only WordPress news.

Developer specific WordPress 4.8 features

These features are related to WordPress core and shall interest WordPress developers. Developer specific WordPress 4.8 features are:

  • Proportionally sized customizer pane on larger screens.
  • function_get_term_parents_list() will be introduced as taxonomy-agnostic version of get_category_parents()
  • Edit user screen will prominently display user’s name.
  • New filters:
    • nav_menu_submenu_css_class : filters the classes of submenu items of a WordPress navigation menu.
    • page_menu_link_attributes : filters the HTML attributes applied to a WordPress page menu item’s anchor element.
  • WordPress 4.8 now supports a oEmbed proxy API request.

Now you have an idea about WordPress 4.8 features and what’s in store for you. The latest version looks promising and brings many features with it. Hope you liked our article about WordPress 4.8 features. With the release date coming closer, are you excited about the upcoming version? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.

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