WPBeginner » News http://www.wpbeginner.com Beginner's Guide for WordPress Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:07:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 What’s New in WordPress 4.1 http://www.wpbeginner.com/news/whats-new-in-wordpress-4-1/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/news/whats-new-in-wordpress-4-1/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:57:40 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=24823 WordPress 4.1 was released today with many new features and improvements. This release will be the last WordPress release for the 2014, and it comes with a shiny new default theme for 2015. In this article, we will show you what’s new in WordPress 4.1… Read More »

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WordPress 4.1 was released today with many new features and improvements. This release will be the last WordPress release for the 2014, and it comes with a shiny new default theme for 2015. In this article, we will show you what’s new in WordPress 4.1 and which features you should try after updating your sites.

Please note that WordPress 4.1 is a major release, so it will not get automatically updated. You will have to initiate the update. Don’t forget to backup your site before update.

Twenty Fifteen – The New Default Theme

WordPress 4.1 comes with a new beautiful default theme called Twenty Fifteen. It is an elegant, clean, but very customizable blogging theme. It was designed with a mobile first approach and it looks great on all devices. Twenty Fifteen also comes with improved support for internationalization by using Google’s Noto Font Family. The Noto font family project aims to support all unicode supported languages and scripts.

Twenty Fifteen the new default theme in WordPress 4.1

Twenty Fifteen is designed to maximize the usage of tools available in the Customizer. Users would be able to fully customize the appearance of their theme from the Customizer. Twenty Fifteen also comes with 6 color schemes to choose from.

Customizing Twenty Fifteen Theme

Revamped and Rejuvenated Distraction Free Mode

WordPress 4.1 comes with a totally revamped distraction free writing mode. Simply click on the distraction free editor button to launch and just as soon as you start writing, all the distractions on the screen will fade away.

Launching distraction free mode in WordPress

The concept behind the new distraction free writing mode is that the distractions on the post editor screens are actually very useful tools that users need while writing posts. The previous version took those tools away and in order to access those tools user had to switch back and forth.

The new distraction free editor simply fades away the meta boxes from the post edit screen, all the meta boxes fade back in as soon you move the mouse or move out of the post editor.

New distraction free writing mode

Inline Image Editing Toolbar

Many WordPress beginners have trouble understanding how to align images inside the post editor. WordPress 4.1 comes with a new inline image editing tool bar that allows users to easily align images without opening them in media editor.

Inline image toolbar

Install Language Pack and Switch Language from Admin Area

If you didn’t choose the language during installation, WordPress 4.1 allows you to change the language from the Settings » General screen. Simply select your language from the drop down menu and WordPress will install the language pack for you.

Switching WordPress to your language

Plugin Recommendations

Since 4.1, WordPress will try to recommend you plugins to try. Recommendations are based on what other plugins you have installed and what others are using. You can see the suggestions on Plugins » Add New screen by clicking on the Recommended tab.

Plugin Recommendations

Improvements for Developers

WordPress 4.1 comes with some very exciting developments aiming the developers.

Complex queries – Theme and plugin developers can now use advanced conditional logic, nested clues, and multiple operators in their meta, date, and term queries.

Title Tag – WordPress will now allow theme developers to control document title and not clash with WordPress generated title tags.

Customizer API – WordPress customizer API is aiming to build a complete JavaScript API for customizer. There are lots of improvements for contextual panels, controls and sections.

There are many more under the hood bug fixes and improvements. You can take a look at the full list of changes here.

We hope this article you an overview of what’s new in WordPress 4.1. We are particularly excited about playing with the new default theme and the customizer API. Let us know which features you liked the most?

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Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2014 WordPress Deals – Big Savings http://www.wpbeginner.com/news/black-friday-cyber-monday-2014-wordpress-deals-big-savings/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/news/black-friday-cyber-monday-2014-wordpress-deals-big-savings/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=24466 It’s time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals again. Many of our favorite WordPress products and services are offering amazing discounts this year. To help you find those deals, we have hand-picked some of the best WordPress Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for… Read More »

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It’s time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals again. Many of our favorite WordPress products and services are offering amazing discounts this year. To help you find those deals, we have hand-picked some of the best WordPress Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for 2014.

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That’s all for now. We will be adding more deals and updating this page throughout the week. Hopefully, you can take advantage of some of these limited time deals. Have a happy thanksgiving.

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What’s Coming in WordPress 4.1 (Features and Screenshots) http://www.wpbeginner.com/news/whats-coming-in-wordpress-4-1-features-and-screenshots/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/news/whats-coming-in-wordpress-4-1-features-and-screenshots/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:03:38 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=24286 Nearly two months ago WordPress 4.0 was released. It came with tons of new improvements like an enhanced post editor, improved internationalization support, embed previews, etc. WordPress 4.1 is expected to be released in the second week of December, 2014. It is coming with lots… Read More »

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Nearly two months ago WordPress 4.0 was released. It came with tons of new improvements like an enhanced post editor, improved internationalization support, embed previews, etc. WordPress 4.1 is expected to be released in the second week of December, 2014. It is coming with lots of changes and a new default theme. In this article, we will show you what’s coming in WordPress 4.1 with features and screenshots.

You can test the beta version on your computer or in a staging environment by using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin.

Focus – The New Distraction Free Writing Mode

WordPress 4.1 will arrive with a new and improved distraction free writing mode. Many beginners usually don’t know about the distraction free editor, and those who know about it don’t find it very helpful. The new distraction free writing mode makes it much simpler to switch back and forth between normal writing mode and distraction free editor.

Distraction free editor in WordPress 4.1

You will notice that the metaboxes and WordPress admin bar will slide out of view and will remain hidden as long as you are writing. As soon as you move the cursor away, the admin bar and meta boxes will slide back in.

This feature is enabled by default in the beta version. However, it will not be enabled by default in the final release and users will have to click on the distraction free button on the screen to enable it.

Inline Image Editing

WordPress beginners often find it difficult to align images in WordPress post editor. With 4.1 users will be able to click on an image and instantly see alignment options along with a button to remove alignment. The pencil button is still there which will open the image into a popup where users can further edit an image.

Inline image editing toolbar in WordPress 4.1

Twenty Fifteen – The New Default Theme

Keeping up with the tradition of at least one new default theme every year, WordPress 4.1 will ship with Twenty Fifteen the new default theme for WordPress.

Twenty Fifteen default WordPress theme
Twenty Fifteen is a simple blog theme with emphasis on typography. It uses Google’s Noto Serif and Sans fonts which support many languages. This makes Twenty Fifteen ready to be used with any language without changing fonts.

Using theme customizer, users will be able to select from different color schemes, add background image, change header, etc. Allowing users to quickly and easily modify the default theme and make it their own.

Customizing Twenty Fifteen

Install Language Packs From Admin Area

WordPress 4.0 introduced language selection during the installation process. Which provided an out of box localized experience for users. WordPress 4.1 will make it even more easier, as users will now be able to change the language from Settings » General screen.

Choosing a language for WordPress admin area from Settings screen

Simply select the language you want to install from the dropdown menu and save settings. WordPress will automatically download and install the language packs for you.

Improvements for Developers

WordPress 4.1 has many new features for developers to play with.

Customizer API – WordPress customizer API is aiming to build a complete JavaScript API for customizer. There are lots of improvements for contextual panels, controls and sections.

Title Tags – New title tag for WordPress themes will allow theme developers to explicitly define a site’s title and avoid conflict with the WordPress title tags.

Query Improvements – Rewritten and improved meta, date, comment, and taxonomy queries in WordPress 4.1.

We hope this article summarized what’s coming in WordPress 4.1. Let us know which features you are excited about and what you would like to see in the future release of WordPress?

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