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What’s New in WordPress 4.3

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WordPress 4.3 was released just a few minutes ago. This is the second major WordPress release this year. It has some great new features and fixes many issues. In this article, we will show you what’s new in WordPress 4.3 and which features you should try after updating your sites.

This is a major release and unless you are on a managed WordPress hosting, you will have to manually initiate the update.

Important: Don’t forget to create a complete WordPress backup before starting the update.

Menus in Customizer

Widgets were added to customizer in WordPress 3.9, and it was logical to expect the same for menus. Now with WordPress 4.3, you will be able to edit, create, and manage menus from the customizer. Simply go to Appearance » Customize and then click on the Menus tab.

WordPress 4.3 allows you to edit menus in customizer

The old way of adding navigation menus in WordPress will still be there. However the hope is with menus in the customizer customizer, the process of editing menus will become faster and simpler for new WordPress users.

New Site Icon Feature

WordPress did not have a feature to add site icon or favicon. Users had to manually upload their favicon or use plugins to add them. With WordPress 4.3, you can add your site icon from WordPress admin area.

Adding site icon in WordPress 4.3

Stronger Passwords by Default

Many security conscious users wanted WordPress to automatically suggest strong passwords for new users. WordPress 4.3 will now suggest stronger passwords by default.

When a user requests a password reset, they will see a stronger password already suggested in the password reset field.

New user interface favors stronger passwords in WordPress

While adding a new user, WordPress will send them a link to setup a password instead of sending them passwords in plain text.

The main goal of this overhaul is to educate users and improve password security in WordPress. The most common excuse for not using stronger passwords is that they are difficult to remember. But there are better ways to manage passwords for WordPress than just remembering them.

Editor Enhancements

The post editing area is where most WordPress users spend their time. This is where you create content, and WordPress makes it super easy to do that with its simple and beautiful visual editor. However, pressing the button means using the mouse or touchpad which breaks the pace of writing.

WordPress 4.3 comes with inline text shortcuts that automatically format text as you type. You don’t even need to touch editor buttons or reload the page. You will see your changes applied instantly in the editor.

Editor text patterns in WordPress 4.3

  • Using * or – will start an unordered list.
  • Using 1. will start an ordered list.
  • Using # will transform into h1. ## for h2, ### for h3 and so on.
  • Using > will transform into blockquote.

You can see the complete list of shortcuts by clicking on the help icon in the visual editor.

Inline shortcuts added to post editor in WordPress 4.3

Comments Off for Pages in WordPress

Pages in WordPress are supposed to be static non-chronological content. See our guide on the difference between WordPress posts vs pages. This means that in most usage scenarios you don’t need to turn on comments for pages. However, WordPress have had comments enabled for pages by default. Users had to manually turn off comments for their pages in WordPress.

WordPress 4.3 fixes this issue and after updating to 4.3, any new page you create will have comments disabled by default.

Comments will be turned off for Pages by default

Improved List Views

There are many improvements for the admin area on mobile devices. The goal of this improvements is to provide a better and consistent user experience on smaller screens.

The list views for WordPress posts, comments, and media are improved to look better on mobile devices. You can find extra information for each item in the tables by clicking on the arrow next to them.

Comment lists in WordPress 4.2 and 4.3

Improved Press This Tool

Work continued on the revamped Press This tool. In WordPress 4.3, the Press This tool now has a text editor as well as visual. Many advance WordPress users find text editor to be more useful for their needs than visual editor. This change will allow them to easily switch.

Press this tool in WordPress 4.3 has text editor support

Under The Hood Improvements

As part of the ongoing taxonomy improvement roadmap, shared terms on multiple taxonomies will now split up. (#30261)

A new template file singular.php will now act as the default fallback for single.php and page.php templates. (#22314)

Developers should now almost always select a primary column when using list tables like on the Posts, Pages, or Media Library screens. (#25408)

We hope you liked this overview of what’s new in WordPress 4.3. We are particularly excited about improved customizer controls. What are you excited about?

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  2. Jody says

    On lost password prompt (in yellow box), the word used is “email”
    Then on the same page, over the empty rectangle where the customer types, the word used is “E-mail”

    Word Press techies: You need to be consistent in your use of the English language and grammar.

    I would suggest you stick with email or Email

    Please do not use both email and e-mail on the same page!
    My customers are teachers and catch grammar errors.

    Also, I use “Sign In” for my website.
    All you use is “Log In” and do not allow a change to “Sign In”

    Why must we use Log In? Why not allow a choice of “Log In” and “Log Out” and “Sign In” and “Sign Out”?
    Before I decided on Sign In, I checked websites, and Sign In was the most frequently used.
    But, I forgot to check with Word Press that is forcing my customers to see “Sign In” then “Log Out”

    Please fix your grammar for email.
    Please allow a choice for our web site to either Sign In and Sign Out or Log In and Log Out.

    Retired Teacher ;)

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You can share your feedback with WordPress developers by visiting Since you mentioned spelling, we would like to tell you that WordPress is a single word with capital P. :)


  3. Candice Brown says

    Love the reset password thing for new users but for sites that like to work on front-end only can there be a way to set a ‘reset password’ page???

    Also PLEASE make it where when typing in a new password, by default it hides the password. I hate typing in a password and people around my computer can see it!

  4. George Ekman says

    Thank you for the above, After reading all of it I am wondering if I should update or not, or maybe just wait for awhile. Please advise.

  5. Michele Wendt says

    Hi there,

    Ever since installing the new update, my comment box has disappeared on most of my posts. I tried deactivating plugins but that has not worked. I have a theme I purchased from someone. It’s a genesis child theme. Any Suggestions?


  6. Min says

    Since the update, I can’t upload images to my posts. The media library keeps loading and no images are shown. Please let me know how I can fix this. Thank you!

  7. Brian Ike says

    Hi, I’m new to WP and I was auto-upgraded to 4.3 but I can’t seem to find a whole of features that was shown in the tutorials video like the Kitchen sink, break link, etc… It has a whole lotta abbreviations on the edit menu that ain’t in the video. It’s beginning to feel like I have an older version only that I don’t even know what it looks like.

  8. Mayana says

    My sidebar widgets are out of order since my site was updated. Every plugin I’ve looked at says it is not tested for 4.3. I tried one anyway, and it worked for a few hours, then the widgets went out of order again. Do you have any suggestions for this problem? Thanks very much.

  9. YT says

    I upgrade wordpress to 4.3 but I don’t have header in Appearance.
    Can you explain why it is and what can I do?

  10. Rams says

    Amazing. This is a good one to learn about the new features in the WP 4.3. Thanks for making this.

    Thank you to everyone who worked on this.


  11. Imam Dahir Dan-Azumi says

    Plz can someone help me to explain this, I am using my site on free domain (, plz help me to understand using because it seems to be Installing all Plugins and Other thingz! Must I buy a Domain before I can use

  12. Steve says

    how do I get the line | on the left of the text with coloured background and not the “test” quote marks? in WP4.3

    • Valerie Cudnik says

      This is controlled by your site’s theme. It doesn’t really have anything to do with WP 4.3. (just the additional method for creating a block quote is what changed)

  13. Ivan Aliku says

    I keep getting this line of error after upgrading WordPress and even after trying to do as it states in a client’s function.php file:

    “wp-includes/functions.php on line 3457

    Notice: The called constructor method for WP_Widget is deprecated since version 4.3.0! Use


    Any ideas on how to fix this please?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      One of the plugins on your website is using an old method. Deactivate all your plugins one by one until this notice disappears. Once you find the plugin causing this, you can reach out to plugin’s author and inform them about the issue.


    • Ivan Aliku says

      Thank you for the response. I think the problem has to do with the theme installed. On reverting to the default “twenty fifteen” theme, the error message disappeared. I have emailed the support team of the theme.

  14. John Marcello says

    The user passwords for is horrible. How do I create a new user without emailing them the password?

  15. Ken Gray says


    WP-Pagenavi stopped working on my two sites with the update WordPress 4.3.

    Anything you can do to fix that would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Ken Gray

  16. Nitin says

    Great update of WordPress and lovely explanation. Thanks for sharing such nice information with us. Actually, these are the little known facts which can be exposed by us (newbies) after so much use.
    By the way thanks again.

  17. Carolus says

    And now we’ll have to wait for some plugins to follow up with upgrade. I had to turn off one on my site because it just caused 500 internal error.

  18. Rami Y. says

    Awesome review!

    You should also add the “Inline Link Toolbar” that shows links in the visual editor.

  19. James says

    Is there a way to turn off the formatting shortcuts? What if I want to type an asterisk but don’t want it converted into a list? Or type two pound signs without it becoming a heading?

  20. Siraj Mahmood says

    I personally like this updated version and feeling now better than before. Keep it up WordPress.

  21. Hisham says

    It’s nice and good.

    Please let me know if there is any trust mobile app for wordpress dashboard.

    Thank you

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