WordPress have released 4.0 dubbed “Benny” in honour of legendary American jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman. Wordpress is packed with some wonderful goodness, to make your workflow and editing a much more pleasant experience. You can download your latest version of WordPress here or update it in your Dashboard.

 

Sticky Editor

My biggest pet hate whilst working in WordPress, was that your editor tools were always hidden the further down the page you went. Now with 4.0 we dont need to worry about that anymore. With 4.0, the editor that expands to fit your content as you write, and keeps the formatting tools available at all times. So no more scrolling up with the mouse when you want to format the text. Basically a sticky editor. Awesome and about time guys.

Sticky Editor

Sticky Editor for seamless writing

Manage your Media Gallery with a Beautiful Endless Grid

A great addition. No more of the pesky pagination pages you have to go through to find the image you are looking for. You can now scroll through an endless grid seeing all the images that you have uploaded to your WordPress website. A modal pop up will open the attachment details when you click on the image you have selected.

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Endless Grid of your images

Endless Grid of your Media Items

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Modal Pop for Media Items

Modal Pop up for Media Items.

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Embedding Simple and Easier than ever before

Embedding has never been easier in WordPress. Take the Youtube url and drop it into your Post as soon as you drop it into your post it will automatically show the video in your post. It is now more visual.The same for Tweets and a whole lot more supported.

Plugins – Better Visual Browsing and Search

When developing WordPress websites, alot of time is spent in the Plugins Repository, looking for the right plugin to make your website a killer website. The one thing is that it wasnt a pleasant experience. With 4.0, that has changed. It is more visually appealing. Nicely laid out and clearly states if the plugin is compatible with your version of WordPress or not.

Wordpress Plugin Directory

WordPress Plugin Directory more visually appealing

Conclusion

In my eyes, a great update. Some things that bugged me before about WordPress have been sorted out. Its more visually appealing and user friendly. A step in the right direction. So go ahead and upgrade but make sure you do a backup first. Thanks to the team that worked so hard on this.