New WordPress 4.8 Release: A Comprehensive Overview

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If you are a WordPress fan, then you’ve definitely heard about the new WordPress 4.8 release. Its code name is Evan in honor of the American jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans. It comes with a bunch of new features the description of which you will find below.

Widget Update

WordPress 4.8 was built with you, a valuable user, in mind. New features in 4.8 add more ways for you to express yourself and represent your brand. One of such ways is existing widget updates.

  • Image Widget

Adding image to a widget has never been easier and code free. All you have to do is to insert your image directly within the widget setting. Try to add an image and see it appear automatically.

  • Video Widget

Adding a welcome video to your website can enhance user experience and humanize your brand. With WordPress 4.8 it is extremely easy to add any video from your Media Library to a sidebar.

  • Audio Widget

If you are a podcaster, musician or just a music lover and want to add audio to your site, this option is possible now. Adding a widget with your audio file has never been easier. All you have to do is to upload your audio to the Media Library, go to the widget settings, choose your uploaded file and you are ready for listeners.

  • Rich Text Widget

WordPress 4.8 provides with an opportunity to customize your texts right within your Text widgets. Due to the fact that Rich-text editing possibilities are now native for Text widgets, you are free to create lists, insert links, add emphasis, etc.

Link Boundaries

Lots of WordPress users find it difficult to edit a link or/and text around it while updating that link. With the new WordPress 4.8 release, mostly with its new link boundaries feature, this situation has changed. Now it’s become way easier to select text to link it and all your links will work well. No more hyperlinking text.  

Making Developers Even Happier

WordPress has always come with unlimited opportunities for its users. Its functionality can be broaden with a wide range of themes and plugins available in WordPress repository. Now it has even more useful features which will make the developers satisfied.

  • More accessible admin panel headings;
  • Removal of core support for WMV and WMA files;
  • Multisite updates;
  • Text-editor JavaScript API;
  • Media Widgets API;
  • Customizer Width Variable.

Nearby WordPress Events

WordPress 4.8 also introduced the new ‘WordPress News and Events’ dashboard widget. It appears on the dashboard screen of your WordPress admin area and displays WordPress news as well as WordPress events near your location.

Final Words

We hope this article offered you a good scope of what’s new in WordPress 4.8. In case you are interested in this platform, aisite, automated migration service, supports this new WordPress 4.8 release and gives you a possibility to run Free Demo Migration. Moreover, learn what discount you can get while migrating Drupal and/or Joomla site to WordPress (Note: this is a limited-time offer).

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