It has been just three months since the release of WordPress 4.0. The version came with tons of improvements like an enhanced post editor, improved internationalization support, embed previews, etc. Now, WordPress 4.1 has been officially released which again has a huge features list.
Version 4.1 of WordPress, named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington is available for download or update in your WordPress Dashboard.
After spending 2 days with 4.1 update, I would share from a developer’s point of view how likely WordPress 4.1 is going to be a blessing for both WordPress users and developers. Rather I am segregating the features into two groups. One, consisting of those that are beneficial to regular users or bloggers and second those, which would help fellow WordPress developers.
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Features that bloggers and regular users would love:
Focus – The new distraction free writing mode
Obviously with so many things opened before you in your dashboard you may get distracted sometimes. In WordPress 4.1 try this distraction free writing mode where all the distraction would fade away, allowing you to focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when you need them. You can toggle between the normal mode and distraction free mode as and when required.
Inline image editing
WordPress 4.1 Update
WordPress users often face problems with image alignment. However, with WordPress 4.1 users can easily set the alignment by just clicking on the image. The alignment options would come up instantly above the image along with options for removing and advance editing.
Set/install language pack from admin dashboard
WordPress 4.0 introduced the option for setting language at installation. WordPress 4.1 comes with something out-of-box. Users can now set their choice of language right from the admin panel itself and change as and when required. This would help intercontinental users write simultaneously in the same blog with more ease. You can switch to any translation on the general settings screen.
Features that WordPress developers would love:
WordPress 4.1 has greatly improved custom querying of Metadata, date and term queries which now can be used with conditional logic, like nested clauses and multiple operators.
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.
Though I am still spending more time to get other useful features, for the time being you can have a look at how good or bad this update is to you.