Welcome to WordPress 3.9: What’s New?
WordPress 3.9 (code named “Smith”) has gone wild after its release on 16th April 2014. New Release comes up with lots of new exciting features and improvements that we hope you’ll love. You can download Version 3.9 or update old version through WordPress Dashboard.
Catch up the most prominent features/refinements of WordPress 3.9. Here is a list of key features:
There is tremendous improvement in visual editor in terms of speed and accessibility. Now you don’t have to worry about messy styling as you can directly paste from your Microsoft Word to the editor. Previously “Paste from MS Word” button was used for pasting the posts from Word to WordPress editor. New version is really helpful for most of the users who prefer to write their posts in Microsoft word. This update has made it possible to directly copy/paste from word with ease and dignity.
WordPress 3.9 includes vast range of image editing features including cropping, rotation, flipping, re sizing and scaling tools. You can edit your posts and make them more appealing through fast & easy to use image editor. Just click on the image and Find the right fit for your image by scaling your images directly in the editor.
Drag & Drop Images
Uploading your images has never been so easy. Just drag the images from your desktop and drop them to post editor, and they’ll be uploaded to your site. You can also save your time by selecting multiple images and dropping them altogether in the editor. This feature works for both images and videos.
Live Gallery Previews
Repeated Navigation from backend of media and front end of page costs a lot of time. You have to go to the placeholder for viewing the galleries position. 3.9 version has live preview feature to get the live preview of the gallery right inside the editor.
Widget section has become more advanced with Live Widget Previews. In theme customize option you can add, delete, edit or customize these widgets and see the live preview in the side bar. Earlier you have to save the widget and then refresh the page to view how it really looks. Now it is replaced with real-time widgeting. Just search the widget, view the live preview and then push it your site.
Old Widget Screen is also present to assist the users who still want to use the old familiar interface. More of, you can skip the process of drag and drop widgets and simply click on the widget to add it in the footer/sidebar.
WordPress has changed the experience of browsing a theme in 3.9 version. Default theme screen will show you the themes that you have installed or uploaded but if you want to add a new theme, click on the “Add New” button in top left corner of the screen. This will show you all the free/paid themes that wordpress is offering but the interesting thing you may notice is that it shows the number of themes that you’ve already installed with extremely good user experience.
Audio Video Listening
In WordPress 3.9, there is an advanced option to create audio and video playlists. This new feature rules out the need of installing a separate plugin for songs playlist creation. Just click on Add media button to upload your audio/video files and then go to left hand side to view a link for creating video playlist.
WordPress 3.9 has made things much simpler. So what’s your opinion about this new Release of WordPress?