Version 4.8 of WordPress, named “Evans” in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in WordPress 4.8 add more ways for you to express yourself and represent your brand.
We also make sure that all the Visualmodo WordPress Themes works perfectly with the WordPress 4.8
Gear up for a more intuitive WordPress 4.8!
Though some updates seem minor, they’ve been built by hundreds of contributors with you in mind. Get ready for new features you’ll welcome like an old friend: link improvements, three new media widgets covering images, audio, video, an updated text widget that supports visual editing, and an upgraded news section in your dashboard. So, which brings in nearby and upcoming WordPress events.
Exciting Widget Updates
Adding an image to a widget is now a simple task achievable for any WordPress user without needing to know code. Insert your image right within the widget settings. So, try adding something like a headshot or a photo of your latest weekend adventure and automatically see it appear.
Video Widget WordPress 4.8 Release
A welcome video is a great way to humanize the branding of your website. As a result, you can now add any video from the Media Library to a sidebar on your site with the new Video widget. So, use this to showcase a welcome video to introduce visitors to your site or promote your latest and greatest content.
Are you a podcaster, musician, or avid blogger? Adding a widget with your audio file has never been easier. Upload your audio file to the Media Library, go to the widget settings, select your file, and you’re ready for listeners. This would be an easy way to add a more personal welcome message, too!
Rich Text Widget
This feature deserves a parade down the center of town! Rich-text editing capabilities are now native for Text widgets. Add a widget anywhere and format away. Create lists, add emphasis. As a result, quickly and easily insert links. Have fun with your newfound formatting powers, and watch what you can accomplish in a short amount of time.
Have you ever tried updating a link or the text around a link and found you can’t seem to edit it correctly? When you edit the text after the link, your new text also ends up linked. Or you edit the text in the link, but your text ends up outside of it. This can be frustrating! With link boundaries, a great new feature, the process is streamlined, and your links will work well. You’ll be happier. We promise.
Nearby WordPress Events
Did you know that WordPress has a thriving offline community with groups meeting regularly in more than 400 cities around the world? WordPress now draws your attention to the events that help you continue improving your WordPress skills, meet friends, and, of course, publish!
This is quickly becoming one of our favorite features. While you are in the dashboard (because you’re running updates and writing posts, right?), all upcoming WordCamps and official WordPress Meetups — local to you — will be displayed.
Being part of the community can help you improve your WordPress skills and network with people you wouldn’t otherwise meet. Now you can easily find your local events just by logging in to your dashboard and looking at the new Events and News dashboard widget.
Even More Developer Happiness?
New CSS rules mean extraneous content (like “Add New” links) no longer needs to be included in admin-area headings. These panel headings improve the experience for people using assistive technologies.
As fewer and fewer browsers support Silverlight, file formats that require the Silverlight plugin are being removed from core support. Files will still display as a download link but will no longer be embedded automatically.
Multisite Updates WordPress 4.8 Release
New capabilities have been introduced to 4.8 to remove calls to
is_super_admin(). Additionally, new hooks and tweaks to more granularly control site and user counts per network have been added.
Media Widgets API
The introduction of a new base media widget REST API schema to 4.8 opens up possibilities for even more media widgets (like galleries or playlists) in the future. The three new media widgets are by a shared base class covering most interactions with the media modal. That class also makes it easier to create new media widgets and paves the way for more to come.
Customizer Width Variable
Rejoice! New responsive breakpoints have been added to the customizer sidebar to make it wider on high-resolution screens. Customizer controls should use percentage-based widths instead of pixels.
WordPress 4.8 Release Squad
This release was led by Matt and Jeff Paul, with the help of the following fabulous folks. There are 346 contributors with props in this release, with 106 contributing for the first time. Pull up some Bill Evans on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:
Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, abrightclearweb, Achal Jain, achbed, Acme Themes, Adam Silverstein, adammacias, Ahmad Awais, ahmadawais, airesvsg, ajoah, Aki Björklund, akshayvinchurkar, Alain Schlesser, Alex Concha, Alex Dimitrov, Alex Hon, alex27, allancole, Amanda Rush, Andrea Fercia, Andreas Panag, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrey “Rarst” Savchenko, Andy Meerwaldt, Andy Mercer, Andy Skelton, Aniket Pant, Anil Basnet, Ankit K Gupta, Anthony Hortin, antisilent, Anton Timmermans, Antti Kuosmanen, apokalyptik, artoliukkonen, Arunas Liuiza, attitude, backermann, Bappi.
Ben Cole, Bernhard Gronau, Bernhard Kau, binarymoon, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), BjornW, bobbingwide, boblinthorst, boboudreau, bonger, Boone B. Gorges, Brady Vercher, Brainstorm Force, Brandon Kraft, Brian Hogg, Brian Krogsgard, Bronson Quick, Caroline Moore, Casey Driscoll, Caspie, Chandra Patel, Chaos Engine, cheeserolls, chesio, chetansatasiya, choong, Chouby, chredd, Chris Jean, Chris Marslender, Chris Smith, Chris Van Patten, Chris Wiegman, chriscct7, chriseverson,
Christian Chung, Christian Nolen, Christian Wach, Christoph Herr, Clarion Technologies, Claudio Sanches, Claudio Sanches, ClaudioLaBarbera, codemovement. Pk, coderkevin, codfish, coreymcollins, Cardin Krummenacher, Curtiss Grymala, Cătălin Dogaru, danhgilmore, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Kanchev, Daniel Pietrasik, Daniele Scasciafratte, Daryl L. L. Houston (all), Dave Pullig, Dave Romsey (goto10), David A. Kennedy, David Chandra Purnama. In addition, David Herrera, David Lingren, David Mosterd, David Shanske, davidbhayes, Davide ‘Folletto’ Casali, deeptiboddapati, Delphinus, delta factory, Denis de Bernardy, Derek Herman, Derrick Hammer, Derrick Koo, dimchik, Dinesh Chouhan, Dion Hulse, Dipesh Kakadiya, dmsnell.
Moreover, Dominik Schilling, Dotan Cohen, Doug Ellison, Doug Hamlin, DreamOn11, Drew Jaynes, Duncan Browne, dungengronovius, DylanAuty, Eddie Hurtig, Eduardo Reveles, Edwin Cromley, ElectricFeet, Elio Rivero, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, elyobo, enodekciw, enshrined, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Lanehart, Evan Herman, Felix Arntz, Fencer04, Florian Brinkmann, Florian TIAR, FolioVision, fomenkoandrey, Francesco Taurino, Frank Klein, Frankie Jarrett, Fred, Fredrik Forsmo, fuscata, Gabriel Maldonado, Garth Mortensen, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, Geeky Software, George Stephanis, Goran Šerić, Graham Armfield, Grant Derepas, Gregory Karpinsky (@tivnet), Hardeep Asrani, Helen Hou-Sandí. In addition, Henry Wright, hidden pearls, Hinaloe, Hristo Pandjarov.
Hugo Baeta, Iain Poulson, Ian Dunn, Ian Edington, idealized, Ignacio Cruz Moreno, math, implant, Ionut Stanciu, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), Dimova, J.D. Grimes, Jacob Peattie, Jake Spurlock, James Nylen. In addition, James Acero, Japh, Jared Cobb, jayarjo, jdolan, double, Jeff Bowen, Jeff Paul, Jeffrey de Wit, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Pry, jimt, Jip Moors, jmusal, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle, Joe McGill, Joel James, johanmynhardt, John Blackbourn, John Dittmar, John James Jacoby. Moreover, John P. Bloch, John Regan, john green, Jon (Kenshin), Jonathan Bardo, Jonathan Brinley, Jonathan Daggerhart. In addition to, Jonathan Desrosiers, Jonny Harris, Jonny ask, or design.
JorritSchippers, Joseph Fusco, Josh Eaton. Moreover, Josh Pollock, joshcummingsdesign, joshkadis, Joy, jrf, JRGould, Juanfra Aldasoro, Juhi Saxena, Junko Nukaga, Justin Busa, Justin Sainton, Justin Shreve, Justin Sternberg, K.Adam White, kacperszurek, Kailey (trepmal), KalenJohnson, Kat Hagan, Keanan Koppenhaver, keesiemeijer, keelboat, Kelly Dwan, Kevin Hagerty, Kirk Wight, kitchin, Kite, kjbenk, Knut Sparhell, koenschipper, kokarn, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Konstantinos Kouratoras, kuchenundkakao, kuldipem, Laurel Fulford, Lee Willis, Leo Baiano, LittleBigThings (Csaba). Moreover, Lucas Stark, Luke Cavanagh, Luke Gedeon.
Extra Thank You
Luke Pettway, lyubomir_popov, mageshp, Mahesh Waghmare, Mangesh Parte, Manish Songirkar, mantismamita, Marcel Bootsman, Marin Atanasov, Mario Valney, Marius L. J., Mark Jaquith, Mark Root-Wiley. In addition to, Mark Uraine, Marko Heijnen, markshep, matrixik, Matt Banks, Matt Jaworski, Matt King, Matt van Andel, Matt Wiebe, Matthew Haines-Young, mattyrob, Max Cutler, Maxime Culea, Mayo Moriyama, mbelchev, mckernanin, Mel Choyce, mhowell, Michael Arestad, Michael Arestad, michalzuber, Miina Sikk, Mike Auteri, Mike Crantea, Mike Glendinning, Mike Hansen, Mike Little, Mike Schroder, Mike Viele. In addition to Milan Dinić, modemlooper, Mohammad Jangda, Mohan Dere, monikarao, morettigeorgiev, Morgan Estes, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, moto hachi ( mt8.biz ), mrbobbybryant, Naim Naimov, Nate Reist, NateWr, nathanrice, Nazgul, Ned Zimmerman, net, Nick Halsey , Nicolas GUILLAUME, Nikhil Chavan, Nikhil Vimal, Nikolay Bachiyski, Nilambar Sharma, noplanman, nullvariable, odie2, odyssey, Okamoto Hidetaka, orvils, oskosk, Otto Kekäläinen, ovann86, Pantip Treerattanapitak (Nok), Pascal Birchler, patilvikasj, Paul Bearne, Paul Wilde.
Payton Swick, Dufour, Perdana, Peter Wilson, phh, PHP, Piotr Delawski, pippinsplugins, pjgalbraith, pkevan, Pratik, Passionate, Presskopp, procodewp, Rachel Baker, Rahul Prajapati. Ramanan, Rami Yushuvaev, ramiabraham, ranh, Red Sand Media Group, Riad Benguella, Rian Rietveld, Richard Tape, Robert D Payne, Robert Jolly, Robert Noakes. Moreover, Rocco Aliberti, Rodrigo Primo, Rommel Castro, Ronald Araújo, Ross Wintle, Roy Sivan, Ryan Kienstra. Ryan McCue, Ryan Plas, Ryan Welcher, Sal Ferrarello, Sami Keijonen, Samir Shah, Samuel Sidler, Sandesh, Sang-Min Yoon. In addition to, Sanket Parmar. Sarah Gooding, Sayed Taqui, shrapnel, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org, scribe, sean jones, Sebastian Pisula. Sergey Biryukov, Sergio De Falco. sept, shayanys, shazahm1, sharing, Simon Lampen, skippy, Merriman, snacking, social, Soren Wrede.
Thanks a Lot
Stanimir Stoyanov, Stanko Metodiev, Steph, Steph Wells, Stephanie Leary, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steven Word, stevenlinx, Sudar Muthu, Swapnil V. Patil, Swapnil, szaqal21, Takahashi Fumiki, Takayuki Miyauchi. Tammie Lister, tap boy, Taylor Lovett, team, tg29359, Thar she blows, the themeshaper, then bent. Thomas Wm, Thorsten Frommen, Tierra, Tim Nash, Timmy Crawford, Timothy Jacobs, triumph, Tkama, energy, Tom Auger. Tom J Nowell, to MDX, Toro_Unit (Hiroshi Urabe). Torsten Landsiedel, transl8or, traversal, Travis Smith, Triet Minh, Trisha Salas. In addition to, tristangemus. truongwp, tsl143, Ty Carlson, Ulrich. Utkarsh, Valeriu Thai, Vishal Kakadiya, Corfu, Vrunda Kansara, webbgaraget, WebMan Design | Oliver Juhas, web supporter, Weston Ruter, William Earnhardt, William Patton, Wolly aka Paolo Valenti, yale01, Yoav Farhi, Yoga Sukma. Zach Wills, Zack Tollman, Ze Fontainhas, childlike, and sausage.
Finally, thanks to all the community translators who worked on WordPress 4.8. Their efforts bring WordPress 4.8 fully translated to 38 languages at release time with more on the way.
Do you want to report on WordPress 4.8? We’ve compiled a press kit featuring information about the release features and some media assets to help you along.
In conclusion, If you want to follow along or help out, check out, Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress — we hope you enjoy it! Finally, WordPress 4.8.