The new version of WordPress 3.9 just came out. It’s nicknamed “Smith,” named after James Oscar “Jimmy” Smith, an award-winning jazz musician.
Here is a short video that wordpress.org created to introduce the new features of WordPress 3.9:
The focus of this update is summarized in this phrase mentioned in the above video:
“Closing the Gap between Editing and Publishing”
The new features are meant to make it easy for you to see what the post/page would look like BEFORE publishing. Pretty cool!
Here are some of the highlights of the new features of WordPress 3.9:
1) Copy & paste content from Word without those messy hidden codes:
Doesn’t it drive you nuts that the look of the content sometimes gets all messed up when you copy text from Word into the WordPress editor? That’s because Word document has hidden styling codes that get picked up when you copy. With WordPress 3.9 editor, we should see much less of this (or none, I’m hoping!) as they improved their editor to fix this problem.
2) Improved Image Editing:
With WordPress 3.9, accessing the image edit screen is easier… You can even resize the image right in the post/page edit screen. No need to go into the media setup screen, and you can see how it looks in the post/page right away.
3) Drag and drop your images:
Many people loved it when WordPress introduced the “drop and upload” feature in the media area, and they took it further with WordPress 3.9. You can now drop the image right in the editor screen!
4) Preview gallery in the editor:
When you insert a gallery in a post/page, WordPress was was simply showing a gallery placeholder in the editor screen, and we couldn’t see what it would actually look like there. Until now. WordPress 3.9′s editor lets you see the actual photos in the gallery, making it easy for you to make necessary edits before you publish the post/page.
5) Audio and Vido Playlists:
Want to show off not only one audio/video, but in a form of playlists? You can do that with WordPress 3.9!
6) Header/Menu/Widget Preview:
You can now even preview the widget, menu, and header very easily before you make the actual changes.
Before you run out an update your site, you might want to wait until the first “dot” release comes out, i.e. 3.9.1. (That usually fixes any stray glitches that may be in the new software)
You can Click Here for the Instructions on
Updating Your Site to the Newest Version of WordPress