WordPress v4.5.2 was just released and includes some great new and updated features. Here’s a little background on this latest release of the WordPress core.

About WordPress v4.5

Here’s a little video by the WordPress team, if you’re into that sort of thing.

As with all major WordPress updates, there are numerous bug fixes and security patches, but WP 4.5 also comes with some cool new features the average user is gonna love.

Inline Linking

 

Instead of being taken to a modal when you try and link something, you can stay focused on your writing with a less distracting interface that allows you to easily link to your content inline.

Live Responsive Previews

 

The updated Customizer includes three previews for mobile, tablet and desktop viewport widths so you can make sure your site and navigation look great on all sorts of different devices.

Smart Image Resizing

There is some nerdy stuff going on here including the overhaul of the wp_get_upload_dir() function, but suffice it to say, generated images include magic compression so they load up to 50% faster with no noticeable quality loss.

Selective Refresh

The Customizer now supports a comprehensive framework for rendering parts of the preview without rewriting your PHP code in JavaScript. This is particularly obvious when editing menus from the Customizer.

Better Embed Templates

Embed templates have been split into parts and can be directly overridden by themes via the template hierarchy using the following reserved names:

  • embed.php
  • embed-404.php
  • embed-content.php
  • header-embed.php
  • footer-embed.php

According to the core team:

To leverage the core embed template parts, simply use standard get_template_part( 'embed', 'content' ); calls within your themes. The template hierarchy will do the rest.

Nerdy stuff, I know.

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