WordPress 4.6 – a pinch of Pepper, and all that jazz

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Have you upgraded yet? Version 4.6 of WordPress, is actually named “Pepper” in honor of jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III, and is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. There are some nice new features in WordPress 4.6.1 to help you work better, faster & smarter, as well as some security enhancements.

Streamlined Updates

Don’t lose your place: stay on the same page while you update, install, and delete your plugins and themes.

Native Fonts

The WordPress dashboard now takes advantage of the fonts you already have, making it load faster and letting you feel more at home on whatever device you use.

Editor Improvements

Inline Link Checker

Ever accidentally made a link to https://wordpress.org/example.org? Now WordPress automatically checks to make sure you didn’t.

Content Recovery

As you type, WordPress saves your content to the browser. Recovering saved content is even easier with WordPress 4.6.


Under The Hood

Resource Hints

Resource hints help browsers decide which resources to fetch and pre-process. WordPress 4.6 adds them automatically for your styles and scripts making your site even faster.

Robust Requests

The HTTP API now leverages the Requests library, improving HTTP standard support and adding case-insensitive headers, parallel HTTP requests, and support for Internationalized Domain Names.

WP_Term_Query and WP_Post_Type

A new WP_Term_Query class adds flexibility to query term information while a new WP_Post_Type object makes interacting with post types more predictable.

Meta Registration API

The Meta Registration API has been expanded to support types, descriptions, and REST API visibility.

Translations On Demand

WordPress will install and use the newest language packs for your plugins and themes as soon as they’re available from WordPress.org’s community of translators.

JavaScript Library Updates

Masonry 3.3.2, imagesLoaded 3.2.0, MediaElement.js 2.22.0, TinyMCE 4.4.1, and Backbone.js 1.3.3 are bundled.

Customizer APIs for Setting Validation and Notifications

Settings now have an API for enforcing validation constraints. Likewise, customizer controls now support notifications, which are used to display validation errors instead of failing silently.

Multisite, now faster than ever

Cached and comprehensive site queries improve your network admin experience. The addition of WP_Site_Query and WP_Network_Query help craft advanced queries with less effort.

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