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WordPress 4.4 “Clifford” Released

The most popular CMS, WordPress, has just dropped another major version and that is WordPress 4.4 codenamed Clifford. Clifford brings some much needed changes in WordPress and introduces a completely new theme for 2016. The Twenty Sixteen mostly focuses on typography, great readability and pixel perfect images regardless screen sizes.

WordPress Introduces Twenty Sixteen

A screenshot of Twenty Sixteen set in an iPad frame

The  newest default theme, Twenty Sixteen, is a modern take on a classic blog design.

  • Minimalist
  • Great typography
  • Fluid Grid Design
  • Flexible Header
  • Fun Color Schemes

These will all make your content shine.

Responsive Images

An image of a laptop, iPad, Android phone, and iPhone containing the same image displayed at multiple sizes to demonstrate responsive image features.

WordPress now takes a smarter approach to displaying appropriate image sizes on any device, ensuring a perfect fit every time. You don’t need to do anything to your theme, it just works.


Embed Everything

Now you can embed your posts on other WordPress sites. Simply dropping a post URL into the editor and you’ll be able see an instant embed preview, complete with the title, excerpt, and featured image

In addition to post embeds, WordPress 4.4 also adds support for five new oEmbed providers: Cloudup, Reddit Comments, ReverbNation, Speaker Deck, and VideoPress.

Under the Hood

The WordPress REST API logo

REST API infrastructure

Infrastructure for the REST API has been integrated into core, marking a new era in developing with WordPress. The REST API gives developers an easy way to build and extend RESTful APIs on top of WordPress.

Infrastructure is the first part of a multi-stage rollout for the REST API. Inclusion of core endpoints is targeted for an upcoming release. To get a sneak peek of the core endpoints, and for more information on extending the REST API, check out the official WordPress REST API plugin.

Term meta

Terms now support metadata, just like posts. See add_term_meta(),get_term_meta(), and update_term_meta() for more information.

Comment query improvements

Comment queries now have cache handling to improve performance. New arguments in WP_Comment_Query make crafting robust comment queries simpler.

Term, comment, and network objects

New WP_Term, WP_Comment, and WP_Network objects make interacting with terms, comments, and networks more predictable and intuitive in code.

By Saif Hassan

Saif Hassan is widely known as saiftheboss7 in online communities. He loves to brainstorm on topics including PHP, theme customization & WordPress. A pro PC guy. working in Web Design, SEO & Google Adsense. Passionate about Blogging, WordPress, Google, SEO, Gadgets, Macs, Smart Phone, Android and helping others. Other interests and post topics include Photography, Psychology, Literacy, Science, Bengali and Life. :-) Loves to write about Microsoft, Apple & Google.

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