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WordPress 4.7 update brings New Twenty Seventeen theme & many new features

WordPress is the most popular and easiest web hosting platform which allows you to create amazing web sites very easily.. The new update brings New Twenty Seventeen theme & many new features. Check out the full Changelog below.

Changelog:

New Default Theme – Twenty Seventeen
It is an ambitious theme designed for business websites that focuses on a creative home page and an easy site setup experience for users
  • multiple sections on the front page, selected in the Customizer.
  • a striking asymmetrical grid.
  • custom color schemes, built on top of a monochromatic foundation, and adjustable via a hue picker.
  • different headline placement for pages, changeable in the Customizer, via them options.
  • a great experience in many languages, thanks to language-specific font stacks.
  • SVG icons (a first for a default theme).
  • support for custom logo, custom header image and many post formats.
  • the use of new functions in Core for making child theming easier.

Note: Twenty Seventeen only works on 4.7 and above. It uses the new video header and starter content features, each launched in 4.7.

REST API Content Endpoints
API endpoints for WordPress content. WordPress 4.7 comes with REST API endpoints for posts, comments, terms, users, meta, and settings. Content endpoints provide machine-readable external access to your WordPress site with a clear, standards-driven interface, paving the way for new and innovative methods of interacting with your site.

The Finer Points

Theme Starter Content
Starter Content is the theme-specific selections of content to help showcase a theme to users and serve as a starting point for further setup of new sites. The initial view of a theme with starter content will only happen for “fresh sites” – new installs that have not yet had any posts, pages, widgets, or customizer settings updated .
Edit Shortcuts
Visible icons appear to show you which parts can be customized right there while live previewing. Click on a shortcut and get straight to editing, no decoding of widget area names or extra clicks needed. Paired with starter content, getting started with customizing your site is faster than ever .
Video Headers
WordPress 4.7 extends the Custom Header feature to introduce support for video. Video headers play automatically, loop by default, and don’t have sound. They work best when paired with an image, so they can progressively enhance the experience when video is supported.
Smoother Nav Menu Building
Many primary navigation menus for sites contain links to the pages of your site. But what happens when you don’t have any pages yet? Now you can add new pages while building nav menus instead of leaving the customizer and abandoning your changes. Once you’ve published your customizations, you’ll have new pages ready for you to fill with content).
Custom CSS
Sometimes you just need a few more visual tweaks to make your site perfect, or a plugin adds something that doesn’t quite look right with your site. WordPress 4.7 allows you to instantly see changes while adding custom CSS to give your site that polish .
User Admin Languages and Locale Switching
Users can select their preferred locale (language) when editing their profile. The back end will be displayed in the user’s individual locale while the locale used on the front end equals the one set for the whole site .
PDF Thumbnail Previews
Managing your document collection is easier with WordPress Version 4.7, which now shows preview thumbnails instead of a generic icon for PDFs in the media library .

For Developers

Custom Bulk Actions
Simpler way to register bulk actions on list table screens.
Page Templates for Post Types
Add support for post type templates. By opening up the page template functionality to all post types, theme developers have even more flexibility with the WordPress template hierarchy.
WP_Taxonomy
New WP_Taxonomy class provides methods to handle taxonomies. This changes the global $wp_taxonomies to an array of WP_Taxonomy objects .
More Theme API Goodies
WordPress 4.7 includes new functions, hooks, and behavior for theme developers
WP_Hook
The code that lies beneath actions and filters has been overhauled. You likely aren’t affected, but if you’ve done things to the $wp_filter global or experienced funky recursion bugs in the past, please take a moment to read the dev note and test your code.
Customize Changesets
Browse your site and switch themes more seamlessly within the customizer, as your changes automatically persist in the background. Changesets also make exciting new features like starter content possible.
Attributes for Resource Hints
you’re now able to pass specific HTML attributes to these resource hints to make even better use of them .
wp_list_sort() and WP_List_Util
WordPress 4.7 brings a few enhancements to handling object or array lists. A new function wp_list_sort() makes it easy to sort object or array lists by one or more of its elements’ properties. A new WP_List_Util class was introduced as a central access point for handling lists.

What’s New

General

Editor Changes
Some of the toolbar buttons have been rearranged to make them easier to access and to encourage proper use of the HTML elements they insert .
  • The headings drop down is moved to the top row.
  • The strike-through and horizontal rule button are moved down.
  • The underline and justify buttons have been removed from the bottom row.

Editor Toolbar

  • Labels for keyboard shortcuts have been added to the tooltips for buttons and inside drop downs to make them easier to discover.

Editor Keyboard Shortcut

Posts

  • The Tag-Cloud with the popular terms have been removed from the dashboard taxonomy pages

Media

  • Improving accessibility of image alternative text – No more default fallback. To ensure your images having meaningful alternative text, you should make sure to set a value for alt text in your media library .
  • Make media library searchable by filename.

Comments

Appearance

Customizer Improvements
WordPress 4.7 has been the most active release on record for the customize component\.
  • Create pages within live preview during site setup – Add new pages while building menus and setting a static front page; outline your site directly in the customizer .
  • Improvements to the Sliding Panels UI – Customizer navigation is now faster, smoother, and more accessible .
  • Customize Changesets – Browse your site and switch themes more seamlessly within the customizer, as your changes automatically persist in the background.
  • Custom CSS – Fine-tune your site and take your theme customizations to the next level with custom css in the customizer .

Users

Install Process

Multisite

Accessibility

Under The Hood

General

  • Allow for .nav-tab-wrapper class to be used on elements other than h3 to increase flexibility for custom settings pages
  • Use get_bloginfo( 'version' ) instead of global $wp_version

Images

Embeds

  • Add oEmbed support for Facebook posts/activities/photo/videos/media/questions/notes.
  • Using HTTPS endpoints for oEmbeds for those providers that have full HTTPS support and don’t redirect back to HTTP when clicking through from the embed.

Script Loader

JavaScript

Bug Fixes

Classes

What’s New

Deprecated

Functions

What’s New

Deprecated

Actions & Filters

  • New naming-convention for Dynamic-Hooks

New Actions

New Filters

Deprecated

External Libraries

Miscellaneous

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