WordPress.org released version 4.6 last week. Named for jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III, this update has a couple of improvements that you’ll notice right away when editing a Post or Page in your dashboard. Other improvements will become apparent over time.
One Screen Updates
It used to be that when you added or updated a new plugin or theme, you click ‘update’ and then you get a new page that shows the update or install process and leaves you with two links: Activate Plugin or Return to WordPress Updates.
Now what you’ll see is the install or update or delete happens on the same page without taking you elsewhere in the Dashboard. One screen. One task. Smooth, baby!
No More Broken Links!
This improvement is my favorite. Check it out. If you add a broken link, WordPress 4.6 Pepper will display it in red indicating there is something not right about the link. So you can fix it before you publish.
Lost Internet Connection?
If you lose your internet connection while making updates or writing a post, WordPress saves your work locally in your browser. When you get back to editing, WP notifies you if there is a more recent version of your post. Restore that saved version and nothing gets lost.
The WordPress Dashboard now uses your system’s native fonts. Pages will load faster and overall performance improves.
Apparently there is some grumbling about this particular change. A lot of WP users don’t like the native fonts that are replacing the old Open Sans from Google Fonts.
You know what I’ve noticed? Most of these users are running some version of Windows. In forum after forum, they complain, “I don’t want to be stuck with Segoe UI!” “It’s ugly.”
Open Sans For The Win
Barely three days after the release of “Pepper”, a new plugin has been released that solves this ‘problem.’ It’s called Open Sans FTW.
The plugin is already in the WP Plugin Repository and as of August 23 has over thirty installs. Author George Jipa calms those grumbling folks, “Keep Calm And Use Open Sans.”
Make The Switch
They could also switch to a Mac. I didn’t notice the difference in my Dashboard right away. But now that my attention is brought to the fonts, I can say the native fonts on my Mac are beautiful.
SanFrancisco has been the native font for Apple for some time. Recently they’ve renamed it in the OS as “-apple-system.” Anyway, I don’t mean to go overboard on the technical stuff. Suffice it to say, I don’t need to be installing Open Sans FTW anytime soon.
If you haven’t already done it, log into your WordPress Dashboard and update to V 4.6. Not only will you appreciate the changes and improvements, but it’s good practice for the security of your site to keep all your software up-to-date.
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