The latest version of WordPress was recently released and by yesterday (14th), we’d updated over 50 sites to the new core version of the software. It’s the first major release of 2016 and it’s named ‘Coleman’ in honour of jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. Expect to see minor updates to 4.5 quite soon, which should automatically install as they become available – they’re tweaks and fixes in response to user feedback after the major update.
We’ve contacted WP-hosted site owners who have asked for upgrades in the past, but are not on our Supervised or Managed WordPress Hosting, to see if they want backups made and core files updated. It’s a very important task which needs to be done ASAP to avoid allowing the site to become vulnerable to hackers. If you don’t wish to undertake the update yourself, please get in touch to request the work.
What new features are introduced? There’s extra support for site logos and icons, new responsive previews within the Customizer section (you can now see what the site will look like on a smartphone), enhancements to image generation and improved comment moderation. The Visual Editor has some tweaks too, with inline links and some text shortcuts. One extra you’ll probably notice first of all is the addition of an email address option when you log into your dashboard – handy if you forget your username!