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WordPress 4.8 new features


The backbone of some of our plugins - such as WP File Download and WP Media Folder - is the WordPress content management system. As the name implies, however, WordPress’ core experience is managing the content on your website and posting new articles. A new version is making its way to WordPress administrators, aiming to improve your experience when working on your website.

The new version, WordPress 4.8, comes with a slew of added features, including new Widgets and text editor improvements. Update your plugins and themes and get ready for the update.

 New Widgets

WordPress have introduced several new widgets. One of the most important is the text editor widget. It's a widget that allows you to add content but not only using HTML editor.



The video widget: you can now load a video from an URL in your widget and edit it later.



The image and audio widget are based on the same model, you can load a media from the WordPress media manager in a widget.



Link Manager Improvement

The text editor link manager has been improved, now on a single click on it, the whole link is selected and can be edited. This is something small but quite important to avoid the fact of having 2 different links on the same word.



The Developer Corner

Some improvement have been made behind the scene. Quoting WordPress.org here are the topics:

More Accessible Admin Panel Headings
New CSS rules mean extraneous content (like “Add New” links) no longer need to be included in admin-area headings. These panel headings improve the experience for people using assistive technologies.

Removal of Core Support for WMV and WMA Files
As fewer and fewer browsers support Silverlight, file formats which require the presence of the Silverlight plugin are being removed from core support. Files will still display as a download link, but will no longer be embedded automatically.

Multisite Updates
New capabilities have been introduced to 4.8 with an eye towards removing calls to
is_super_admin(). Additionally, new hooks and tweaks to more granularly control site and user counts per network have been added.

Text-Editor JavaScript API
With the addition of TinyMCE to the text widget in 4.8 comes a new JavaScript API for instantiating the editor after page load. This can be used to add an editor instance to any text area, and customize it with buttons and functions. Great for plugin authors!

Media Widgets API
The introduction of a new base media widget REST API schema to 4.8 opens up possibilities for even more media widgets (like galleries or playlists) in the future. The three new media widgets are powered by a shared base class that covers most of the interactions with the media modal. That class also makes it easier to create new media widgets and paves the way for more to come.

Customizer Width Variable
Rejoice! New responsive breakpoints have been added to the customizer sidebar to make it wider on high-resolution screens. Customizer controls should use percentage-based widths instead of pixels.



JoomUnited WordPress Plugins

All our extension has been tested before on Beta and RC versions and now they are fully working on WordPress 4.8.

Just make sure you get the latest version of our plugins running on your website.

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