WordPress 4.5 “Coleman” Released – Favorite New Features (with Screenshots & GIFs)

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WordPress 4.5 Coleman Released April 12 2016

WordPress 4.5, “Coleman” was released on April 12, 2016 (named in honor of jazz artist Coleman Hawkins).

WordPress 4.5 is another incremental update which includes a handful of helpful changes, listed below.

Responsive Previews in Customizer

Now, you can preview your website at various screen sizes in the customizer like mobile, tablet and desktop. It’s a step in the right direction, but don’t count on it to be the be-all-end-all in your website testing.

Customizer Responsive Layout Testing in WordPress

Favicon / Site Icon Preview

Now, you can preview what your site icon will look like in a browser vs. refreshing your website to find out later.

Site Icon Preview in WordPress 4.5

More Seamless Links in the Editor

Now, instead of a modal pop-up every time you want to add a link, it’s now an inline box that pops up. Much cleaner and better to stay focused on your writing.

Inline Links in WordPress 4.5 New

Shortcuts While Writing

Now, you can really speed up your writing in WordPress. Now, it’s beginning to challenge the word processing software we’re all used to using.

Shortcuts While Writing in WordPress 4.5

Below is the list of these writing shortcuts you can now use in WordPress 4.5:

List of Writing Shortcuts in WordPress

Optimized Images

WordPress has historically set the quality of the images you upload to your website to 90% to help load times, since 100% is almost always unnecessary. Now, that number is set to 82% which shouldn’t make much of a difference in quality but speed all websites. By the way, you can tweak this default to any number you’d like with a few development tweaks.

Logging in with Email

Now, instead of only using your Username to log in, you can now also use your email address.

* Word of Warning

We’ve already seen a few websites have issues with this update, so be cautious before clicking update to this latest version. Make sure you’re always taking complete website backups before making any major changes. We recommend taking database backups daily, and full site backups weekly as a standard precaution.

More Info

For more information, View WordPress’ official release or watch the video below:

 

Last updated on August 31, 2016. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc. You can follow him at Google+

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My team of AVID teachers brainstorms ideas for both the front and back of the shirt, and I present the best one or two concepts to Shawn for his expert feedback. We quickly settle on the best design idea and colors, and then Shawn and I bounce more detailed suggestions off each other for a few days. His suggestions always result in significant improvements to my rough concept. He presents me with graphic “rough drafts” at each stage of our discussion until we have a design I’m really happy with.

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Teacher & AVID Coordinator

Taft Union High School

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Taft, California

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Audiotech, Inc.

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Chicago, Illinois