WordPress 4.5 “Coleman” Released – Favorite New Features (with Screenshots & GIFs)April 15, 2016 Reading Time: 2 Minutes
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below is the list of these writing shortcuts you can now use in WordPress 4.5:
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.
For more information, View WordPress’ official release or watch the video below: