After four rounds of beta testing and two release candidates, WordPress has officially launched version 4.6 of its content management system. It is now available to download in the WordPress dashboard.
WordPress 4.6 comes with performance improvements as well as some useful new features. Here’s a run down of what’s included in the latest update.
What’s New in WordPress 4.6
Broken Link Checker
The latest version of WordPress has a broken link checker baked right into the platform. As you insert links in your content, WordPress will immediately notify you if you have made an error. The platform will highlight broken links similar to how it highlights typos, giving you an opportunity to correct the error before publishing.
“Save often” is a piece of advice from one of my college professors that I’ll never forget. You never know when a catastrophe will happen causing you to lose your work if it hasn’t been recently saved. With the new version of WordPress you can worry less about lost work. Content will be safely stored in your browser as you type, ready to be recovered should an incident occur.
Never again will you have to go through multiple pages when updating or installing plugins and themes. Now, updates and installations will occur on the same page you’re already on. The process is very similar to downloading and updating apps on a mobile phone. Simply click on ‘update’ or ‘install’ and the action will be performed without having to take you to another page.
Loading the WordPress dashboard is about to get a speed boost by utilizing the fonts you already have stored on your device. This will make moving around in the WordPress dashboard more efficient and allow you to get work done faster.
In addition to what has been mentioned above, WordPress 4.6 comes with a number of under-the-hood performance and stability improvements. For more details please refer to the company’s official announcement post.
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Author: Matt Southern