The new version of WordPress 4.6 is now available! In order to keep the software current and to add enhancements, WordPress comes out with major updates a few times a year. The newest version, WordPress 4.6, is named “Pepper” to honor jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III.
The WordPress 4.6 is considered a “major” update (ie. It’s not a minor security update.). Unless your hosting company handles it for you, you will most likely need to run your update by logging into your WordPress admin panel.
Not sure how to update your WordPress? Check out my handy step by step guide and video on How to Update WordPress to the Latest Version.
Here are the Highlights of WordPress 4.6
Update, Install, and Delete Plugins or Themes without Leaving the Plugin or Themes Page
When you update a plugin or a theme, for example, you no longer need to be taken to a different page when the update is complete. The action will be performed right on the same page.
This function is available for all actions (installation, deletion, and update) for both plugins and themes. If you are a multitasker, you will love this feature as you’ll less likely lose track of what you are doing on these pages while taking care of other tasks.
Automatically Check for Broken Links
Have you put in a broken hyperlink on your site by mistake? Most of us probably have while trying to get things done fast! Well, WordPress 4.6 has a built-in link checker that tells you as soon as you add a broken link, right in the page/post editor screen.
Recover Content Even When You Are Offline
Internet went down while working on this week’s blog post? No problem. WordPress 4.6 saves what you write as you write to the browser locally. The saved content can also be recovered right from the WordPress editor screen. This will give you a peace of mind as we all know Internet can and does go down for various reasons.
Better Performance, Faster Speed
WordPress 4.6 also includes lots of under the hood improvements on the performance/speed. Although you won’t visually see these changes, you might experience that your website loads faster or it now takes less time to perform various tasks in the WordPress admin panel, all thanks to these improvements.
You can read about WordPress 4.6 in WordPress.org’s blog post here.
Enjoy the WordPress 4.6! And please add comments below if you want to share your experience with this latest WordPress release.
Oh and don’t forget to check out my step by step guide and video on How to Update WordPress to the Latest Version.