This week, the WordPress 4.9 field guide was published, which summarizes the larger new features and improvements of 4.9 and links to the dev notes. Continue reading WordPress weekly recap #45: 4.9 field guide and more
This week, WordPress 4.8.3 was released. The new version fixes a security issue, so updating is strongly encouraged. Continue reading WordPress weekly recap #44: WordPress 4.8.3 and more
This week, several dev notes for new features in WordPress 4.9 were published.
- »This week in WordPress Accessibility, October 24, 2017«. Among other things, the team set its focus for 5.0: the accessibility of Gutenberg.
Code editing improvements in 4.9
WordPress 4.9 comes with several improvements for the code editing. It brings CodeMirror for syntax highlighting, linting for CSS, JS, HTML, and JSON, and auto-completion for CSS, JS, and HTML. It is implemented into the HTML widget, the Custom CSS control, and the file editors.
Besides that, 4.9 comes with a method for detecting PHP errors, which are results of changes in the theme and plugin editor. This method tests the editor view and homepage after saving, and if there is a fatal error, it rolls back the changes. Much more on that in the post »Code Editing Improvements in WordPress 4.9« by Weston Ruter.
New Themes Experience in the customizer in 4.9
4.9 brings a new themes experience in the customizer, which allows browsing, previewing, and installing themes from the WordPress.org repo directly in the customizer. It is extendable, so third-party theme directories can integrate there own theme via plugins.
More about that in the post »A New Themes Experience in the Customizer« by Nick Halsey.
Widget improvements in 4.9
WordPress 4.9 allows shortcodes, media, and embeds in the text widget. The video widget now supports all oEmbed provider for video.
Besides that, the sidebar mapping at switching a theme was improved, and there is an indication if a widget change was saved, and a warning if the user wants to leave the widget screen with unsaved changes. More about that in Weston’s post »Widget Improvements in WordPress 4.9«.
- »Changes to the screen-reader-text CSS class in WordPress 4.9«.
- »What’s new in Gutenberg? (24th October)«. Among other things: metabox support.
- »Improvements in REST API request parameter regular expressions«.
- »WordPress 4.9 Beta 4«.
- »Dev Chat Summary: October 25th (4.9 week 13)«.
One at a time
Since last week, a developer can only have one plugin in the review queue at a time. This is not meant to hold the queue low, but because there are many people not getting back to the plugin team and not finishing reviews. Some of them miss or lose the email, some do not know what to do with that, and some just want a plugin review and not use the directory.
This restriction was made to prevent the latter. More on that in the post »One At A Time« by Mika Epstein.
The third beta version of WordPress 4.9 was published this week, and Mika Epstein published a post about things to keep in mind as a plugin dev before selling your plugin. Continue reading WordPress weekly recap #42: research before selling your plugin and more
The WordPress 4.9 release will contain a few improvements for the account security. Continue reading WordPress weekly recap #41: account security improvements in 4.9 and more
The first beta of WordPress 4.9 was released, and the core team needs your help testing it. Continue reading WordPress weekly recap #40: WordPress 4.9 Beta 1 and more
This week the core team integrated the gallery widget into the core – it will be part of WordPress 4.9. Continue reading WordPress weekly recap #39: gallery widget and more
This week the core team releases WordPress 4.8.2, which fixes several security issues. Continue reading WordPress weekly recap #38: WordPress 4.8.2 and more
This week, the CodeMirror integration was merged into core. That is a code editor which will be available for the theme and plugin editor, the HTML widget and the custom CSS field in the customizer. Continue reading WordPress weekly recap #37: CodeMirror integration and more
Proposal for JS Standards Revision
There are a few exceptions in the JS coding standards, regarding the white space usage in arrays and functions. Andrew Duthie proposed to remove at least some of those exceptions. You can read more about that in his post »Proposal for JS Standards Revision: Removing Array/Function Whitespace Exceptions«.
- »Multisite Recap for the Week of August 28th«.
- »What’s new in Gutenberg (September 5)«. Among other things, the team added the slash shortcut for new blocks.
- »Removing SWFUpload«.
- »Dev Chat Summary: September 6th (4.9 week 6)«.