Today WordPress.org has launched the latest version of WordPress – WordPress 4.4. The new WordPress 4.4 features will help you to make your site more connected and responsive. You can download the new release from your WordPress dashboard or WordPress.org/Download (7.3MB).
The new Version WordPress – Clifford is named in honor of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown. It also has a new default theme, Twenty Sixteen which is said to be a “modern take on a classic blog design”.
Twenty Sixteen theme has a fluid grid design, flexible header, fun color schemes and many more, which will make your content shine & look great on any device. So no need to make any modifications to your theme as it will give you truly responsive images.
WordPress 4.4 Features List
There are a number of improvements on this new release. Few of them are:
- REST API infrastructure: Infrastructure for the REST API is incorporated into core, marking a new era in developing with WordPress. Developers can now easily build and extend RESTful APIs on top of WordPress. Infrastructure is the first part of a multi-stage rollout for the REST API. Core endpoints are included with the target for an upcoming release.
- Term meta: Just like posts, Terms now support the metadata. You can see add_term_meta(), get_term_meta(), and update_term_meta() for more information.
- Comment query improvements: The new WordPress version now have the cache handling in the Comment queries to improve performance. New arguments in WP_Comment_Query make crafting robust comment queries simpler.
- Term, comment, and network objects: New WP_Term, WP_Comment, and WP_Network objects make interacting with terms, comments, and networks more predictable and intuitive in code.
WordPress Embed Options
Another great feature of this new WordPress version is that now you can embed your posts on other WordPress sites. To do that you just need to drop a post URL into the editor and see an instant embed preview. Then complete that with the title, excerpt and featured image in case you have already set one. Even your site icon and links for comments and sharing will also be included.
WordPress 4.4 also support for five new oEmbed providers: Cloudup, Reddit Comments, ReverbNation, Speaker Deck, and VideoPress in addition to the post embeds.
Works for WordPress 4.5 is already started. We can expect that it will come up with some more great features added on this WordPress 4.4 release.