What’s Coming in WordPress 4.0 (Features and Screenshots)

WordPress 4.0 Beta 1 was released yesterday. This is a major release with some really cool features and improvements. In this article, we will show you what new features are coming in WordPress 4.0 along with their screenshots.

Please note that WordPress 4.0 is still in beta. Some of the features mentioned here may not make into the final release.

You can test WordPress 4.0 beta on your PC, Mac, or in a staging environment by using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin.

Having that said let’s take a dive into what’s coming in WordPress 4.0.

Better Internationalization From The Start

If you wanted to install WordPress in other languages, then you would have to install a localized version of WordPress or manually upload the translation files.

In WordPress 4.0, installing WordPress in other languages will be a lot easier. Users can choose the language for their site as the first step of the install process, and the rest of their installation will continue in user’s chosen language.

Language selection during the install process in WordPress 4.0

WordPress 4.0 will also allow users to switch/change the site language from WordPress admin area by going to Settings » General and choosing a language from Site Language drop down menu.

Chosing language in WordPress settings

Users will also be able to to search for plugins and themes available in their selected language.

Hopefully this will encourage more users to contribute translations for their favorite themes and plugins. Here is how to find translation ready themes and plugins for WordPress.

Media Grid View

Media Grid started as an standalone project, and is going to enter the core with WordPress 4.0. As the name suggests, it allows you to view your media library in a grid view.

Grid view for media library in WordPress 4.0

This modern interface will provide a faster way to view and manage your media files in WordPress. Clicking on a media file will open it in a modal popup where you can edit file information. You can also browse media files in the modal popup using the arrow keys.

Edit media files directly from library with one click

Post Editor Improvements

WordPress 4.0 will bring some very useful improvements to the post editor.

First of the menu bar in the editor will now stick to the top as a user writes a post. It was really annoying for new users who had to scroll up to click buttons. The editor will now resize itself as you write. The scroll bar in post editor is also gone providing a much better writing experience.

Easy scrolling when writing posts

Another improvement in post editor is displaying embeds. Users will be able to see the actual embed in the post editor when they paste a URL from a supported site like YouTube, Twitter, WordPress.tv, etc.

Embeds will be displayed inside post editor

In this release, several other oEmbed providers were added like: TED Talks, Mixcloud, CollegeHumor, YouTube Playlist URLs, etc.

Improvements in Theme Customizer

In WordPress 3.9, widgets were added to Theme Customizer. In WordPress 4.0, Widgets are moved to their own panel in Theme Customizer.

Widgets now have their own panel in theme customizer

Plugin Install Experience

An improved user experience for plugin install screens is another important change in WordPress 4.0. Plugin search results as well as popular and featured plugin details are changed to show plugins in a nice grid.

Plugin install experience in WordPress 4.0

The plugin install experience is still work in progress, so hopefully there will be more improvements in the final release such as plugin headers and more.

For Developers

Customizer and Panel API has several changes which will allow theme and plugin developers to create custom panels and user interface elements in the customizer.

WordPress 4.0 is going to be an exciting new release. Let us know what are your favorite features in WordPress 4.0 and what features you would like to see in upcoming releases.

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