Major Customizer Improvements, Code Error Checking
There’s really a lot of enhancement in this release from an Operator perspective. Contributor Support has also grown by leaps and bounds which is very exciting.
WordPress 4.9 – Photo Credit: WordPress.org, Tipton
Design Draft and Scheduling
*includes preview links pre-publish
-Code Syntax Highlighting, Error Checking
*shows CSS errors, supported in new HTML Widget
*pre-panel error save block/check
New Widgets, Widget Features
-New Gallery Widget
-New Enhanced HTML Widget
-Add Media Button in Widget
Site Building Improvements
-Widget stabilization on theme switching
-Pre-Theme application preview enhancements
-CodeMirror Integration for Syntax Highlighting
-Lessened jQuery Dependence in MediaElement
-New Capabilities for More Granular Plugin Connections
This release was led by Mel Choice and Weston Ruter with the help of 443 Contributors. Read the official release page for more details
*as a comparison, WordPress 4.6 had 272 Contributors
Multisite, now faster than ever!
Cached and comprehensive site queries improve your network admin experience. The addition of WP_Site_Query and WP_Network_Query help craft advanced queries with less effort.
Theme add and activation work flow changes to one screen
Editor improvements – shows broken link
Lost Internet connection – drafts saved locally to browser
WordPress Dashboard uses native fonts from Operating System resulting in loading improvements (speed up)
Masonry 3.3.2, imagesLoaded 3.2.0, MediaElement.js 2.22.0, TinyMCE 4.4.1, and Backbone.js 1.3.3 are bundled.
This release was led by Dominik Schilling with the help of 272 Contributors. Read the official release page for WordPress 4.6
4.2 Powell brings an enhanced theme customizer, plugin updates from one screen (page) and social share via PressThis amongst many, many other improvements. EMOJI Insanity!