WordPress 4.4 – What’s New?

WordPress 4.4 – What’s New?

John Hewick

WordPress 4.4, released late last year and named Clifford after the jazz great Clifford Brown, trumpeter extraordinaire. It’s set to make the year 2016 very exciting indeed.

No matter what you love WordPress for, there’s something built in to make it even easier for you.

Bloggers will be pleased with the newer responsive images, which sizes images based on a user’s screen dimensions. The attributes srcset and sizes from the RICG Responsive Images plugin are now added to the core which means front-end load times are reduced with smaller, streamlined images.

2016 also sees a new default theme, done in a clean blog design with fluid grids. There are also custom colours in dark, gray, red, and yellow as well as the default black and white, options for menu positions, a social menu, full-width layouts, sidebar optional and the usual custom background alongside flexible headers.

Embedding links has been made easier. You can now simply post links in the post editor to see an instant embed preview which has title, except and image if there is one.

For developers, there’s the REST API integration. We’ve probably talked enough about that for now, but that isn’t all. There are also improvements in Wp_comment_query with a number of new parameters added including:

  • comment_in: array of comment IDs to include
  • $update_comment_meta_cache: Default true, primes metadata cache for comments found
  • $no_found_rows: Default true, disables SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS query
  • $hierarchical: Default false; can be set to true to return comment descendants in results for nested (threaded) comment structures
  • $update_comment_post_cache: Default false; can be set to true to prime cache for comment posts

This should help WordPress performance and simplify the comment queries process.

Wp_term, Wp_Comment, and Wp_Network have all been added to core classes in WordPress 4.4 also, which makes terms, comments, and multisite interactions much easier to handle via code.

All in all, it’s looking like there are some fantastic changes to WordPress which will benefit everyone.

John Hewick

Author John Hewick

John is a full stack developer, with 10 years’ experience building websites with WordPress. Working with Elementary Digital for the last 4 years John has met all the challenges that have been sent his way.

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