Welcome to WordPress 4.2.1
Version 4.2.1 addressed a security issue. For more information, see the release notes.
An easier way to share content
Clip it, edit it, publish it. Get familiar with the new and improved Press This. From the Tools menu, add Press This to your browser bookmark bar or your mobile device home screen. Once installed you can share your content with lightning speed. Sharing your favorite videos, images, and content has never been this fast or this easy.
Drag the bookmarklet below to your bookmarks bar. Then, when you’re on a page you want to share, simply “press” it.
Extended character support
Writing in WordPress, whatever your language, just got better. WordPress 4.2 supports a host of new characters out-of-the-box, including native Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters, musical and mathematical symbols, and hieroglyphs.
Don’t use any of those characters? You can still have fun — emoji are now available in WordPress! Get creative and decorate your content with , , , , and all the many other emoji.
Switch themes in the Customizer
Browse and preview your installed themes from the Customizer. Make sure the theme looks great with your content, before it debuts on your site.
Even more embeds
Paste links from Tumblr.com and Kickstarter and watch them magically appear right in the editor. With every release, your publishing and editing experience get closer together.
Streamlined plugin updates
Goodbye boring loading screen, hello smooth and simple plugin updates. Click Update Nowand watch the magic happen.
Under the Hood
Database character encoding has changed from utf8 to utf8mb4, which adds support for a whole range of new 4-byte characters.
wp.a11y.speak(). Pass it a string, and an update will be sent to a dedicated ARIA live notifications area.
Shared term splitting
Terms shared across multiple taxonomies will be split when one of them is updated. Find out more in the Plugin Developer Handbook.
Complex query ordering
WP_User_Query now support complex ordering with named meta query clauses.
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Welcome to WordPress 3.9
A smoother media editing experience
Improved visual editing
The updated visual editor has improved speed, accessibility, and mobile support. You can paste into the visual editor from your word processor without wasting time to clean up messy styling. (Yeah, we’re talking about you, Microsoft Word.)
Edit images easily
With quicker access to crop and rotation tools, it’s now much easier to edit your images while editing posts. You can also scale images directly in the editor to find just the right fit.
Drag and drop your images
Uploading your images is easier than ever. Just grab them from your desktop and drop them onto the editor.
Galleries display a beautiful grid of images right in the editor, just like they do in your published post.
Do more with audio and video
Images have galleries; now we’ve added simple audio and video playlists, so you can showcase your music and clips.
Live widget and header previews
Add, edit, and rearrange your site’s widgets right in the theme customizer. No “save and surprise” — preview your changes live and only save them when you’re ready.
The improved header image tool also lets you upload, crop, and manage headers while customizing your theme.
Stunning new theme browser
Looking for a new theme should be easy and fun. Lose yourself in the boundless supply of free WordPress.org themes with the beautiful new theme browser.
Under the Hood
Semantic Captions and Galleries
Theme developers have new options for images and galleries that use intelligent HTML5 markup.
Inline Code Documentation
Every action and filter hook in WordPress is now documented, along with expanded documentation for the media manager and customizer APIs.
Updated libraries: TinyMCE 4, jQuery 1.11, Backbone 1.1, Underscore 1.6, Plupload 2, MediaElement 2.14, Masonry 3.
Improved Database Layer
Database connections are now more fault-resistant and have improved compatibility with PHP 5.5 and MySQL 5.6.
New Utility Functions
Identify a hook in progress with
doing_filter(), and manipulate custom image sizes with
Plugins and themes registering custom image sizes can now register suggested cropping points. For example, prevent heads from being cropped out of photos with a top-center crop.
REVISIONS, Media Player and really nice default TWENTY THIRTEEN theme!
Colorful New Theme
Introducing Twenty Thirteen
The new default theme puts focus on your content with a colorful, single-column design made for media-rich blogging.
Inspired by modern art, Twenty Thirteen features quirky details, beautiful typography, and bold, high-contrast colors — all with a flexible layout that looks great on any device, big or small.
Write with Confidence
From the first word you write, WordPress saves every change. Each revision is always at your fingertips. Text is highlighted as you scroll through revisions at lightning speed, so you can see what changes have been made along the way.
It’s easy to compare two revisions from any point in time, and to restore a revision and go back to writing. Now you can be confident that no mistake is permanent.
Never lose a word you’ve written. Autosaving is now even better; whether your power goes out, your browser crashes, or you lose your internet connection, your content is safe.
Better Post Locking
Always know who’s editing with live updates that appear in the list of posts. And if someone leaves for lunch with a post open, you can take over where they left off.
Support for Audio and Video
New Media Player
Share your audio and video with the new built-in HTML5 media player. Upload files using the media manager and embed them in your posts.
Embed Music from Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud
Embed songs and albums from your favorite artists, or playlists you’ve mixed yourself. It’s as simple as pasting a URL into a post on its own line.
(Love another service? Check out all of the embeds that WordPress supports.)
Under the Hood
The new audio/video APIs give developers access to powerful media metadata, like ID3 tags.
Themes can now choose improved HTML5 markup for comment forms, search forms, and comment lists.
Search content for shortcodes with
has_shortcode() and adjust shortcode attributes with a new filter.
Fine-grained revision controls allow you to keep a different number of revisions for each post type.
New and updated libraries: MediaElement.js, jQuery 1.10.2, jQuery UI 1.10.3, jQuery Migrate, Backbone 1.0.