Easy WP Guide http://easywpguide.com An easy to follow guide to help you understand the basics of editing your WordPress site Mon, 19 Jun 2017 03:31:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 http://easywpguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/cropped-ewpg-site-icon-32x32.png Easy WP Guide http://easywpguide.com 32 32 Easy WP Guide for WordPress 4.8 is now available http://easywpguide.com/2017/06/easy-wp-guide-for-wordpress-48-is-now-available/ http://easywpguide.com/2017/06/easy-wp-guide-for-wordpress-48-is-now-available/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 01:41:02 +0000 http://easywpguide.com/?p=66162 WordPress 4.8, named “Evans” in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans, was just released a few days ago. It’s available for download from WordPress.org or you can update in your WordPress dashboard. Of course, whenever a major version of WordPress is released it means that I also update the Easy WP […]

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WordPress 4.8, named “Evans” in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans, was just released a few days ago. It’s available for download from WordPress.org or you can update in your WordPress dashboard. Of course, whenever a major version of WordPress is released it means that I also update the Easy WP Guide.

New Widgets

It's been a while since WordPress has seen any new widgets added to core. WordPress 4.8 changes that with three brand new widgets and an exciting update to an old favourite.

Image Widget
Adding an image to your sidebars is now super easy! Just drag the Image Widget to your sidebar, upload an image and Bam! You're done! Not surprisingly, you can also add a link to your image if needed.

Video Widget
The Video Widget allows you to easily add videos to your sidebars. You can select videos that you've uploaded to your site, or you can just as easily paste a URL from a video streaming service such as YouTube or Vimeo.

Audio Widget
Just like the video widget, the Audio Widget allows you to add audio content to your sidebars. Either select an audio file that you've uploaded or simply paste a URL from another audio service.

Text Widget
The good ol' text widget has been given a much needed improvement with the addition of a cut-down TinyMCE editor. Now you can easily format your text widget content by adding styles like Bold and italic, add bullet points or even numbered lists. Even more exciting though, is the ability to add links without having to write any html.

Improved Link Boundaries

Ever had issues trying to edit links or text around links? I know I have! You try to add text to the start of a link and it adds it as plain text, rather than to the link itself. Or vice-versa, you try to add text next to a link and you ended up adding it to the link itself. Uugh! So frustrating!

Well, good news folks! With WordPress 4.8 they've done some great work to improve the boundaries around your links which makes it much easy to control whether you're editing the link itself, or the text either side of it. Check out the video below to see how much easier it is to edit your links.

WordPress Events

It's now even easier to get involved in the awesome WordPress community. There's a new panel in your WordPress Dashboard that will show you all upcoming WordCamps and official WordPress Meetups — local to you.

Additional Features

As is usual with every WordPress version, there's also lots of changes under-the-hood, which you may or may not notice.

Removal of Core Support for WMV and WMA Files

As fewer and fewer browsers support Silverlight, file formats which require the presence of the Silverlight plugin are being removed from core support. Files will still display as a download link, but will no longer be embedded automatically.

Text-Editor JavaScript API

With the addition of TinyMCE to the text widget in 4.8 comes a new JavaScript API for instantiating the editor after page load. This can be used to add an editor instance to any text area, and customize it with buttons and functions. This will be really handy plugin authors!

Media Widgets API

The introduction of a new base media widget REST API schema to 4.8 opens up possibilities for even more media widgets (like galleries or playlists) in the future.

Customizer Width Variable

It's been a long time coming, but the Customizer is now slightly wider. New responsive breakpoints have been added to the customizer sidebar to make it wider on high-resolution screens. Unfortunately, it's still not user-resizable, but at least it's a start.

Latest Guide Updates

As with each guide update, numerous screenshots have been updated making sure that what you see in the guide is exactly what you see when using your WordPress Dashboard.

Head on over to the download page to download the latest version of the Easy WP Guide, or if you want to get stuck straight into it, you can always read it online.

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Easy WP Guide for WordPress 4.7 is now available http://easywpguide.com/2016/12/easy-wp-guide-for-wordpress-47-is-now-available/ Fri, 23 Dec 2016 04:59:22 +0000 http://easywpguide.com/?p=57011 WordPress 4.7, named “Vaughan” in honor of legendary jazz vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, was released earlier this month. It’s available for download from WordPress.org or you can update in your WordPress dashboard. As is usual, whenever a major version of WordPress is released I also update the Easy WP Guide to include all the new […]

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WordPress 4.7, named “Vaughan” in honor of legendary jazz vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, was released earlier this month. It’s available for download from WordPress.org or you can update in your WordPress dashboard. As is usual, whenever a major version of WordPress is released I also update the Easy WP Guide to include all the new features and changes.

New default theme

WordPress 4.7 brings with it a brand new default theme, named Twenty Seventeen. Twenty Seventeen is a business focused site and features a flexible front page that has multiple sections which you can easily customise through the WordPress Customizer.

Customizer updates

The WordPress Customizer has been tweaked to make it more usable. The Customizer will now show icon shortcuts, highlighting areas which can be customised. Clicking on the icon which will take you directly to that edit panel in the Customizer. Along with that, the header section in the Customizer will now allow videos as well as images. One thing to note though, both of these features need to be enabled in the Theme that you're using, so if you're not seeing them in the Customizer, it's most likely due to your theme not taking advantage of these extra features.

Two features that you can take advantage of, with any theme, is easier menu setup and custom css. When you're editing your menu in the Customizer now, you can create new Pages and Posts right within the Customizer. This is great when you're just setting up your site and you haven't finished adding all your content yet. The Customizer now allows you to add custom css to your site as well, which is super handy for making all those little style tweaks that you might want to make to your site.

 

PDF Thumbnail Previews

When you upload a PDF to your Media Library now, WordPress will generate a thumbnail image which makes it easier to distinguish between all your documents. This new feature will require your website host to support Imagick and ImageMagick. Also, this new feature will only apply to new PDF's you upload, not previously uploaded PDF's. If you're not seeing the PDF Thumbnails, then contact your web host to see it they support Imagick and ImageMagick on their hosting.

WP REST API

WordPress now enables REST API endpoints for posts, comments, terms, users, meta, and settings. Although the majority of users wont see any visible changes to their site, expect to see more WordPress core functionality, Plugins and Themes making use of these new REST API Endpoints in the future.

Additional Features

Posts can now utilise WordPress templates, just like pages. More themes are likely to take use of this new feature in the future.  WordPress 4.7 includes new functions, hooks, and behaviour for theme developers. The code that lies beneath actions and filters has also been overhauled and modernised, along with fixing numerous bugs, which is more great news for developers.

WordPress contributors come from all over the globe. This release see 482 contributors with props, which is the most ever. A big thanks to all those that contribute to help improve WordPress with each release.

Latest Guide Updates

With this latest version of the Easy WP Guide, numerous screenshots have been updated making sure that what you see in the guide is exactly what you see when using your Dashboard.

Head on over to the download page to download the latest version of the Easy WP Guide, or if you want to get stuck straight into it, you can read it online.

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Easy WP Guide for WordPress 4.6 is Released http://easywpguide.com/2016/09/easy-wp-guide-for-wordpress-4-6-is-released/ Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:16:43 +0000 http://easywpguide.com/?p=51985 The latest and greatest version of WordPress was released a few weeks ago. Named “Pepper” in honour of jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III, it’s available for download from WordPress.org or you can update in your WordPress dashboard. As is usual, whenever a major version of WordPress is released I also update the […]

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The latest and greatest version of WordPress was released a few weeks ago. Named “Pepper” in honour of jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III, it’s available for download from WordPress.org or you can update in your WordPress dashboard. As is usual, whenever a major version of WordPress is released I also update the Easy WP Guide to include all the new features and changes.

Streamlined Updates

WordPress 4.6 provides a simpler workflow when adding and activating themes and plugins on your site. Everything is now completed on the one screen, rather than across multiple.

Installing a new theme in WP4.6

Native Fonts

The Dashboard now uses native system fonts, rather than using the Open Sans web font making it load faster.

Inline Link Checker

When adding content now, the Visual Editor will let you know if you mistype a URL when adding a link. With the built in Inline Link Checker, WordPress will validate that the URL you enter is formed correctly. If you make a mistake with the URL, such as adding a space in the middle of it, WordPress will highlight the link with a red dotted outline.

Inline Link Checker

Content Recovery

Content drafts are now saved locally to your browser in the event that you lose your internet connection. When you return to edit your page, WordPress will let you know if there's a more recent version of your content saved locally.

Additional Features

Behind the scenes, both the Meta Registration API and the Customizer API have been updated and improved and standard JavaScript libraries like Masonry, MediaElement and Backbone have been updated, along with a few others. If you run a Multisite network, you should also find significant speed improvements in your network admin experience due site query improvements.

Latest Guide Updates

With this latest version of the Easy WP Guide, every single screenshot has been updated making sure that what you see in the guide is exactly what you see when using your Dashboard.

Head on over to the download page to download the latest version of the Easy WP Guide, or if you want to get stuck straight into it, you can read it online.

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Easy WP Guide for WordPress 4.5 is Released http://easywpguide.com/2016/05/easy-wp-guide-for-wordpress-4-5-is-released/ Tue, 10 May 2016 07:50:36 +0000 http://easywpguide.com/?p=44828 You've most likely heard by now that WordPress 4.5 was just released a few weeks ago. Named “Coleman” in honour of jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, it's available for download from WordPress.org or you can update in your WordPress dashboard. As is usual, whenever a major version of WordPress is released I also update the Easy WP Guide to include all the new features and changes.

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You've most likely heard by now that WordPress 4.5 was released a few weeks ago. Named “Coleman” in honour of jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, it's available for download from WordPress.org or you can update in your WordPress dashboard. As is usual, whenever a major version of WordPress is released I also update the Easy WP Guide to include all the new features and changes.

Editing Improvements

One of the big changes this time around is the tweaks to the Visual Editor. When adding a link to your text, you're now prompted with a simple inline toolbar, rather than an annoying popup window. Of course, if you still want to view the popup window, you still have that choice as well, just by clicking on the Link options icon.

inline-link-toolbar

There's also a couple of extra formatting shortcuts. There are now shorcuts for adding horizontal lines and code blocks.

Customizer Updates

The Customizer now gives you the ability to preview your site as it would appear on a mobile device, tablet device or your desktop. Simply click one of the preview icons and the Customizer live preview will change accordingly.

Customizer responsive icons

Additional Features

Under the hood, the image compression on uploaded images has been tweaked so that images now load up to 50% faster with no noticeable quality loss. There is also better support for script header/footer dependencies. A number of JavaScript libraries have also been updated (jQuery 1.12.3, jQuery Migrate 1.4.0, Backbone 1.2.3, and Underscore 1.8.3).

Head on over to the download page to download the latest version of the Easy WP Guide, or if you want to get stuck straight into it, you can read it online.

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Easy WP Guide for WordPress 4.4 is Released http://easywpguide.com/2015/12/easy-wp-guide-for-wordpress-4-4-is-released/ http://easywpguide.com/2015/12/easy-wp-guide-for-wordpress-4-4-is-released/#comments Sun, 20 Dec 2015 07:12:05 +0000 http://easywpguide.com/?p=35188 WordPress 4.4 has just been released. Named “Clifford” in honour of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, it’s now available for download from WordPress.org or you can update in your WordPress dashboard. As usual, when WordPress is updated I update the Easy WP Guide to include all the new features and changes. Twenty Sixteen WordPress 4.4 brings […]

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WordPress 4.4 has just been released. Named “Clifford” in honour of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, it’s now available for download from WordPress.org or you can update in your WordPress dashboard. As usual, when WordPress is updated I update the Easy WP Guide to include all the new features and changes.

Twenty Sixteen

WordPress 4.4 brings with it a new default theme, Twenty Sixteen.

Twenty Sixteen was built with a fluid grid so it looks great across any device. It's a classic blog design with a modern look. Twenty Sixteen has multiple colour schemes built in along with the ability to tweak the colours all from within the WordPress Customizer so giving it your own look is super easy.

Twenty Sixteen

Responsive Images

One of the most exciting features with WordPress 4.4 is that it now has responsive images. WordPress will automatically serve the right image size based on the device your site vistitors are using. WordPress images now use the srcset and sizes attributes. This allows your site to display an image based on the visitors device, and since it works straight out of the box, you don’t need to do anything.

Responsive devices

WordPress Embeds

For years now, you've been able to embed content from other sites such as Twitter, YouTube, and a host of other sites, simply by adding the URL into your content. In WP 4.4, you can now do the same with other WordPress sites. Onced added, you'll see an instant embed preview, complete with the title, excerpt, and featured image if one is set. The embed will also include the site icon and links for comments and sharing.

New Embeds Feature in WordPress 4.4

Additional Features

Under the hood, infrastructure for the REST API has been integrated into WordPress core. The REST API gives developers an easy way to build and extend RESTful APIs on top of WordPress. Infrastructure is the first part of a multi-stage rollout for the REST API. Inclusion of core endpoints is targeted for an upcoming release.

Other new core features that developers will be able to take advantage of include improvements to comment queries and metadata support in Terms.

Latest Guide Updates

With this latest version of the Easy WP Guide, there's over 40 screenshots that have been updated throughout the guide along with text updates to new and existing Dashboard features.

Head on over to the download page to download the latest version of the Easy WP Guide, or if you want to get stuck straight into it, you can read it online.

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