August 29, 2014 in WordPress Designer News

WordPress Designer News – WordPress 4.0 RC1

With the release of WordPress 4.0 just around the corner, the first Release Candidate has been made available.

In Release Candidate 1 they have refined a few things that they had been working on since the release of WordPress 4.0 Beta 1, all thanks to those of you who took part in the Beta testing.

To test WordPress 4.0 RC1, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want ‘bleeding edge nightlies’ to keep up to date).


WordPress 4.0 is scheduled to be released next week.

If you want to learn more about what’s to come in WordPress 4.0, visit the About screen in your dashboard ( → About in the toolbar).

Hopefully, you are looking forward to the new release as much as I am.

Here is a quick rundown of what they have been working on:

  • Previews of embedding via URLs in the visual editor and the “Insert from URL” tab in the media modal – Try pasting a URL (such as a or YouTube video) onto its own line in the visual editor (#28195#15490)
  • The Media Library now has a “grid” view in addition to the existing list view – Clicking on an item takes you into a modal where you can see a larger preview and edit information about that attachment, and you can navigate between items right from the modal without closing it (#24716)
  • We’re freshening up the plugin install experience – You’ll see some early visual changes as well as more information when searching for plugins and viewing details (#28785#27440)
  • Selecting a language when you run the installation process (#28577)
  • The editor intelligently resizes and its top and bottom bars pin when needed – Browsers don’t like to agree on where to put things like cursors, so if you find a bug here, please also let us know your browser and operating system (#28328)
  • We’ve made some improvements to how your keyboard and cursor interact withTinyMCE views such as the gallery preview. Much like the editor resizing and scrolling improvements, knowing about your setup is particularly important for bug reports here (#28595)
  • Widgets in the Customizer are now loaded in a separate panel (#27406)
  • We’ve also made some changes to some formatting functions, so if you see quotes curling in the wrong direction, please file a bug report

You can download the release candidate here (zip).

If you are a developer, then please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.0 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version 4.0 in the readme before next week.

If you find compatibility problems, please be sure to post any issues to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release.

You also may want to give your plugin an icon, which we launched last week and will appear in the dashboard along with banners.

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