WordPress 4.8 has been released. What's new? Widgets

  • Friday, 9th June, 2017
  • 16:07pm

Brilliant News! WordPress 4.8 has been released and it has some great new functionality to improve and ease your use of the software.

From the release statement:

Though some updates seem minor, they’ve been built by hundreds of contributors with you in mind. Get ready for new features you’ll welcome like an old friend: link improvements, three new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, an updated text widget that supports visual editing, and an upgraded news section in your dashboard which brings in nearby and upcoming WordPress events.

New Widget Features

WordPress 4.8 Image Widgets

Image Widget

Previously to add an image to a widget you would need to manually writing in the HTML code needed to pull in the image, then add the alt tag, title, etc. Now it is as simple as adding an image to the media gallery

4.8 Release NotesAdding an image to a widget is now a simple task that is achievable for any WordPress user without needing to know code. Simply insert your image right within the widget settings. Try adding something like a headshot or a photo of your latest weekend adventure — and see it appear automatically.

Video Widget

Video marketing is a great way to promote your business, whether you use use these as helpful HOWTO videos or a quick 60 second business intro this new media widget will help you to really showcase your content.

4.8 Release NotesA welcome video is a great way to humanise the branding of your website. You can now add any video from the Media Library to a sidebar on your site with the new Video widget. Use this to showcase a welcome video to introduce visitors to your site or promote your latest and greatest content.

Audio Widget

Got an audio track you would like to showcase? WordPress 4.8 has added a an easy way to publish this to your site and place in any widget area.

4.8 Release NotesAre you a podcaster, musician, or avid blogger? Adding a widget with your audio file has never been easier. Upload your audio file to the Media Library, go to the widget settings, select your file, and you’re ready for listeners. This would be a easy way to add a more personal welcome message, too!

Rich Text Widget

In our opinion this feature has been needed for some time. It has been easy to add any text to a standard text widget but you needed to know HTML to get any styling; This new widget brings in the power of WYSIWYG editor to any widget area. Want to add a call to action? Easy. Add an company vision statement? Easy.

4.8 Release NotesThis feature deserves a parade down the centre of town! Rich-text editing capabilities are now native for Text widgets. Add a widget anywhere and format away. Create lists, add emphasis, and quickly and easily insert links. Have fun with your newfound formatting powers, and watch what you can accomplish in a short amount of time.

What's your favourite feature?

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