WordCamp Auckland – March 11-12 2017


Our WordPress friends in Auckland are running a WordCamp, the first one in NZ for a while and they’re keen to spread the word! If you’d like to go, or you have NZ connections who’d be interested would you help publicise the event for them? There are limited seats, the lineup is looking fab and they’d love to see the event really shine! Better still, they’d love to see you there!

There’ll be some awesome people from all over the WordPress community – and, tickets are limited to 100 attendees. Best to get in early!!

Tickets available here – https://2017.auckland.wordcamp.org/tickets/

List of the Speakers (more to come) – https://2017.auckland.wordcamp.org/speakers/

List of Sessions (also more to come) – https://2017.auckland.wordcamp.org/sessions/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1540575722637192/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wordcampnz/status/819084970916331521

WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan”

Version 4.7 of WordPress, named “Vaughan” in honour of legendary jazz vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.7 help you get your site set up the way you want it.

Presenting Twenty Seventeen

A brand new default theme brings your site to life with immersive featured images and video headers.

Twenty Seventeen focuses on business sites and features a customisable front page with multiple sections. Personalise it with widgets, navigation, social menus, a logo, custom colours, and more. Our default theme for 2017 works great in many languages, on any device, and for a wide range of users.

Your Site, Your Way

WordPress 4.7 adds new features to the customiser to help take you through the initial setup of a theme, with non-destructive live previews of all your changes in one uninterrupted workflow.

Theme Starter Content

To help give you a solid base to build from, individual themes can provide starter content that appears when you go to customise your brand new site. This can range from placing a business information widget in the best location to providing a sample menu with social icon links to a static front page complete with beautiful images. Don’t worry – nothing new will appear on the live site until you’re ready to save and publish your initial theme setup.

Edit Shortcuts

Visible icons appear to show you which parts of your site can be customised while live previewing. Click on a shortcut and get straight to editing. Paired with starter content, getting started with customising your site is faster than ever.

Video Headers

Sometimes a big atmospheric video as a moving header image is just what you need to showcase your wares; go ahead and try it out with Twenty Seventeen. Need some video inspiration? Try searching for sites with video headers available for download and use.

Smoother Menu Building

Many menus for sites contain links to the pages of your site, but what happens when you don’t have any pages yet? Now you can add new pages while building menus instead of leaving the customiser and abandoning your changes. Once you’ve published your customisations, you’ll have new pages ready for you to fill with content.

Custom CSS

Sometimes you just need a few visual tweaks to make your site perfect. WordPress 4.7 allows you to add custom CSS and instantly see how your changes affect your site. The live preview allows you to work quickly without page refreshes slowing you down.

PDF Thumbnail Previews

Managing your document collection is easier with WordPress 4.7. Uploading PDFs will generate thumbnail images so you can more easily distinguish between all your documents.

Dashboard in your language

Just because your site is in one language doesn’t mean that everybody helping manage it prefers that language for their admin. Add more languages to your site and a user language option will show up in your user’s profiles.

Introducing REST API Content Endpoints

WordPress 4.7 comes with REST API endpoints for posts, comments, terms, users, meta, and settings.

Content endpoints provide machine-readable external access to your WordPress site with a clear, standards-driven interface, paving the way for new and innovative methods of interacting with sites through plugins, themes, apps, and beyond. Ready to get started with development? Check out the REST API reference.

Even More Developer Happiness 😊

Post Type Templates

By opening up the page template functionality to all post types, theme developers have even more flexibility with the WordPress template hierarchy.

More Theme API Goodies

WordPress 4.7 includes new functions, hooks, and behavior for theme developers.

Custom Bulk Actions

List tables, now with more than bulk edit and delete.


The code that lies beneath actions and filters has been overhauled and modernised, fixing bugs along the way.

Settings Registration API

register_setting() has been enhanced to include type, description, and REST API visibility.

Customise Changesets

Customise changesets make changes in the customiser persistent, like autosave drafts. They also make exciting new features like starter content possible.

The Squad

This release was led by Helen Hou-Sandí, backed up by Jeff Paul and Aaron Jorbin as Release Deputies, and with the help of these fine individuals. There are 482 contributors with props in this release—the most ever—with 205 of them contributing for the first time. Pull up some sassy Sarah Vaughan on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:

Aaron D. Campbell, abrightclearweb, Achal Jain, achbed, Acme Themes, Adam Silverstein, adammacias, Ahmad Awais, ahmadawais, airesvsg, ajoah, Aki Björklund, AkshayVinchurkar, Alex Concha, Alex Dimitrov, Alex Hon, alex27, allancole, Amanda Rush, Andrea Fercia, Andreas Panag, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrey “Rarst” Savchenko, Andy Meerwaldt, Andy Mercer, Andy Skelton, Aniket Pant, Anil Basnet, Ankit K Gupta, Anthony Hortin, antisilent, Anton Timmermans, Antti Kuosmanen, apokalyptik, artoliukkonen, Arunas Liuiza, attitude, backermann, Bappi, Ben Cole, Bernhard Kau, BinaryMoon, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), BjornW, bobbingwide, boblinthorst, boboudreau, bonger, Boone B. Gorges, Brady Vercher, Brainstorm Force, Brandon Kraft, Brian Hogg, Brian Krogsgard, Bronson Quick, Caroline Moore, Casey Driscoll, Caspie, Chaos Engine, cheeserolls, chesio, chetansatasiya, choong, Chouby, chredd, Chris Jean, Chris Marslender, Chris Smith, Chris Van Patten, Chris Wiegman, chriscct7, chriseverson, Christian Wach, Christoph Herr, Clarion Technologies, Claudio Sanches, Claudio Sanches, ClaudioLaBarbera, codemovement.pk, coderkevin, codfish, coreymcollins, Curdin Krummenacher, Curtiss Grymala, cwpnolen, Cătălin Dogaru, danhgilmore, Daniel Bachhuber , Daniel Kanchev, Daniele Scasciafratte, danielpietrasik, Daryl L. L. Houston (dllh), Dave Pullig, Dave Romsey (goto10), David A. Kennedy, David Chandra Purnama, David Herrera, David Lingren, David Mosterd, David Shanske, davidbhayes, Davide ‘Folletto’ Casali, deeptiboddapati, delphinus, deltafactory, Denis de Bernardy, Derek Herman, Derrick Hammer, Derrick Koo, dimchik, dineshc, Dion Hulse, dipeshkakadiya, dmsnell, Dominik Schilling, Dotan Cohen, Doug Wollison, doughamlin, Drew Jaynes, duncanjbrown, dungengronovius, DylanAuty, Eddie Hurtig, Eduardo Reveles, Edwin Cromley, ElectricFeet, Elio Rivero, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, elyobo, enodekciw, enshrined, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Lanehart, Evan Herman, Felix Arntz, Fencer04, Florian Brinkmann, Florian TIAR, FolioVision, fomenkoandrey, Frank Klein, Frankie Jarrett, frankiet, Fred, Fredrik Forsmo, fuscata, Gabriel Maldonado, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, Geeky Software, George Stephanis, Goran Šerić, Graham Armfield, Grant Derepas, greatislander, Gregory Karpinsky (@tivnet), Hardeep Asrani, Henry Wright, hiddenpearls, Hinaloe, Hugo Baeta, Iain Poulson, iamjolly, Ian Dunn, ian.edington, idealien, Ignacio Cruz Moreno, imath, Imnok, implenton, Ionut Stanciu, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), Ivan, ivdimova, J.D. Grimes, Jacob Peattie, Jake Spurlock, James Nylen, jamesacero, Japh, Jared Cobb, jayarjo, jdolan, jdoubleu, Jeffrey de Wit, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Pry, jimt, Jip Moors, jmusal, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle, Joe McGill, Joel James, johanmynhardt, John Blackbourn, John Dittmar, John James Jacoby, John P. Bloch, John Regan, johnpgreen, Jon (Kenshino), Jonathan Bardo, Jonathan Brinley, Jonathan Daggerhart, Jonathan Desrosiers, Jonny Harris, jonnyauk, jordesign, JorritSchippers, Joseph Fusco, Josh Eaton, Josh Pollock, joshcummingsdesign, joshkadis, Joy, jrf, JRGould, Juanfra Aldasoro, Juhi Saxena, Junko Nukaga, Justin Busa, Justin Sainton, Justin Shreve, Justin Sternberg, K.Adam White, kacperszurek, Kailey (trepmal), KalenJohnson, Kat Hagan, Keanan Koppenhaver, keesiemeijer, kellbot, Kelly Dwan, Ken Newman, Kevin Hagerty, Kirk Wight, kitchin, Kite, kjbenk, Knut Sparhell, koenschipper, kokarn, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Konstantinos Kouratoras, kuchenundkakao, kuldipem, Laurel Fulford, Lee Willis, Leo Baiano, LittleBigThings, Lucas Stark, Luke Cavanagh, Luke Gedeon, lukepettway, lyubomir_popov, mageshp, Mahesh Waghmare, Mangesh Parte, Manish Songirkar, mantismamita, Marcel Bootsman, Marin Atanasov, Mario Valney, Marius L. J. (Clorith), Mark Jaquith, Mark Root-Wiley, Mark Uraine, Marko Heijnen, markshep, matrixik, Matt Banks, Matt Jaworski, Matt King, Matt Mullenweg, Matt van Andel, Matt Wiebe, Matthew Haines-Young, mattyrob, Max Cutler, Maxime Culea, Mayo Moriyama, mbelchev, mckernanin, Mel Choyce, mhowell, Michael Arestad, Michael Arestad, michalzuber, Mike Auteri, Mike Crantea, Mike Glendinning, Mike Hansen, Mike Little, Mike Schroder, Mike Viele, Milan Dinić, modemlooper, Mohammad Jangda, Mohan Dere, monikarao, morettigeorgiev, Morgan Estes, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, moto hachi ( mt8.biz ), mrbobbybryant, Naim Naimov, NateWr, nathanrice, Nazgul, Nick Halsey , nikeo, Nikhil Chavan, Nikhil Vimal, Nikolay Bachiyski, Nilambar Sharma, noplanman, nullvariable, odie2, odyssey, Okamoto Hidetaka, orvils, oskosk, Otto Kekäläinen, ovann86, Pascal Birchler, patilvikasj, Paul Bearne, Paul Wilde, Payton Swick, pdufour, Perdaan, Peter Wilson, phh, php, Piotr Delawski, pippinsplugins, pjgalbraith, pkevan, Pratik, Pressionate, Presskopp, procodewp, quasel, Rachel Baker, Rahul Prajapati, Ramanan, Rami Yushuvaev, ramiabraham, ranh, Red Sand Media Group, Rian Rietveld, Richard Tape, Robert D Payne, Robert Noakes, Rocco Aliberti, Rodrigo Primo, Rommel Castro, Ronald Araújo, Ross Wintle, Roy Sivan, Ryan Kienstra, Ryan McCue, Ryan Plas, Ryan Welcher, Sal Ferrarello, Sami Keijonen, Samir Shah, Samuel Sidler, Sandesh, Sang-Min Yoon, Sarah Gooding, Sayed Taqui, schlessera, schrapel, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, scrappy@hub.org, scribu, seancjones, Sebastian Pisula, Sergey Biryukov, Sergio De Falco, shayanys, shprink, simonlampen, skippy, smerriman, snacking, Soeren Wrede, solal, Stanimir Stoyanov, Stanko Metodiev, Steph, Steph Wells, Stephanie Leary, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steven Word, stevenlinx, stubgo, Sudar Muthu, Swapnil V. Patil, Takahashi Fumiki, Takayuki Miyauchi, Tammie Lister, tapsboy, Taylor Lovett, team, tg29359, tharsheblows, the, themeshaper, thenbrent, thomaswm, Thorsten Frommen, tierra, Tim Nash, Timmy Crawford, Timothy Jacobs, Tkama, tnegri, Tom Auger, Tom J Nowell, tomdxw, Toro_Unit (Hiroshi Urabe), Torsten Landsiedel, transl8or, traversal, Travis Smith, Triet Minh, Trisha Salas, tristangemus, Truong Giang, tsl143, Ty Carlson, Ulrich, Utkarsh, Valeriu Tihai, Vishal Kakadiya, voldemortensen, Vrunda Kansara, webbgaraget, WebMan Design | Oliver Juhas, websupporter, Weston Ruter, William Earnhardt, williampatton, Wolly aka Paolo Valenti, yale01, Yoav Farhi, Yoga Sukma, youknowriad, Zach Wills, Zack Tollman, Ze Fontainhas, zhildzik, and zsusag.

Special thanks go to Rami Abraham for producing the release video and the many fine haiku we saw in the beta and RC announcement posts.

Finally, thanks to all the community translators who worked on WordPress 4.7. Their efforts bring WordPress 4.7 fully translated to 52 languages at release time with more on the way. Additionally, the WordPress 4.7 release video has been captioned into 44 languages.

If you want to follow along or help out, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress – we hope you enjoy!

WordPress 4.6 “Pepper”

Version 4.6 of WordPress, named “Pepper” in honor of jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.6 help you to focus on the important things while feeling more at home.

Streamlined Updates

Don’t lose your place: stay on the same page while you update, install, and delete your plugins and themes.

Native Fonts

The WordPress dashboard now takes advantage of the fonts you already have, making it load faster and letting you feel more at home on whatever device you use.

Editor Improvements

Inline Link Checker

Ever accidentally made a link to https://wordpress.org/example.org? Now WordPress automatically checks to make sure you didn’t.

Content Recovery

As you type, WordPress saves your content to the browser. Recovering saved content is even easier with WordPress 4.6.

Under The Hood

Resource Hints

Resource hints help browsers decide which resources to fetch and preprocess. WordPress 4.6 adds them automatically for your styles and scripts making your site even faster.

Robust Requests

The HTTP API now leverages the Requests library, improving HTTP standard support and adding case-insensitive headers, parallel HTTP requests, and support for Internationalised Domain Names.

WP_Term_Query and WP_Post_Type

A new WP_Term_Query class adds flexibility to query term information while a new WP_Post_Type object makes interacting with post types more predictable.

Meta Registration API

The Meta Registration API has been expanded to support types, descriptions, and REST API visibility.

Translations On Demand

WordPress will install and use the newest language packs for your plugins and themes as soon as they’re available from WordPress.org’s community of translators.

JavaScript Library Updates

Masonry 3.3.2, imagesLoaded 3.2.0, MediaElement.js 2.22.0, TinyMCE 4.4.1, and Backbone.js 1.3.3 are bundled.

Customiser APIs for Setting Validation and Notifications

Settings now have an API for enforcing validation constraints. Likewise, customiser controls now support notifications, which are used to display validation errors instead of failing silently.

Multisite, now faster than ever

Cached and comprehensive site queries improve your network admin experience. The addition of WP_Site_Query and WP_Network_Query help craft advanced queries with less effort.

The Crew

This release was led by Dominik Schilling, backed up by Garth Mortensen as Release Deputy, and with the help of these fine individuals. There are 272 contributors with props in this release. Pull up some Pepper Adams on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:

A5hleyRich, Aaron Jorbin, achbed, Adam Silverstein, Adam Soucie, Adriano Ferreira, afineman, Ahmad Awais, aidvu, Aki Björklund, Alex Concha, Alex Dimitrov, Alex King, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond), alexvandervegt, Alice Brosey, Ana Aires, Andrea Fercia, Andrea Gandino, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrew Rockwell, Andy Fragen, Andy Meerwaldt, Andy Skelton, Anil Basnet, Ankit K Gupta, anneschmidt, Antti Kuosmanen, Arunas Liuiza, Barry, Barry Ceelen, bassgang, Bernhard Kau, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), bobbingwide, Boone B. Gorges, Brad Touesnard, Brandon Kraft, brianvan, Bruno Borges, Bryan Petty, Bryan Purcell, Chandra Patel, Chouby, Chris Christoff (chriscct7), Chris Mok, Chris Olbekson, Christopher Finke, christophherr, Cliff Seal, clubduece, cmillerdev, Craig Ralston, crstauf, dabnpits, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Hüsken, Daniele Scasciafratte, dashaluna, davewarfel, David A. Kennedy, David Anderson, David Brumbaugh, David Cavins, David Herrera, David Mosterd, David Shanske, Derek Herman, Devin Price, Dion Hulse, Doug Wollison, Drew Jaynes, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, elrae, Eric Andrew Lewis, Erick Hitter, Fabien Quatravaux, Faison, Felix Arntz, flyingdr, FolioVision, francescobagnoli, Frank Bueltge, Frank Klein, Frank Martin, Fredrik Forsmo, Gabriel Koen, Gabriel Maldonado, Gary Pendergast, gblsm, Geeky Software, George Stephanis, Hardeep Asrani, Helen Hou-Sandí, Henry Wright, Hugo Baeta, Iain Poulson, Ian Dunn, Ignacio Cruz Moreno, imath, Inderpreet Singh, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), J.D. Grimes, James Huff, Janne Ala-Äijälä, Jasper de Groot, javorszky, Jeff Farthing, Jeffrey de Wit, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Green, Jeremy Herve, Jeremy Ward, Jerry Bates (jerrysarcastic), Jesin A, Jip Moors, jnylen0, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle, Joe McGill, Joel Williams, Johan Falk, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, John P. Green, John_Schlick, Jon (Kenshino), Jonathan Brinley, Jonny Harris, Joost de Valk, Joseph Scott, Josh Pollock, Joshua Goodwin, jpdavoutian, jrf, jsternberg, Juanfra Aldasoro, Juhi Saxena, julesaus, Justin Sainton, Kelly Dwan, Kevin Hagerty, Kite, kjbenk, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Kurt Payne, Laurens Offereins, Luke Cavanagh, Lutz Schröer, Marcel Pol, Marius L. J. (Clorith), Mark Jaquith, Mark Uraine, martin.krcho, Matt Miklic, Matt Mullenweg, Matthew Batchelder, mattyrob, Mayeenul Islam, mdwheele, medariox, Mehul Kaklotar, Meitar, Mel Choyce, Michael Arestad, Michael Arestad, Michael Beil, Mike Bijon, Mike Hansen, Mike Schroder, Milan Dinić, Morgan Estes, moto hachi ( mt8.biz ), Mustafa Uysal, Nextendweb, Niall Kennedy, nicholas_io, Nick Halsey, Nikhil Chavan, Nilambar Sharma, Ninos, Noah, noahsilverstein, odyssey, Olar Marius, ovann86, pansotdev, Pascal Birchler, Paul Bearne, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, pcarvalho, Peter Westwood, Peter Wilson, PeterRKnight, Petter Walbø Johnsgård, Petya Raykovska, Pieter, Pollett, postpostmodern, Presskopp, prettyboymp, r-a-y, Rachel Baker, rafaelangeline, raffaella isidori, Rahul Prajapati, Rami Yushuvaev, Rask, Rian Rietveld , Richard Tape, Robin Cornett, Rodrigo Primo, Ronald Huereca, Ruud Laan, Ryan McCue, Ryan Welcher, Sören Wrede, Samantha Miller, Samir Shah, Sara Rosso, schlessera, Scott Basgaard, Scott Kingsley Clark, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, screamingdev, Sebastian Pisula, semil, Sergey Biryukov, shahpranaf, Sidati, Silvan Hagen, Simon Vikström, sirjonathan, smerriman, southp, Stanko Metodiev, Stephane Daury (stephdau), Stephen, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steven Word, stubgo, Sudar Muthu, Swapnil V. Patil, Taco Verdonschot, Takashi Irie, Tammie Lister, Taylor Lovett, theMikeD, thomaswm, Thorsten Frommen, Timothy Jacobs, tloureiro, Travis Northcutt, Ulrich, Unyson, Viktor Szépe, Vishal Kakadiya, vortfu, vovafeldman, websupporter, Weston Ruter, wp_smith, wpfo, Xavi Ivars, Yoav Farhi, Zack Tollman, and zakb8.


Special thanks go to Jerry Bates for producing the release video and Hugo Baeta for providing marketing graphics.

Finally, thanks to all the community translators who worked on WordPress 4.6. Their efforts make it possible to use WordPress 4.6 in 52 languages. The WordPress 4.6 release video has been captioned into 43 languages.

If you want to follow along or help out, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress. See you soon for version 4.7!

WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”

Version 4.5 of WordPress, named “Coleman” in honour of jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.5 help streamline your workflow, whether you’re writing or building your site.

Editing Improvements


Inline Linking

Stay focused on your writing with a less distracting interface that keeps you in place and allows you to easily link to your content.

Formatting Shortcuts

Do you enjoy using formatting shortcuts for lists and headings? Now they’re even more useful, with horizontal lines and <code>.

Customisation Improvements


Live Responsive Previews

Make sure your site looks great on all screens! Preview mobile, tablet, and desktop views directly in the customiser.

Custom Logos

Themes can now support logos for your business or brand. Try it out with Twenty Sixteen and Twenty Fifteen in the Site Identity section of the customiser.

Under the Hood

Smart Image Resizing

Generated images now load up to 50% faster with no noticeable quality loss. It’s really cool.

Selective Refresh

The customiser now supports a comprehensive framework for rendering parts of the preview without rewriting your PHP code in JavaScript.

Script Loader Improvements

Better support has been added for script header/footer dependencies. New wp_add_inline_script() enables adding extra code to registered scripts.

Better Embed Templates

Embed templates have been split into parts and can be directly overridden by themes via the template hierarchy.

JavaScript Library Updates

jQuery 1.12.3, jQuery Migrate 1.4.0, Backbone 1.2.3, and Underscore 1.8.3 are bundled.

The Crew

Mike SchroderThis release was led by Mike Schroder, backed up by Adam Silverstein as Release Deputy, Mel Choyce as Release Design Lead, and the help of these fine individuals. There are 277 contributors with props in this release. Pull up some Coleman Hawkins on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:

@mercime, Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Hockley, Aaron Jorbin, Abiral Neupane, Ahmad Awais, aidanlane, Amanda Rush, ambrosey, Andrea Fercia, Andrea Gandino, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrew Rockwell, Andy, Ankit K Gupta, Anton Timmermans, apaliku, Aram Zucker-Scharff, ash.matadeen, Ashok Kumar Nath, Barry Ceelen, Ben Dunkle, berengerzyla, Bernhard Riedl, Bhushan S. Jawle, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), Boone B. Gorges, Brad Williams, Brady Vercher, Brandon Allen, Brandon Hubbard, Brandon Kraft, Bruno Borges, Callum Macdonald, Chandra Patel, Chetan Chauhan, Chouby, ChriCo, Chris Christoff, chris_dev, Christoph Herr, ckoerner, Claudio Sanches, Compute, coreymcollins, d4z_c0nf, Daisuke Takahashi, danhgilmore, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Bailey, Daniel Jalkut (Red Sweater), Daniel Llewellyn, Daniele Scasciafratte, danielpataki, Danny van Kooten, Dave Clements, David A. Kennedy, David Brumbaugh, David Herrera, David Newton, David Shanske, Davide ‘Folletto’ Casali, Denis de Bernardy, Dennis Ploetner, Derek Herman, Dion Hulse, dmsnell, Dominik Schilling, Dossy Shiobara, Dotan Cohen, Dreb Bits, Drew Jaynes, duaneblake, Dzikri Aziz, Elio Rivero, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, Emerson Maningo, enej, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Binnion, Eric Daams, Erick Hitter, Evan Herman, Fabien Quatravaux, faishal, fantasyworld, Felix Arntz, finnj, firebird75, Fredrik Forsmo, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, gblsm, George Stephanis, Giuseppe Mamone, Grant Palin, groovecoder, Guido Scialfa, Gustavo Bordoni, hakre, Helen Hou-Sandí, Henry Wright, Hinaloe, Hugh Lashbrooke, Hugo Baeta, Iain Poulson, Ignacio Cruz Moreno, imath, Ionut Staicu, Ivan Kristianto, J.D. Grimes, jadpm, James DiGioia, Jasper de Groot, Jeffrey de Wit, Jeffrey Schutzman, Jennifer M. Dodd, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Herve, Jeremy Pry, Jesin A, Jess G., Joan Boluda, Joe Hoyle, Joe McGill, joelerr, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, JohnnyPea, Jonathan Brinley, Jory Hogeveen, Joseph Fusco, Josh Pollock, jrchamp, jrf, Juanfra Aldasoro, Juhi Saxena, Julio Potier, katieburch, Kelly Dwan, Kevin Hagerty, Kiran Potphode, Kirk Wight, kjbenk, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Konstantinos Kouratoras, KrissieV, Lance Willett, Luan Ramos, luciole135, Lukas Pawlik, Lutz Schröer, madvic, Marco Chiesi, Marin Atanasov, Mario Peshev, Mark Barnes, Mark Jaquith, Marko Heijnen, Martin Burke, Matt Mullenweg, Matt Wiebe, mattfelten, MattGeri, Matthew Ell, maweder, Mayo Moriyama, mcapybara, Mehul Kaklotar, Meitar, mensmaximus, Michael Arestad, michalzuber, Mika Epstein, Mike Glendinning, Mike Hansen, Mike Jolley, Milan Dinić, Morgan Estes, moto hachi ( mt8.biz ), Mr Papa, mwidmann, nexurium, Niall Kennedy, Nic Ford, Nick Halsey , Nilambar Sharma, Ninos, oaron, overclokk, Pascal Birchler, Pat O’Brien, Paul Bearne, Paul de Wouters, Payton Swick, Perez Labs, Pete Nelson, Peter Wilson, petermolnar, Petter Walbø Johnsgård, Pieter, Pirate Dunbar, prettyboymp, Profforg, programmin, Rachel Baker, rahal.aboulfeth, Rami Yushuvaev, Rastislav Lamos, Ritesh Patel, rob, Roger Chen, RomSocial, Ryan Boren, Ryan Kienstra, Ryan McCue, Ryan Welcher, Sagar Jadhav, Sal Ferrarello, salvoaranzulla, Sam Hotchkiss, Sara Rosso, sarciszewski, Scott Kingsley Clark, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, scottbrownconsulting, scribu, Sebastian Pisula, Sergej Müller, Sergey Biryukov, Shane, Shinichi Nishikawa, sidati, sky, slushman, smerriman, Spacedmonkey, stephanethomas, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steve Grunwell, Steven Word, Store Locator Plus, Subharanjan, Sudar Muthu, Sumit Singh, Taco Verdo, tahteche, Takashi Irie, Takayuki Miyoshi, Tammie Lister, tharsheblows, theMikeD, thomaswm, Timothy Jacobs, tmuikku, Toni Viemerö, Toro_Unit (Hiroshi Urabe), Tracy Levesque, Tran Ngoc Tuan Anh, Travis Smith, Ty Carlson, Ulrich, Utkarsh, vhomenko, virgodesign, vlad.olaru, voldemortensen, vtieu, webaware, Wesley Elfring, Weston Ruter, WisdmLabs, WP Delighter, xavortm, yetAnotherDaniel, and zinigor.


Special thanks go to Siobhan McKeown for producing the release video and Jack Lenox for the voice-over.

Finally, thanks to all of the contributors who provided translations for the release. WordPress 4.5 comes fully translated into 44 languages and the release video has been translated into 32 languages!

If you want to follow along or help out, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress. See you soon for version 4.6!

WordPress 4.4 “Clifford”

Version 4.4 of WordPress, named “Clifford” in honour of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.4 make your site more connected and responsive. Clifford also introduces a new default theme, Twenty Sixteen.

Introducing Twenty Sixteen

A screenshot of Twenty Sixteen set in an iPad frame

Our newest default theme, Twenty Sixteen, is a modern take on a classic blog design.

Twenty Sixteen was built to look great on any device. A fluid grid design, flexible header, fun colour schemes, and more, will all make your content shine.

Responsive Images

An image of a laptop, iPad, Android phone, and iPhone containing the same image displayed at multiple sizes to demonstrate responsive image features.

WordPress now takes a smarter approach to displaying appropriate image sizes on any device, ensuring a perfect fit every time. You don’t need to do anything to your theme, it just works.

Embed Everything

New Embeds Feature in WordPress 4.4

Now you can embed your posts on other WordPress sites. Simply drop a post URL into the editor and see an instant embed preview, complete with the title, excerpt, and featured image if you’ve set one. We’ll even include your site icon and links for comments and sharing.

In addition to post embeds, WordPress 4.4 also adds support for five new oEmbed providers: Cloudup, Reddit Comments, ReverbNation, Speaker Deck, and VideoPress.

Under the Hood

The WordPress REST API logo

REST API infrastructure

Infrastructure for the REST API has been integrated into core, marking a new era in developing with WordPress. 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. To get a sneak peek of the core endpoints, and for more information on extending the REST API, check out the official WordPress REST API plugin.

Term meta

Terms now support metadata, just like posts. See add_term_meta(), get_term_meta(), and update_term_meta() for more information.

Comment query improvements

Comment queries now have cache handling to improve performance. New arguments in WP_Comment_Query make crafting robust comment queries simpler.

Term, comment, and network objects

New WP_Term, WP_Comment, and WP_Network objects make interacting with terms, comments, and networks more predictable and intuitive in code.

The Team

Scott TaylorThis release was led by Scott Taylor, with the help of these fine individuals. There are 466 contributors with props in this release (by far the most ever!). Pull up some Clifford Brown on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:

@mercime, _smartik_, A5hleyRich, Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, aaronrutley, Adam Harley (Kawauso), Adam Silverstein, adamholisky, aduth, Ahmad Awais, Aki Bjorklund, AlbertoCT, Alex Kirk, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond), Alex Shiels, Alexander Gounder, alireza1375, Amanda Giles, amereservant, Amy Hendrix (sabreuse), Andrea Fercia, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Norcross, Andrew Ozz, Andy Fragen, Angelo Mandato, Ankit Gade, Ankit K Gupta, Anthony Burchell, ap.koponen, apokalyptik, Athsear’J.S., atomicjack, Austin Matzko, austinginder, Barry Ceelen, Barry Kooij, bcworkz, BdN3504, Bego Mario Garde, Ben May, Benjamin Pick, Bernhard Riedl, bigdawggi, bilalcoder, BinaryKitten, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), Bjorn Johansen, bobbingwide, bocean901, bonger, Boone B. Gorges, Brad Touesnard, bradparbs, Brady Vercher, Brandon Kraft, bravokeyl, brentvr, brettz95, Bruno Kos, Cam, carolinegeven, Casey Bisson, Catalin Dogaru, ch1902, chacha102, Chandra M, Chase Wiseman, chiara_09, Chip Bennett, Chirag Swadia, Chris Christoff, Chris Kindred, Chris Klosowski, chriscoyier, Chrisdc1, christianoliff, Christoph Herr, Christopher Finke, cjhaas, codeelite, Coen Jacobs, Compute, Courtney Ivey, Craig Ralston, Curtiss Grymala, Daisuke Takahashi, Dan Boulet, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Koskinen, Daniel Menard, Daniele Scasciafratte, daniellandau, daniloercoli, Danny de Haan, Darren Ethier (nerrad), Daryl L. L. Houston (dllh), datta.parad, Dave McHale, David A. Kennedy, David Anderson, David Binovec, David Herrera, DeBAAT, Denis de Bernardy, Dennis Ploetner, Derek Herman, Devin Price, Dezzy, DH-Shredder, Dion Hulse, Dipali Dhole, dipesh.kakadiya, Dominik Bruderer, Dominik Schilling, Dreb Bits, Drew Jaynes, dshanske, dustinbolton, Dzikri Aziz, edirect24, Eduardo Reveles, Eduardo Zulian, Edward Caissie, Egill R. Erlendsson, egower, Ehsaan, ehtis, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, Ellie Strejlau, Elliott Stocks, elusiveunit, enshrined, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Binnion, Eric Daams, Eric Mann, ericjuden, Evan Herman, F4rkie, Felix Arntz, Firdaus Zahari, fonglh, francoisb, Frank Klein, Frankie Jarrett, Frozzare, Gaelan Lloyd, Gagan Deep Singh, Gary Cao, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, garza, Gautam Gupta, geminorum, geza.miklo, Gijs Jorissen, Giuseppe Mamone, Giustino Borzacchiello, gnaka08, Greg Rickaby, Gregory Karpinsky (@tivnet), grvrulz, Gustavo Bordoni, Gustavo Bordoni, gwinh.lopez, hakre, hauvong, Helen Hou-Sandí, Hinaloe, Hrishikesh Vaipurkar, Hugh Lashbrooke, Hugo Baeta, Iain Poulson, Ian Dunn, Ian Stewart, icetee, Ignacio Cruz Moreno, Ihor Vorotnov, imath, ippetkov, J.D. Grimes, jakub.tyrcha, James Huff, janhenckens, Japh, Jasper de Groot, jazbek, jcroucher, Jeff Farthing, Jeff Stieler, JeffMatson, Jeffrey de Wit, jeichorn, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Pry, Jeroen Schmit, Jesin A, Jesper van Engelen, jim912, jliman, jmayhak, jnylen0, Jobst Schmalenbach, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle, Joe McGill, joehills, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, John P. Bloch, Jon Cave, Jonathan Bardo, Jonathan Desrosiers, Joost de Valk, Jorge Bernal, Josh Betz, Josh Eaton, Josh Pollock, jrf, Juhi Saxena, Julio Potier, justdaiv, Justin Sainton, Justin Shreve, Justin Sternberg, Justin Tadlock, K.Adam White, Kailey (trepmal), KalenJohnson, karinedo, karpstrucking, Kelly Dwan, Kevin Behrens, Kevin Langley, kevinatelement, kitchin, Kite, Kloon, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, kraftner, Krzysiek Drozdz, Kurt Payne, laceous, Laurens Offereins, lcherpit, ldinclaux, Lee Willis, leemon, lessbloat, linuxologos, Lucas Karpiuk, lucatume, luciole135, lucymtc, Luke Carbis, madalin.ungureanu, Mako, manolis09, Marcin Pietrzak, Marin Atanasov, Mario Peshev, Marius (Clorith), Mark Jaquith, Marko Heijnen, Markus, Mat Marquis, Matheus Martins, Matt Gibbs, Matt Martz, Matt Mullenweg, Matt van Andel, Matthew Boynes, Matthew Haines-Young, mazurstas, mbrandys, mdmcginn, mehulkaklotar, Mel Choyce, meloniq, micahmills, micahwave, Michael Adams (mdawaffe), Michael Arestad, Michael Cain, Michiel Habraken, Mickey Kay, Mike Burns, Mike Glendinning, Mike Hansen, Mike Jolley, Mike Jordan, Mike Schinkel, Mike Schroder, Milan Dinic, mindctrl, mismith227, misterunknown, mitcho (Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine), Monika, Morgan Estes, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, moto hachi ( mt8.biz ), Mr Papa, mrmist, mulvane, neoscrib, NExT-Season, Niall Kennedy, nicholas_io, Nick Ciske, Nick Halsey, NickDuncan, Nicolas Juen, nikeo, Nikhil Chavan, Niklas, Nikola Nikolov, Nikolay Bachiyski, Nilambar Sharma, OriginalEXE, Paresh Radadiya, Pascal Birchler, Pat O’Brien, Paul Bearne, Paul de Wouters, Paul Ryan, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, Payton Swick, Peter Wilson, Petter Walbo Johnsgard, Petya Raykovska, pfefferle, Philip Arthur Moore, PhilipLakin, Philipp Cordes, Piotr Delawski, Piotr Soluch, Pippin Williamson, Prasad Nevase, Prasath Nadarajah, Rachel Baker, rajnikmit, Rakesh Lawaju (Racase Lawaju), ramay, Rami Yushuvaev, Raul Illana, renoirb, rhubbardreverb, Rhys Wynne, Rian Rietveld, Richard Tape, Robert Chapin, Rodrigo Primo, Rommel Castro, Ron Rennick, Ronald Huereca, Russell Heimlich, Ruud Laan, Ryan Kienstra, Ryan Markel, Ryan McCue, Ryan Welcher, Safirul Alredha, Sal Ferrarello, Sam Brodie, sam2kb, Samir Shah, Samuel Sidler, Samuel Wood (Otto), Sanket Parmar, sarciszewski, sboisvert, Scott Grant, Scott Kingsley Clark, Scott Reilly, ScreenfeedFr, scribu, Sean Davis, Sean Hayes, Sebastian Pisula, Sergey Biryukov, serpent7776, several27, shimakyohsuke, side777, Simon Prosser, Simon Wheatley, sirzooro, sjmur, smerriman, Spacedmonkey, Stanislav Khromov, Stanko Metodiev, stebbiv, Stefan Froehlich, Stephanie Leary, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steve Grunwell, stevehenty, SteveHoneyNZ, Steven Word, Store Locator Plus, Sudar Muthu, Sumit Singh, summerblue, Sunny Ratilal, Takashi Irie, Takayuki Miyauchi, Tammie Lister, Tanner Moushey, tbcorr, Terry Chay, tharsheblows, theMikeD, thomaswm, Thorsten Frommen, Thorsten Frommen, Thorsten Ott, tigertech, Till Kruss, Tim Evko, tmatsuur, tmeister, TobiasBg, Tom Willmot, TomHarrigan, tommarshall, tomsommer, Toni Viemero, Toro_Unit (Hiroshi Urabe), Tracy (LilJimmi) Levesque, Tran Ngoc Tuan Anh, Travis Smith, trenzterra, Tryon Eggleston, tszming, ty, Ty Carlson, Ulrich, Ulrich Sossou, Umesh Kumar, Umesh Nevase, utkarshpatel, vilkatis, voldemortensen, Walter Ebert, walterbarcelos, webdevmattcrom, WEN Solutions, WEN Themes, Weston Ruter, wmertens, Wojtek Szkutnik, WP Plugin Dev dot com, wpdev101, wpseek, wturrell, Yam Chhetri, Yoav Farhi, Zach Wills, Zack Rothauser, and Zack Tollman.


Special thanks go to Siobhan McKeown for producing the release video with Sara Rosso, and Cami Kaos for the voice-over.

Finally, thanks to all of the contributors who provided subtitles for the release video, which at last count had been translated into 23 languages!

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