WordPress 4.0 was released in the beginning of September this year and it came with tons of new improvements like the enhanced post editor, improved Internationalization support, etc. But let’s admit, it wasn’t the revolution all of us had expected. But the latest WordPress 4.1 which is expected to be released in the coming next week will have new features and more visible changes. From the latest update you can expect to see some new UI elements, modes in the dashboard, query API and numerous performance enhancements. In this blog post, we will talk about the expected changes that are coming in WordPress 4.1 and what they will mean for the users.
The New Theme
The first thing you will notice new in WordPress 4.1 is the default Twenty Fifteen theme. The beautifully designed theme fits perfectly well with WordPress Internationalization. The new theme supports Google’s Noto Serif & Sans fonts and that to for many languages. This means that users who publish content in any of the languages with non-Latin alphabets will not have to adjust fonts for their languages.
Apart from this, from a features point of view the Twenty Fifteen theme offers options like custom header and custom background. You will be able to set color schemes and there will be built-in support for popular social buttons. All you will need to do is to create a menu in the native WordPress interface and these icons will appear on your website / blog.
The New Dashboard
In the earlier releases including the release of WordPress 4.0, various improvements were made to better the language pack support. With WordPress 4.1, this trend will go further I the sense that the users will now be able to directly download appropriate language packs from WordPress’s official website.
The WordPress 4.1 will offer its users a floating panel in the visual mode that will make things more intuitive for them. Another improvement in the latest version will help the beginners to align the images better and easily in the WordPress post editor.
Also, the Login sessions that were implemented in the WordPress 4.0 are going to have management UI in settings. This means that the users will now be able to review what sessions they have on different devices and log out if they feel it is necessary.
Some other changes that you can expect from the new release includes improved user interface for the purpose of installing and updating plugins and themes; improvements to media management on mobile devices; meta, date, and tax query improvements; and accessibility improvements.