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WordPress, a content management system which powers 25 percent of the Web launched its newest version, WordPress 4.4. The update having a bunch of new features to the blog management tool was dubbed “Clifford” in honor of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown.

WordPress 4.4 brings us a new default theme which is called Twenty Sixteen. The prior version Twenty Fifteen was released just a year ago along with WordPress 4.1. Same with most themes today, it is built to look good on any device which means it has a fluid grid design, flexible header, color schemes and a lot more. WordPress describes Twenty Sixteen as “a modern take on a classic blog design”.

However, many don’t really give a fuss about the new theme, so let’s go to the responsive images which is the first real improvement. WordPress is now smarter at displaying appropriate sizes of image on any device that doesn’t require you making any modifications to your theme. This is a big deal given the market share that WordPress controls. At the company’s 2015 State of the Word event, WordPress Core developer Scott Taylor said onstage, “When WordPress adopts modern technologies, the Internet adopts modern technologies.

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Also, embedding your posts on other WordPress sites is now possible just like embedding most media content. All you have to do is drop the post’s URL into the editor and you’ll get and embed preview with the title, excerpt, featured image, site icon, and links for comments and sharing.

WordPress supports a large number of embed types. Now, five new providers namely CloudUp, Reddit Comments, Speaker Deck, VideoPress, and ReverbNation is also being supported by WordPress 4.4.

The following are other improvements made:

1. REST API infrastructure has been integrated into core which makes it simple for developers to build and extend RESTful APIs on top of WordPress. This is just the beginning. Core endpoints inclusion is targeted for an upcoming release.

2. Just like posts, terms now support metadata. For more information, see add_term_meta(), get_term_meta(), and update_term_meta().

3. A cache handling has been made for comment queries to improve performance. New arguments in WP_Comment_Query make crafting robust comment queries easier.

4. Interacting with terms, comments, and networks are now more predictable and intuitive in code thanks to the new WP_Term, WP_Comment, and WP_Network objects.

Coming next year is the WordPress 4.5 though the company didn’t specify a month yet but sources say it probably won’t be out until April.

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December 14, 2015

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