The WordPress open source team kicked off with the development of WordPress 4.7 back in August, and we’re roughly a month off it going live on December the 6th. So with the new version just around the corner what new features and tweaks can we expect to see?
WordPress release a new theme each year and this theme is installed on all new WordPress instances by default. The Twenty Seventeen theme builds on the modern style of big bold images on your front page, with a separate page template for content for your more in-depth pages. This allows you to give a great landing page experience to your users with click to action buttons to help increase sales.
With a focus on business sites, Twenty Seventeen features multiple sections on the front page as well as widgets, navigation and social menus, a logo, and more. Personalize its asymmetrical grid with a custom color scheme and showcase your multimedia content with post formats. The Twenty Seventeen theme works great in many languages, for any abilities, and on any device.
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.
Set up your site in one flow – From finding and installing themes right inside the customizer, to automatically staged theme-specific starter content, to clickable shortcuts that jump directly to editing an item from the preview pane, to adding pages while you’re building a nav menu or setting a static front page: getting a new site spun up and ready to share with a friend or a coworker is faster and easier than it’s ever been. Note: starter content appears when live previewing brand new sites and is currently only available in Twenty Seventeen. We’ll be expanding this to other bundled themes very soon, and perhaps to sites with existing content in future releases of WordPress.
Custom CSS with live previews
Ever needed to hide or tweak the look of something in your theme or from a plugin? Now you can do it with CSS and live preview the results while customizing your site. CSS can be a powerful tool; you may find that you won’t need the theme editor or child themes anymore.
User admin languages – Just because your site is in one language doesn’t mean that everybody helping manage it prefers that language for their admin. To try this out, you’ll need to have more than one language installed, which will make a user language option available in your profile.
PDF thumbnail previews
Uploading PDFs will now generate thumbnail images so you can more easily distinguish between all your documents.
As always, there have been exciting changes for developers to explore as well, we suggest checking out the WordPress beta update post for more in-depth information.