WordPress 4.1 is Now Available: Here’s What’s New

wordpress-logo-stackedWordPress released version 4.1 of its CMS today and it’s available either for updating directly from dashboard or directly download.

The code name of the new version is “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington. WordPress v4.1 comes with new features that will help you to stay focused on creating content.

Here are some of the new features in this version:

WordPress 4.1 New Features

New Default Theme

With every new year comes a new default WordPress theme named after the year of release. The company describes Twenty Fifteen as “a blog-focused theme designed for clarity.”

The new theme reduces clutter and puts your content front and center. It’s suitable to be viewed on any screen size, whether on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

Distraction Free Writing

In order to help you concentrate on writing content, there’s a new distraction-free writing mode that automatically triggers as you start typing. Everything that’s non-essential to writing fades away and returns when you’ve stopped writing.

As someone who writes a lot of content on WordPress, this is the feature I’m most excited about. The sheer amount of stuff you’re surrounded by in the WordPress backend is overwhelming at times, so this is sure to make writing a lot easier.

Other Miscellaneous Features

  • Language Selection: Switch to any language from the General Settings screen.
  • Log Out Everywhere: If you’ve signed in to WordPress from multiple computers, there’s now an option to log out from all devices.
  • Embed Vine Videos: Paste a Vine URL into a post and it will automatically embed itself.
  • Plugin Recommendations: The plugin installer will recommend plugins for you to try based on other plugins you have installed.

If you’re interested in the more technical details about WordPress 4.1, you can see the full list of updates here.

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