WordPress 4.0 Released

WordPress 4.0 has been released and it is named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman.

This release was led by Helen Hou-Sandí, with the help of many other fine individuals. There are 275 contributors with props in this release which is a new high.

  • Manage your media with style
    Explore your uploads in a beautiful, endless grid. A new details preview makes viewing and editing any amount of media in sequence a snap.
  • Working with embeds has never been easier
    Paste in a YouTube URL on a new line, and watch it magically become an embedded video. Now try it with a tweet. Oh yeah – embedding has become a visual experience. The editor shows a true preview of your embedded content, saving you time and giving you confidence. You can now embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED.
  • Focus on your content
    Writing and editing is smoother and more immersive with an editor that expands to fit your content as you write, and keeps the formatting tools available at all times.
  • Finding the right plugin
    There are more than 30,000 free and open source plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. WordPress 4.0 makes it easier to find the right one for your needs, with new metrics, improved search, and a more visual browsing experience.

WordPress 4.0 RC 1

WordPress 4.0 RC1 has been released and the final version is targeted to be shipped next week.

For developers:

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.0 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.0 before next week. If you find compatibility problems, please be sure to post any issues to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release. You also may want to give your plugin an icon, which we launched last week and will appear in the dashboard along with banners.

Download: WordPress 4.0 RC 1

WordPress 3.9.2

WordPress 3.9.2 has been released and it is a security release and hence it is recommended that you update your site immediately.

This release fixes a possible denial of service issue in PHP’s XML processing, reported by Nir Goldshlager of the Salesforce.com Product Security Team. It  was fixed by Michael Adams and Andrew Nacin of the WordPress security team and David Rothstein of the Drupal security team. This is the first time our two projects have coordinated on joint security releases.

WordPress 3.9.2 also contains other security changes:

  • Fixes a possible but unlikely code execution when processing widgets (WordPress is not affected by default), discovered by Alex Concha of the WordPress security team.
  • Prevents information disclosure via XML entity attacks in the external GetID3 library, reported by Ivan Novikov of ONSec.
  • Adds protections against brute attacks against CSRF tokens, reported by David Tomaschik of the Google Security Team.
  • Contains some additional security hardening, like preventing cross-site scripting that could be triggered only by administrators.

We appreciated responsible disclosure of these issues directly to our security team. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 3.9.2 now or go to Dashboard -> Updates and click “Update Now”.

WordPress 4.0 Beta 1

WordPress 4.0 Beta 1 has been released. The final version of WordPress 4.0 is targeted to be released in on 27th August 2014.

What’s New?

  • Previews of embedding via URLs in the visual editor and the “Insert from URL” tab in the media modal. Try pasting a URL (such as a WordPress.tv or YouTube video) onto its own line in the visual editor. (#28195, #15490)
  • The Media Library now has a “grid” view in addition to the existing list view. Clicking on an item takes you into a modal where you can see a larger preview and edit information about that attachment, and you can navigate between items right from the modal without closing it. (#24716)
  • We’re freshening up the plugin install experience. You’ll see some early visual changes as well as more information when searching for plugins and viewing details. (#28785, #27440)
  • Selecting a language when you run the installation process. (#28577)
  • The editor intelligently resizes and its top and bottom bars pin when needed. Browsers don’t like to agree on where to put things like cursors, so if you find a bug here, please also let us know your browser and operating system. (#28328)
  • We’ve made some improvements to how your keyboard and cursor interact with TinyMCE views such as the gallery preview. Much like the editor resizing and scrolling improvements, knowing about your setup is particularly important for bug reports here. (#28595)
  • Widgets in the Customizer are now loaded in a separate panel. (#27406)
  • We’ve also made some changes to some formatting functions, so if you see quotes curling in the wrong direction, please file a bug report.

Download: WordPress 4.0 Beta 1

WordPress 3.9.1

WordPress 3.9.1 is released after WordPress 3.9 is being downloaded more than 9 million times!

This maintenance release fixes 34 bugs in 3.9, including numerous fixes for multisite networks, customizing widgets while previewing themes, and the updated visual editor. We’ve also made some improvements to the new audio/video playlists feature and made some adjustments to improve performance. For a full list of changes, consult the list of tickets and the changelog.

Also WordPress 4.0 is targeted on the week of 25th August 2014. It may sound like a big jump in version number, but the release size will be roughly about the same as 3.7 -> 3.8, 3.8 -> 3.9, etc, on the same 4-month cycle!

Download: WordPress 3.9.1