WordPress 4.6 “Pepper” was released on August 16, 2016 and emphasizes inner beauty – the improvements are found on the inside. Some things, however, are simpler and prettier in the process.
As always, Managed WordPress websites will be updated by 1&1 automatically. If you have installed WordPress yourself or use a standard installation from the 1&1 App Center, you can update to 4.6 from your WordPress Dashboard. Select Updates and click Update Now.
Improvements to the Editor
The Editor has received two interesting updates:
Broken Link Checker
Links are now checked directly during input. If a link does not work, an error message is displayed.
WordPress saves automatically while you are writing. In the case of a malfunction, such as a browser crash, your content will be restored automatically and you can continue your work without interruption.
Support for installed fonts
The admin screen now automatically uses fonts installed on your system. For instance San Francisco (Mac), Segoe UI (Windows) or Roboto (Android).
The goal is to reduce loading times in the admin area and make it look more like a native, local application.
So-called Shiny Updates will replace the old update process in WordPress 4.6. Updates, installation and deleting plugins and themes now no longer redirect to a new site, but happen directly in place.
There are several noteworthy improvements under the hood:
Slow site buildup can lead to losing visitors. To improve response times and shorten loading times, WordPress can now execute certain processes in the background. Resource hints allow pre-fetching and rendering of certain websites, DNS lookups and connection handshakes in the background – i.e. even before a visitor clicks on a link.
Improved support for HTTP standards
The HTTP API now uses the requests library. This allows support of parallel HTTP requests, case-insensitive headers and internationalized domains.
Flexible and intuitive queries
The query term is now complemented by the WP_Term query and the new WP_Post_Type object will make working with post-types easier and more predictable.
WordPress 4.6 contains Masonry 3.3.2, imagesLoaded 3.2.0, MediaElement.js 2.22.0, TinyMCE 4.4.1 and Backbone.js 1.3.3.
Multi-sites are made faster through improved caching of queries. WP_Site_Query and WP_Network_Query now make it easier for developers to create reliable queries.