WordPress 4.3 is the second major WordPress release this year. It has some great new features and fixes many issues. Here are some unique features to take a look at:
Menus in Customizer
Now with WordPress 4.3, you will be able to edit, create, and manage menus from the customizer. Go to Appearance – Customize and then click on the Menus tab.
New Site Icon Feature
You can now add your own favicon in WordPress from the admin area. This was always a manual effort but is much easier in 4.3.
Strong Passwords by Default
WordPress 4.3 will now suggest stronger passwords by default. This is a very good feature as WordPress grows in popularity.
When a user requests a password reset, they will see a stronger password already suggested in the password reset field.
While adding a new user, WordPress will send them a link to setup a password instead of sending them passwords in plain text.
WordPress 4.3 comes with inline text shortcuts that automatically format text as you type. You don’t even need to touch editor buttons or reload the page. You will see your changes applied instantly in the editor.
- Using * or – will start an unordered list.
- Using 1. will start an ordered list.
- Using # will transform into h1. ## for h2, ### for h3 and so on.
- Using > will transform into blockquote.
You can see the complete list of shortcuts by clicking on the help icon in the visual editor.
Comments Off for Pages in WordPress
Pages in WordPress are supposed to be static non-chronological content. See our guide on the difference between WordPress posts vs pages. This means that in most usage scenarios you don’t need to turn on comments for pages. However, WordPress have had comments enabled for pages by default. Users had to manually turn off comments for their pages in WordPress.
WordPress 4.3 fixes this issue and after updating to 4.3, any new page you create will have comments disabled by default.
Improved List Views
There are many improvements for the admin area on mobile devices. The goal of this improvements is to provide a better and consistent user experience on smaller screens.
The list views for WordPress posts, comments, and media are improved to look better on mobile devices. You can find extra information for each item in the tables by clicking on the arrow next to them.