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On December 6, 2016, WordPress Version 4.7, Twenty Seventeen, named for jazz vocalist Sarah ‘Sassy’ Vaughan, was released to the public. We think it’s time to celebrate this excellent occasion! (see below)
For more information on this enhancement and bug-fix release, read the WordPress Blog, and read the Changelog for version 4.7. WordPress is smoothly growing throughout its teen-age versions, especially in the last few years, being the most used CMS running the majority of the most successful websites known to us today. New features in 4.7 help you get your site set up the way you want it.
New Default Theme – Twenty Seventeen
Twenty Seventeen is an ambitious theme designed for business websites that focus on a creative home page and an easy site setup experience for users. It focuses on business sites and features a customizable front page with multiple sections. Personalize it with widgets, navigation, social menus, a logo, custom colors, and more. WordPress default theme for 2017 works great in many languages, on any device, and for a wide range of users.
NOTE: Twenty Seventeen Theme only works on WordPress 4.7 and above. It uses the new video header and starter content features, each launched in 4.7.
Twenty Seventeen includes:
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REST API Content Endpoints
API endpoints for WordPress content. WordPress 4.7 comes with REST API endpoints for posts, comments, terms, users, meta, and settings. Content endpoints provide machine-readable external access to your WordPress site with a clear, standards-driven interface, paving the way for new and innovative methods of interacting with your site.
Theme Starter Content
Starter Content is the theme-specific selections of content to help showcase a theme to users and serve as a starting point for further setup of new sites. The initial view of a theme with starter content will only happen for “fresh sites” – new installs that have not yet had any posts, pages, widgets, or customizer settings updated.
Visible icons appear to show you which parts can be customized right there while live previewing. Click on a shortcut and get straight to editing, no decoding of widget area names or extra clicks needed. Paired with starter content, getting started with customizing your site is faster than ever.
WordPress 4.7 extends the Custom Header feature to introduce support for video. Video headers play automatically, loop by default, and don’t have sound. They work best when paired with an image, so they can progressively enhance the experience when video is supported.
Smoother Nav Menu Building
Many primary navigation menus for sites contain links to the pages of your site. But what happens when you don’t have any pages yet? Now you can add new pages while building nav menus instead of leaving the customizer and abandoning your changes. Once you’ve published your customizations, you’ll have new pages ready for you to fill with content.
Sometimes you just need a few more visual tweaks to make your site perfect, or a plugin adds something that doesn’t quite look right with your site. WordPress 4.7 allows you to instantly see changes while adding custom CSS to give your site that polish.
User Admin Languages and Locale Switching
Users can select their preferred locale (language) when editing their profile. The back end will be displayed in the user’s individual locale while the locale used on the front end equals the one set for the whole site.
PDF Thumbnail Previews
Managing your document collection is easier with WordPress Version 4.7, which now shows preview thumbnails instead of a generic icon for PDFs in the media library.
Some of the toolbar buttons have been rearranged to make them easier to access and to encourage proper use of the HTML elements they insert.
Improving accessibility of image alternative text – No more default fallback. To ensure your images having meaningful alternative text, you should make sure to set a value for alt text in your media library. Make media library searchable by filename.
WordPress 4.7 has been the most active release on record for the customize component. That includes:
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