Hello, My Name is ‘Clifford’

Clifford Brown (October 30, 1930 – June 26, 1956), aka ‘Brownie’, was an American jazz trumpeter. He died at the age of 25 in a car accident, leaving behind only four years’ worth of recordings. Nonetheless, he had a considerable influence on later jazz trumpet players, including Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Booker Little, and Freddie Hubbard. He was also a composer of note: two of his compositions, “Joy Spring” and “Daahoud”, have become jazz standards. Brown also won the Down Beat critics’ poll for the ‘New Star of the Year’ in 1954; he was inducted into the Down Beat ‘Jazz Hall of Fame’ in 1972 in the critics’ poll.


Version 4.4 of WordPress, named ‘Clifford’ is build in honor of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, and is available for download or update in your WordPress CMS web site driven dashboard, if you have required permissions to do so. New features in 4.4 make your site more connected and responsive.

Latest ‘Clifford’ updates also introduce a new default WordPress theme, called ‘Twenty Sixteen’, and is available to all those who are running a self-installed and managed WordPress CMS web sites on their own. If you are running a developer managed, agency managed or external provider managed web site that keeps your web site, CMS, scripts and functionalities on a more integrated level and well maintained and where updates are not necessarily within your direct Administration rights, then ask your web site maintenance providers about the latest updates,t if needed.

What’s up in Twenty Sixteen?

The newest default WordPress ‘Clifford’ theme, Twenty Sixteen, is a modern take on a classic blog design. ‘Twenty Sixteen’ was built to look great on any device. It includes fluid grid design, flexible header, fun color schemes, and more, that will all make your content just shine!

Responsive images are a must these days and the CMS system itself now takes a smarter approach to displaying appropriate image sizes on any device, ensuring a perfect fit every time. You don’t need to do anything to your framework, it just works as responsive as it can get out-of-the-box. Using image generation and re-generation protocols and image compression tools is still of an advanced solution, providing better content delivery to your clients.

Drag’n’Drop, Copy/Paste, Embed Almost Everything!

WordPress has been operating as an oEmbed consumer for quite some time now, allowing users to easily embed content from other sites. Starting with version 4.4, WordPress becomes an oEmbed provider as well, allowing any oEmbed consumer to embed posts from WordPress sites.

Now you can embed your posts on other WordPress sites. Simply drop a post URL into the editor and see an instant embed preview, complete with the title, excerpt, and featured image if you’ve set one. We will even include your site icon and links for comments and sharing. In addition to post embeds, WordPress 4.4 ‘Clifford’ also adds support for five new oEmbed providers: Cloudup, Reddit Comments, ReverbNation, Speaker Deck, and VideoPress. Isn’t that marvellous or what?

In order to achieve this, WordPress’ oEmbed consumer code has been enhanced to work with any site that provides oEmbed data (as long as it matches some strict security rules). For security, embeds appear within a sandboxed iframe – the iframe content is a template that can be styled or replaced entirely by the theme or framework on the provider site.

Any apparent issues?

How to Fix Images Not Loading in WordPress 4.4 While Using SSL?

If you notice images don’t load after upgrading to WordPress 4.4 and you use SSL on the front-end, you’re not alone, many are experiencing that. Usual output: ‘After upgrading to 4.4 images no longer load and the browser complains about mixed content. Instead of an image, you get a filename printed out.’ Old packaging, new story or vice versa? ‘The image’s src’s are correctly set to https, whereas the srcset attributea remain un-encrypted.’

Possible solutions might be found in this: WP_SITEURL and WP_HOME constants in the wp-config.php file were configured to structure URLs with http instead of https. Some suggest users check their URL settings to see which URL type is configured. If both the WordPress address and Site URLs don’t show https, it’s likely causing issues with responsive images in WordPress 4.4. That’s in short. Joe McGill, who helped lead the effort to get responsive images into WordPress suggests: ‘If you’re running HTTPS on the front end, you should change the URLS for your home and site URL in Settings > General so they use the HTTPS scheme.’ Very well put.