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WordPress Releases New Update: WordPress V. 4.2 Powell

WordPress 4.2New WordPress Version: WordPress 4.2 – Powell

WordPress has just released WP 4.2, named “Powell” in honor of jazz musician Bud Powell.

Learn about the new WP 4.2 updates, security fixes and features improvements and what to do before updating your WP software in this blog post.

WP v. 4.2

WordPress 4.2 is all about improving communication and making content sharing easier.

Here are just a few of the changes you will see in the new version:

New And Improved Press This Tool

Coinciding with the release of version 4.2 is the new and improved “Press This” tool (Tools > Available Tools) …

WP 4.2

Press This is a simple application that lets you share your favorite content (e.g. text, videos and images) across the web and create new blog posts with ease.

You can add this tool to your mobile desktop or your web browser bookmarks bar.

WP v. 4.2

When visiting a web site, click on Press This to repost any content you like to your site. You can share the latest news stories from around the web, YouTube videos, content from Twitter, pictures from Instagram, and more …

WP 4.2

After grabbing your content, you can then edit and add more to it with Press This before saving or publishing it on your site.

Extended Character Support

WP 4.2

As WordPress continues to grow worldwide, WP 4.2 now provides extensive “out of the box” support for logographic characters used in languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean, as well as mathematical and musical symbols, hieroglyphs and emojis …

WordPress v. 4.2

Simply use your native device keyboard to compose your posts and WordPress will do the rest …

WP 4.2

Additional WP 4.2 Release Notes

Here are some other changes you will see when you next log into your WordPress admin area after updating to WordPress v. 4.2:

Switch Themes In The Customizer

Now you can preview and customize installed themes from the WP Theme Customizer …

WordPress 4.2

This allows you to make sure that your theme looks good and works well with the content before deploying it on your website or blog …

WordPress 4.2

Even More Embeds

WordPress already lets you embed YouTube videos and Tweets by simply pasting in links.

With v. 4.2 WordPress continues to add more embed support for external content with your site or blog …

WordPress 4.2

You can now paste links from Kickstarter.com and Tumblr into your posts …

WP v. 4.2

Embedding content is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post.

Go here to see the full list of WordPress-supported embeds.

Streamlined Plugin Updates

WordPress has done away with the loading screen when updating plugins and streamlined the process …

WP version 4.2

Now, the process of updating your plugins takes place with just “one click” without leaving your Plugins screen …

WP v. 4.2

Additional Enhancement And Fixes

In addition to all of the above, WordPress 4.2 also includes many other enhancement and bug-fixes.

Important WP Update Tips

WP v. 4.2

We recommend doing the following before upgrading to any new version of WordPress:

  • Perform a complete backup of all your WordPress files and database.
  • Search online for any problems or issues that other WordPress users may be experiencing with the new version. This includes incompatibilities and conflicts with plugins, themes, and other issues (search Google for “WP v.4.2 issues” or “WP 4.2 Powell errors”, then go through some of the results to see what kind of issues and errors users are experiencing).
  • Once you have done the above, then upgrade to the new version as soon as possible to ensure that your site remains protected against any security vulnerabilities found in previous versions.

WP 4.2


Note: Google recently introduced a new change on April 21, 2015 that will affect the search engine ranking of sites that are not mobile-friendly.

You can read the official announcement from Google here: Official Google Webmaster Blog

Also, you can test to see if your website meets Google’s mobile-responsive criteria using Google’s own Mobile Testing Tool

Google Mobile Friendly Tool

Enter the URL of your website into the Mobile-Friendly Test field and click the “Analyze” button to see if your site meets Google’s mobile-friendly criteria …

Google Mobile Friendly Tool

If your site is not mobile-friendly, consider switching to WordPress as soon as possible to avoid SEO problems …

Google Mobile Testing Tool

If you’re already using WordPress, then simply switch to a theme that is mobile responsive (most new WordPress themes are).

Note: All images shown above were sourced from WordPress v. 4.2 release material.

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Martin Aranovitch is an experienced WordPress trainer, the owner and founder of WPTrainMe.com and the author of the WPTrainMe WordPress Tutorials plugin.

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