WordPress 4.9 is expected to be released on November 14, 2017. So what are the new features coming in WordPress 4.9? We will guide you through what’s coming in WordPress 4.9.
The software is still under development, so some of these features may not make it to the final release.
New Features Coming in WordPress 4.9
Save and Schedule Theme Changes in Customizer
WordPress 4.9 will present saving theme customizations as a draft. When you make changes to a theme using the customizer, you will have an option to save the changes as a draft instead of making them live.
You are allowed to share the preview of changes with a URL with this new feature. You can send this URL to any user, and they will be able to see your website with the changes made in that precise draft.
WordPress 4.9 will also allow you to schedule changes at a specific time.
The New Gallery Widget
Including rich text, audio, image, and video, WordPress 4.8 bought media widgets. WordPress 4.9 will introduce the new gallery widget. It will allow you to create a native WordPress gallery and add it to any widget ready areas.
Nonetheless, if you want a more powerful gallery with albums, then you will have to look at a third-party plugin like Envira Gallery.
Add Media Button in Text Widget
Previously, you had to include the HTML codes if you wanted to add an image. However, you will not have to deal with the HTML code anymore. WordPress 4.9 will solve this by adding the new ‘Add media’ button on top of the text editor. This will allow users to easily add images inside the rich text widget.
Improved Code Editing Experience
For better code editing experience, WordPress 4.9 will bring you the improved code editor while editing code in custom CSS, theme editor, or plugin editor. This code editor comes with syntax highlighting, code suggestions, and auto-completion. The new feature will automatically fix many common mistakes that cause a user to face syntax error. You will be able to easily disable ‘syntax highlighting’ from your user profile if you distaste it.
Here are some other notable features that you can expect in WordPress 4.9:
- Better mapping for theme widgets and navigation menus after switching themes. (#39693, #39692)
- Removal of SWFUpload library from the core. (#41752)
- Recursively search for files in plugin and theme editors. (#6531)
We hope this article gave you an idea of what you can expect in WordPress 4.9. Let us know what new features coming in WordPress 4.9 are you excited about.