All the WordPressers who have been aching to experience the next major version of WordPress, WordPress 4.7, can now get a taste of the future.
This software is still in development, so the development team recommends you not run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.7, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).
Notable changes since WordPress 4.7 Beta 1:
- Twenty Seventeen: The theme wasn’t being installed on upgrades – sorry about that! Now you should see it if you’re upgrading an existing site. There are also plenty of fixes, especially for the header and small screen views.
- Edit shortcuts: These are always visible while editing (hide them on bigger screens by collapsing the controls) and should now work properly in Firefox. (#27403 and #38532)
- REST API endpoints: There have been a number of changes over the past week; your attention is requested on the following:
- The DELETE response format has changed and may need to be accounted for. (#38494)
- Enabled querying by multiple post statuses. (#38420)
- Return an error when JSON decoding fails. (#38547)
More developer notes
- Fine grained capabilities for taxonomy terms
- wp_list_sort() and WP_List_Util
- Post type templates
- New post type labels
- Attributes for resource hints
Various bug fixes
The development team has made almost 150 changes in the last week.
To know the changes in version 4.7, check out the Beta 1 blog post.
If you want to know more of what major changes have made it into 4.7, check out posts tagged with 4.7 on the main development blog, or look at a list of everything that’s changed. There will be more developer notes to come, we’ll make sure to keep you updated.
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If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.