WordPress 4.7 apptly name "Vaughan" in honor of legendary jazz vocalist Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan, bring new customiaztion features along with a new default theme Twenty Seventeen with immersive featured images and video headers.
Twenty Seventeen, which is now a default theme for 2015, focuses on business sites and features multiple sections on home page, which can be customized with widgets, navigation, social menus, a logo, custom colors and more. Of course, the theme is responsive and work well on any device, as well as languages.
The new initial setup features in the customizer offer non-destructive live previews of all changes in one uninterrupted workflow.
With this individual themes can now provide starter content that appear when you begin customization and "nothing new will appear on the live site until you're ready to save and publish your initial theme setup," writes WordPress team.
To help you go ahead with custmization, "visible icons show you the parts that can be customized while live previewing on your site"—just click on a shortcut and start editing.
The new theme also support big video as a moving header image—for inspiration, just search for sites with video headers for download and use.
WordPressers can even add new pages while building menus instead of leaving the customizer and abandoning changes. Once the customizations are published, new pages will be ready to add with content. Also, many new menus for sites contain links to the pages of your site.
Even you can now add custom CSS to give your blog a visual tweak and can instantly see the changes affect on your site. And, best of all, you don't need to refresh you page to see the changes, as the live preview allows you to work quickly now without refreshing a page.
If your site hosts a lot of documents, now when you uploads a PDFs, WordPress 4.7 will generate thumbnail images making it easier to distinguish between all the available documents.
Having a mutli-user or admin blog, now you can offer them a dashboard in their own preferred language. You can even add more languages to your site and a user language option will show up in your user's profiles.
The new WordPress also 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 sites through plugins, themes, apps, and beyond.
Ready to get started with development? Check out the REST API reference.
Other features which are targeted to developers include:
- theme developers can now open up the page template functionality to all post types.
- more theme API goodies includes new functions, hooks, and behavior for theme developers.
- developers can now register their own custom bulk actions on list tables.
- code beneath actions and filters has been overhauled and modernized, fixing bugs along the way.
- register_setting() has been enhanced to include type, description, and REST API visibility.
- Customize changesets make changes in the customizer persistent, like autosave drafts. They also make exciting new features like starter content possible.
For more information on the new features, watch the following embedded videos: