The latest version of WordPress is now out, taking it up to 4.8 and named “Evans” in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans. New features in 4.8 help you express yourself and represent your brand.

Exciting Widget Updates

Media Widgets

Until now you needed to have a little understanding of html code if you wanted to add an images, videos or audio in to a widget, now anyone can do this simple task – simply insert your image, video or audio from your Media Library right within the widget settings.

Rich Text Widget

Yippee, a simplified WordPress Editor is now featured within the Text Widget, so you cannow create lists, add emphasis, and quickly and easily insert links without the need to code.

Link Boundaries

Have you ever tried updating a link or it’s text, and found you can’t seem to edit it correctly? Now you just need to When you edit the text after the link, your new text also ends up linked. Or you edit the text in the link, but your text ends up outside of it. This can be frustrating! With link boundaries, a great new feature, the process is streamlined and your links will work well. You’ll be happier. We promise.

More Accessible Admin Panel Headings

New CSS rules mean extraneous content (like “Add New” links) no longer need to be included in admin-area headings. These panel headings improve the experience for people using assistive technologies.

Removal of Core Support for WMV and WMA Files

As fewer and fewer browsers support Silverlight, file formats which require the presence of the Silverlight plugin are being removed from core support. Files will still display as a download link, but will no longer be embedded automatically.

Multisite Updates

New capabilities have been introduced to 4.8 with an eye towards removing calls to is_super_admin(). Additionally, new hooks and tweaks to more granularly control site and user counts per network have been added.