WordPress 4.6 Update — What You Need to Know

WordPress Version 4.6, nicknamed “Pepper” in honor of jazz baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, was recently unveiled, four months after the previous update: WP 4.5 Coleman. In addition to standard performance improvements, new features and functions make managing and creating content easier.

Pepper updated many things, from emoji support to translation. Here are a few highlights of version 4.6:

WordPress 4.6 HighlightsImage of autosave from www.wordpress.com

Editor Content Back-Ups

When editing content, WordPress 4.6 automatically saves as you type in Editor, making it easier than ever to recover content if, for example, you accidentally close the window. While this auto-save isn’t necessarily a new feature, it has been improved to save content every 15 seconds to help you safeguard your content.

Broken Link Highlighting

With this latest version, links are checked automatically as they are inserted into content so that you can be notified immediately of any errors. Similar to highlighting typos, you will be alerted of broken links so that they can be fixed before publishing. This auto-checking process saves you time as the content manager and also ensures your content is not tarnished by broken or misleading URLs.

Image of link editor checker in WordPress courtesy of www.wpbeginner.com

Native System Fonts

WordPress added native font support to the back-end. The WordPress admin dashboard now uses the system font of your operating system rather than pulling fonts from external sources. This speeds up load times and gives you a more at-home feeling.

Under-the-Hood Improvements

The new version includes many notable back-end updates. From a more robust requests library to JavaScript updates, WordPress 4.6 adds flexibility, accessibility, and speed to help your site run faster and support more data. Here is a good example from WordPress’s 4.6 release blog about how back-end improvements help:

“Resource hints help browsers decide which resources to fetch and preprocess. WordPress 4.6 adds them automatically for your styles and scripts making your site even faster.”

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