Ahmad Awais

Senior Full Stack WordPress developer — WP Core Contributor — Front-end Fanatic — Accidental Writer. I love to write, talk, build, and share everything about WordPress. You can find me making small automation scripts for DevOps stuff or toying around with WP Business ideas. Let's catch up at Twitter @MrAhmadAwais.

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WordPress 4.5 Coleman Released!

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Guess what, WordPress 4.5 Coleman named against jazz legend “Coleman Hawkins” was just released. I again managed to contribute to the WordPress core. Check out the video below and a few improvements mentioned below.

 

I Contributed to WordPress 4.5

I feel humbled to be included in the list of core contributors to WordPress 4.5. I have been contributing to the WordPress core since WordPress 4.2.

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To be honest, my contributions are really minimal, this time, I worked along Eric Lewis — Network Architecture Cartographer at The NewYork Times and core committer at WordPress to replace in the networks and sites: usage of “blog” with “site” in docs. WordPress has outgrown itself from just a blog to a complete CMS. It’s only fair we address the lingo.

P.S. I have contributed a few more patches but they might become part of the core in a future release.

WordPress 4.5

This release was led by Mike Schroder, backed up by Adam Silverstein as Release Deputy, Mel Choyce as Release Design Lead, and the help of these fine individuals. There are 277 contributors with props in this release.

Editor Improvements

There have been certain improvements in the post editor.

Inline Linking

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The user experience of adding inline links has been updated and is much more streamlined. I’d say it is a much less distracting interface. Of course, you can click the gear icon to revert back to the advanced interface.

Formatting Shortcuts

Formatting

I always enjoy using as much keyboard shortcuts as I can remember. I consider it a better workflow. One thing that I felt had been missing in the WP post editor was the code shortcut, esp. for bloggers who write code. Well, not anymore.Use the backticks and you’ll get a code wrapped word/sentence. Use the backticks and you’ll get a code wrapped word/sentence. E.g `code` and --- to create an <hr/> tag that represents a horizontal rule.

Customization Improvements

Customizer has gone through a good deal of improvements in this release. I am a huge fan of Weston Ruter; his work related to Customizer is amazing. While not in the core yet, but he has been working (along with other contributors) over getting the post metadata in the Customizer. I am pretty excited about that stuff. Imagine Customizer in the form of a Single Page Application like Calypso.

Live Responsive Previews

Now you can check your site on all screens via live responsive previews! Preview mobile, tablet, and desktop views directly in the customizer.

Custom Logos


This one was a long time coming. Themes can now support logos for your business or brand. The Twenty Fifteen and Twenty Sixteen themes have been updated to support custom logos, which can be found in the Site Identity section of the customizer.

Under the Hood

Selective Refresh

The customizer now supports a comprehensive framework for rendering parts of the preview without rewriting your PHP code in JavaScript. See it in action with Menus.

Smart Image Resizing

Generated images now load up to 50% faster with no noticeable quality loss. It’s really cool.

JavaScript Library Updates

jQuery 1.12.3, jQuery Migrate 1.4.0, Backbone 1.2.3, and Underscore 1.8.3 are bundled.

Script Loader Improvements

Better support has been added for script header/footer dependencies. New wp_add_inline_script() enables adding extra code to registered scripts.

Better Embed Templates

Embed templates have been split into parts and can be directly overridden by themes via the template hierarchy.

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Senior Full Stack WordPress developer — WP Core Contributor — Front-end Fanatic — Accidental Writer. I love to write, talk, build, and share everything about WordPress. You can find me making small automation scripts for DevOps stuff or toying around with WP Business ideas. Let's catch up at Twitter @MrAhmadAwais.