WordPress 4.2 “Powell” Official Release “Bouncing with Bud”

Today marks yet another important milestone in the history of WordPress. The first WordPress official update of the year 2015 WordPress 4.2 “Powell” is finally out after a long progress of testing and improving. This version is named after Bud Powell, one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. It seems to us that Bud’s bebop tunes are somehow reflected in the new WordPress version: fresh and harmonized! Here are some new important changes in WordPress 4.2, illustrated with infographic.

“Press This” button

This button is in fact not a stranger with WordPress user; however, it didn’t function as efficiently as it had been expected to. In this new version, this feature is greatly improved. To enable this feature, go to ‘Tools’ tab. In the ‘Available Tools’ section, you will find the button. Simply drag it to the bookmark bar in your browser and it’s ready to use. When you find a content that you want to share, click that button to seize it, edit it and post it to your page.

Here is how the “Press This” button works:

WP 4.2 Press this button gif

Extended character support

source: WordPress Blog

WordPress now supports native Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters. If that’s not enough for you, WordPress’s new utf8mb4 encoding even allows you to decorate your content with Emoji, musical and mathematical symbols, and hieroglyphs! Emoji and native characters wouldn’t be a game changer for WordPress but it would definitely add a little fresh spice to the world’s largest CMS.

Switch Theme in Customizer

Theme switching on customize board

Streamlined Plugins Update

The boring loading screen now belongs to the past. In WordPress 4.2, plugin update and install will be simplified. From the plugin lists, you’re just one click away from a new version of the plugin! The change is simple, but it makes the blogging experience so much more convenient.

New Plugin Update Interface

WordPress 4.2 “Powell” infographic

If you find our Infographic interesting, share it with your friend! And hey, don’t forget to share your thoughts and experiences on WordPress 4.2, we’d love to hear your ideas!

by Daniels Lee

A dedicated blogger at WooRockets. Love The Beatles, Queen and Led Zeppelin. When I'm not blogging, I play guitar and sing.

One thought on “WordPress 4.2 “Powell” Official Release “Bouncing with Bud””

  1. Fahad Rafiq says:

    WordPress 4.2 nicknamed Powel is all about better efficiency and communication.
    I say this because, updating plugins doesn’t load another screen and themes can be changed in the Customizer with instant preview.
    Also support for Emoji means we can write more posts that are fun and humorous. The final version of WP 4.2 has better character support too, now native Chinese users can use WordPress to build their sites and blogs.
    The Press This functionality has improved that fetches the title, images, videos etc. easily from the page you are on and post it right on your blog.
    Read the detailed review here: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/wordpress-4-2-powell-features-review/

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