WordPress 4.3 update “Billie” is here

The good

Menu editor

WordPress has just been updated to version 4.3. What does it mean for casual editors? At first you will notice further improvements to the front-end customizer. After a widget editor added in WP 3.9 and improved in version 4.0, now is time for a long awaited menu editor. You no longer have to restore to editing a menu in one browser tab and refreshing the front-end view in the other. All happens within a compact and easy-to-use user interface. You might find this feature particularly handy if you are editing multiple menus at once out if you want to tweak the word length to achieve the desired visual balance.

Markdown

Next comes a welcome change to the text editor. Markdown shortcuts for adding lists and headings.

Insert “##” at the beginning of a new line to create a heading, use “-” to insert a list and “>” to start writing a quote.

Favicon

Originally introduced in the Jetpack plugin this feature has been merged with the WordPress core now. You can upload a min. 512×512 px image via the Customizer and WordPress will take care of serving the right fav image to the browser or a mobile device.

Back-end

Authors, editors and admins will enjoy a smoother admin panel experience especially on phones and tablets. Accessibility improvements should also be noted.

The other good

With each revision WP takes security more and more serious. WordPress 4.3 introduces an improved password generator. Users will also be able to reset their passwords via a link in an email.

The tightened security and removed, previously deprecated functions, might result in some plugins ceasing to work so now it’s more important than ever to run a full site backup, check if all your installed plugins have been updated to most recent revisions and then run the WordPress update.

Some premium plugins installed from outside the official plugin repository might not show that a newer version is available so always check the author’s site for an update.

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