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Congrats WordPress 4.4!

WordPress 4.4 is now available on a website near you. First up, the release video:

WordPress 4.4 added some major things behind the scenes (REST API infrastructure) and really sweet things on the front end, like responsive imaging.

For all of you Jetpack users, Photon already supports the vast majority of new hotness with responsive imaging with the rest to come very, very soon.

Twenty Sixteen is now the present. You’ve seen the theme on this site for months now—it has had a pretty clean development cycle. There only thing that I particularly noticed as a minor coloring issue on the secondary color schemes which was quick to patch. I do wish they post format templates were a bit more interesting (or different at all), but that’s my only real critique. It looks good with great accessibility.

The new oEmbed support is pretty great. Need to drop in a post from any other site running WordPress 4.4+? Just drop the link into the visual editor, like https://wordpress.org/news/2015/12/clifford/ for the release post and it transforms into:

WordPress 4.4 “Clifford”

Props to Scott for directing a fine release and for all the contributors this cycle. My contributions this round include some documentation improvements, stop you from being notified of spam comments, adding VideoPress as a trusted oEmbed provider, my first JavaScript contribution, and a few other random things here and there. 28 commits total for 4.4, which blows away anything I’ve done before. Most of those were for enhancing the “Cheatin ‘Eh?” family of error messages (which puts a bug in my ear to look at wp_die() since there are some nice little wins in there).

For more juicy information about 4.4 Clifford, check out Post Status and WP Tavern.

 

By Brandon Kraft

My life is an open-source book.

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