WordPress 4.0, available in beta since July, was officially released today.
WordPress has a tradition of naming each version after a different jazz musician. The previous version, WordPress 3.9, was named after one of the greatest musicians of all time, Jimmy Smith. In your humble narrator's opinion, Nina Simone was really the only choice for 4.0, but the disappointment faded quickly: This version's honored personage is the one and only Professor, a.k.a. Benny Goodman, who, needless to say, is (almost) as deserving.
This version has some interesting new features. You will now have the choice of language at installation time, a redesigned media management interface, and more... There are a range of UX enhancements such as the previewing of video in edit mode, and many other improvements, as you might expect from the developers of the most popular content management systems on the planet.
Whether you are already part of the WordPress fan club or new to this awesome tool, you should know that we have updated the tutorial in our documentation to make it easy for you to install the latest version.
Some tips we would like to share:
- If you have more than one database, it's recommended that you create a new database user for your WordPress install (as opposed to giving the root user access to all databases).
- Always back up your existing WordPress installation before updating. If you have configured snapshots for Simple Hosting, be sure to take a final snapshot before you update (and remember you must back your databases up manually!)
- If you use contact forms, you can use Gandi's SMTP servers to send email from your domains.
- You should regularly update your WordPress plugins to reduce the risk of security and stability issues
As this is all set to go in Simple Hosting, you will not want to install a caching plugin for your WordPress. We do, however, recommend installing this extension: Purge Varnish Cache. That will allow you to better manage the cache when editing an article.
We hope you are as excited as we are about this new version. If you want to test it before you roll it into production, or just want to get started, you can get a free, 1-month trial just by creating a PHP MySQL instance "S" sized pack with the promo code WP4 (valid until September 10).