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WordPress 4.0 “Benny” Is Here!

Hey, all…the latest, greatest version of WordPress is now here. They’re calling it “Benny” after jazz legend Benny Goodman. There are some really nice features that make using WordPress easier than ever including elimination of excessive scrolling to reach content at the bottom of a long post or page (oy!), much improved media handling and more. Enjoy! – Edward

Here’s the man himself, Matt Mullenweg’s post from WordPress.org. (You can read it on that website HERE or read on.)

Posted September 4, 2014 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Releases.

Version 4.0 of WordPress, named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleaderBenny Goodman, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. While 4.0 is just another number for us after 3.9 and before 4.1, we feel we’ve put a little extra polish into it. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience we think you’ll enjoy.


Manage your media with style

Media LibraryExplore your uploads in a beautiful, endless grid. A new details preview makes viewing and editing any amount of media in sequence a snap.


Working with embeds has never been easier

Paste in a YouTube URL on a new line, and watch it magically become an embedded video. Now try it with a tweet. Oh yeah — embedding has become a visual experience. The editor shows a true preview of your embedded content, saving you time and giving you confidence.

We’ve expanded the services supported by default, too — you can embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED. Check out all of the embeds that WordPress supports.


Focus on your content

Writing and editing is smoother and more immersive with an editor that expands to fit your content as you write, and keeps the formatting tools available at all times.


Finding the right plugin

Add plugins

There are more than 30,000 free and open source plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. WordPress 4.0 makes it easier to find the right one for your needs, with new metrics, improved search, and a more visual browsing experience.

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