WordPress 4.5 Beta 4

In case you’re following the development of the next stable release of WordPress which is version 4.5, then you’d be happy to know that we’re getting closer to it. The scheduled release is next month and the dev team together with the community are hard at work in preparing the final version and with that, WordPress 4.5 Beta 4 has been released a few days back.

Here are some of the changes and fixes included in Beta 4:

  • Add support for oEmbed moments and timelines from Twitter (#36197).
  • More changes to better support HHVM with Imagick. Test with HHVM setups and resizing/rotating images.
  • Tightened up the Inline Link feature.
  • Support <hr> editor shortcut with 3 or more dashes (---); no spaces. To give more time to study the best shortcuts for users, text patterns for bold and italic have been removed and won’t ship with for 4.5.
  • Fixes for SSL with Responsive Images. Test with SSL, especially on sites with mixed http/https setups.
  • Allow rewrite rules to work in nested WordPress installations on IIS.

Aside from the ones listed above, the dev team has also fixed numerous bugs and have made almost 100 changes during the last week.

Again, a friendly reminder to all WordPress users – WordPress 4.5 Beta 4, along with any other beta or release candidates are considered as software that are still in development. This means that it is not designed or recommended to be used on a live/production site. If you want to try it out, make sure that you have setup a separate dummy or test site where you can install it.

Those who are interested in testing WordPress 4.5 Beta 4, you can do so via the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (select “bleeding edge nightlies”) or by downloading a copy of the zip file.

If you’re testing WordPress 4.5 Beta 4 and think that you have discovered a bug, please submit your findings by posting it on the Alpha/Beta area in the WordPress support forums.

Anyone else trying out or tested Beta 4? How was your experience using it? Did you find any issues or problems with it? What are the new and upcoming features on WordPress 4.5 are you looking forward to? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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