Final WordPress 4.3 already available but is it worth it?

Just released the final version of WordPress 4.3 "Billie" with important news ] and some things that have stayed in the way for now. Let's see what brings us and, above all, if it's worth updating now …


We talked a few days ago about the incorporation of the menus to Customizer [19659006]with the added controversy that it would not replace the current management system but would double (the urge to touch the noses and mess things up).


2. Customizer in the toolbar

Another novelty incorporated in WordPress 4.3 is that now the customizer is no longer a submenu of Appearance in the Site Administrator menu but instead occupies its own independent space, as you can see in this capture:

 menu customizer wordpress 4.3

3. Site identity (favicon)

Another new feature is the new utility of Icon of the site the old name favicon that, now, can be added as you would with any another image from the personalizer of your WordPress, eliminating a task so far or very manual or using plugins, an excess.

 identity of the site in wordpress 4.3 customizer

The only thing to keep in mind is that the image you use is more than 512 pixels wide.

So this idea is fine, but boy, is not it to throw away rockets Of course, it works great, and we will all have some nice favicons added without the need for additional elements or modifications. We give you the pass.

4. Redesign of "Publish this"

Another of the novelties is the improvements introduced in the tool Publish this that already needed a fix and it seems that lately we have remembered about it since it is a jewel never sufficiently exploited and exploited.

 publish this wordpress 4.3

5. Secure passwords

In WordPress 4.3 the usability of the tool has been greatly improved, and a more complete text editor has been added to it than the misery we had until now. It's worth trying, and getting used to it is one of the little hidden wonders of WordPress (you have it in Tools -> Tools available )

Another new feature we'll see in WordPress 4.3 is a safe password generator with which, from your profile, finally have a password that really protects you from brute force attacks. It's an improvement that was already taking, of course.

Also, incidentally, no more passwords will be sent by email when creating users another good security measure.

6. Quick keyboard shortcuts in the editor

One of the incorporations in WordPress 4.3 that will have as many lovers as detractors is the inclusion of the conversion of special characters in formats automatically .

In this way , for example, if you start a line with certain characters, automatic characters will be applied, namely:

  • To create ordered lists automatically a line starts with 1. or 1)
  • To create unordered lists, automatically start a line with * or
  • To create an appointment, automatically start a line with>
  • To insert a header automatically starts a line with # and the type of header to create (from 1 to 6)

Something similar to what you do in modern word processors, and will greatly facilitate the formatting of texts on mobile devices, since you will not have to walk by selecting text with your finger and then look for the button corresponding to the format to be applied.

7. Toolbar pop-up for links in the editor

Now, clicking on a linked text you will see a mini toolbar pop-up that will allow you to quickly see or visit the link and edit it, without having to resort to the icon bar editor.

 toolbar links wordpress 4.3

8. Pages without comments by default

With the new version the pages will have inactive the comments by default, something that of course you can change manually.

9. Singular.php

The hierarchy of WordPress templates grows in this version with the addition of singular.php a new template that comes to simplify the use of single.php and page.php, since They follow the same structure. If you want to know the hierarchy of WordPress templates and the place it occupies singular.php you can see it in this post for nothing .

10. Eliminated the old way without distractions

It is not good news for lovers of that Zen way of writing without any distraction, but it is what there is. In WordPress 4.3 the code that still resided in the core of WordPress was deleted and allowed to activate still the old – and wonderful – mode without distraction, so now there is only the new one, which is fine but it is not perfect, at least in my view.

11. Improvements in tabbed administration listings

For a long time it was used in the WordPress administration listing pages WP_List_Table but the time has come to improve the system and, by the way, offer a better experience in mobile devices.


12. Improved labeling of headers in administration

So far, the title headers in the WordPress administration area used the tag

and have been changed to

. This has been changed for to comply with HTML5 standards which define that the main headers should use the tag

so everyone is happy and standardized.

This, of course, it affects plugin developers, who will have to modify the title tags if they introduce headers in the administration.

13. PHP 4 obsolete constructors

Finally, and in view of the upcoming adoption of PHP 7, for now PHP 4 constructors are obsoleted because now WordPress will only use PHP 5 style constructors, although it will maintain for the time being the compatibility with PHP 4 but marked as obsolete.

This, again, mainly affects plugin developers, so if they make a call to a PHP 4 builder they should update the code and use parent :: __ construct . Also, they will have to audit the code to make sure they are using PHP 5 style builders.

14. Improvements in Multisite

Although we are not talking about huge changes if there is a good amount of improvements especially in mysites.php, the distribution of menus, now more intuitive, or the interface to add the URL of a new site. Many improvements have also been introduced in the visualization in mobile devices, as expected.

But above all, many small flaws that had been there for decades, such as the main site could run out of space (? ), for example.

15. Other improvements

There are other improvements, mainly for developers. The complete list on this link .


– Shortcake

Also, a thing called Shortcake is being tested, which will delight lovers of the shortcodes because what this new functionality does, which we do not have in WordPress 4.3, is to offer a visual and simple user experience for the insertion of shortcodes .

Come on, ] the standard competition to the visual maquettes that have so dazzled us these days.

The good thing is that you can install it as a plugin in any WordPress 4.1 and above to start testing it. It is very also not only deals with the shortcodes as if it were an embedded object showing instantly what it is supposed to do, but also offering a manager of shorcodes to make your own collection of, of course, called Input Elements and insert them easily. Total Query.

– WP Rest API


And, finally, we get to the WP REST API also known as the JSON REST API for friends. What is this? then the next WordPress revolution .

What the WP REST API is going to do is convert WordPress into a Framework from which, through JavaScript or any other language, it can be phased out. development in PHP and offer an interface so that, without leaving WordPress, create all kinds of content and modify them.

For example, you could use the WP REST API to improve any WordPress functionality based on JavaScript, such as: [19659032] themes or plugins backbone.js

  • infinite scrolls
  • validations and forms submission
  • edition of content on the cover page
  • Or also:

    • display content from another site within a multisite network
    • ] display content from another WordPress site
    • create or update content in another WordPress installation or in another multi-site network

    Actually the possibilities are huge, and they can certainly revolutionize the way of understanding and using WordPress leaving definitively the sanbenito blog system, becoming a fully professional platform .

    The plan was that It was included in the WordPress 4.3 kernel, but it has to wait. In any case you can try it with this plugin .

    Have you seen what the administration is becoming? well, you like it or not, that's where the shots go.


    Well, then does it deserve sorry the update to WordPress 4.3?

    Fully, WordPress 4.3 introduces enough improvements of all kinds to consider it a great update which of course includes all the improvements since version 4.2 and updates security, so it's almost an obligation to update.

    Only with the improvements of the editor and save you a lot of time, and although there is controversy by the Customizer must recognize that it is the guidance to take WordPress to continue being the king of the CMS we like it a lot or a little.

    So if you're already waiting for your WordPress desktop update, or if you can download it from the official site ] (in English) or the complete distribution n Spanish in a few minutes.

    NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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