The wait is over WordPress has launched its latest version WordPress 4.4 named “Clifford” in honor of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, which incorporates number of upgrades to the existing features along with brand new features that will help you get your job done in a much easier way. Clifford also comes with a new default theme, Twenty Sixteen.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT IN WordPress 4.4?

Twenty Sixteen

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The latest default theme, Twenty Sixteen, is modern theme with classic blog design. The good about Twenty Sixteen is that it’s completely compatible with screens of all sizes and is created to provide smooth experience no matter the screen: smartphone, laptop, tablet, you name it.

Responsive Images

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Clifford has also introduces Responsive images out of the box, which mean 25% of the internet will adopt a new standard in responsiveness.  For example if you navigate to a page on a smartphone your website will be responsive enough to display the image according to the size of your phone screen. This goal is achieved by using srcset attribute. This will allow the page to load faster and enhance user experience on WordPress sites.

Better Embeds

WordPress 4.4 allows users to automatically embed Tweets, Facebook status and videos by simply entering their URL in a post. Before version 4.4 this feature was only limited to sites that were whitelisted by WordPress. But with the latest version you can add embeds from any sites that support oEmbed like Cloudup, Reddit Comments, ReverbNation, Speaker Deck, and VideoPress. You can even embed post from other WordPress sites.

Note: Both sites must be using WordPress 4.4 or higher for embeds to work.

What is in for Developers

Clifford comes with lots of under the hood upgrades and changes. Developers might just need to adjust code in some of their sites.

REST API

Infrastructure for the REST API has been integrated into core, making it simpler  while developing with WordPress. The REST API gives developers an easy way to build and extend RESTful APIs on top of WordPress.