WordPress Changelog

New in version 4.1

December 19th, 2014
  • INTRODUCING TWENTY FIFTEEN:
  • Our newest default theme, Twenty Fifteen, is a blog-focused theme designed for clarity.
  • Twenty Fifteen has flawless language support, with help from Google’s Noto font family.
  • The straightforward typography is readable on any screen size.
  • Your content always takes center stage, whether viewed on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • DISTRACTION-FREE WRITING:
  • Just write.
  • Sometimes, you just need to concentrate on putting your thoughts into words. Try turning on distraction-free writing mode. When you start typing, all the distractions will fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when you need them.
  • THE FINER POINTS:
  • Choose a language:
  • Right now, WordPress 4.1 is already translated into over forty languages, with more always in progress. You can switch to any translation on the General Settings screen.
  • Log out everywhere:
  • If you’ve ever worried you forgot to sign out from a shared computer, you can now go to your profile and log out everywhere.
  • Vine embeds:
  • Embedding videos from Vine is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post. See the full list of supported embeds.
  • Plugin recommendations:
  • The plugin installer suggests plugins for you to try. Recommendations are based on the plugins you and other users have installed.
  • UNDER THE HOOD:
  • Complex Queries:
  • Metadata, date, and term queries now support advanced conditional logic, like nested clauses and multiple operators — A AND ( B OR C ).
  • Customizer API:
  • The customizer now supports conditionally showing panels and sections based on the page being previewed.
  • tags in themes:
  • add_theme_support( 'title-tag' ) tells WordPress to handle the complexities of document titles.
  • Developer Reference:
  • Continued improvements to inline code documentation have made the developer reference more complete than ever.

New in version 4.0.1 (November 21st, 2014)

  • Addresses these eight security issues:
  • Three cross-site scripting issues that a contributor or author could use to compromise a site. Discovered by Jon Cave, Robert Chapin, and John Blackbourn of the WordPress security team.
  • A cross-site request forgery that could be used to trick a user into changing their password.
  • An issue that could lead to a denial of service when passwords are checked. Reported by Javier Nieto Arevalo and Andres Rojas Guerrero.
  • Additional protections for server-side request forgery attacks when WordPress makes HTTP requests. Reported by Ben Bidner (vortfu).
  • An extremely unlikely hash collision could allow a user’s account to be compromised, that also required that they haven’t logged in since 2008 (I wish I were kidding). Reported by David Anderson.
  • WordPress now invalidates the links in a password reset email if the user remembers their password, logs in, and changes their email address. Reported separately by Momen Bassel, Tanoy Bose, and Bojan Slavković of ManageWP.
  • Version 4.0.1 also fixes 23 bugs with 4.0, and we’ve made two hardening changes, including better validation of EXIF data we are extracting from uploaded photos.

New in version 4.1 Beta 1 (November 15th, 2014)

  • New default theme, Twenty Fifteen. It’s a clean, mobile-first, blog-focused theme designed through simplicity.
  • A new distraction-free writing mode for the editor. It’s enabled by default for beta, and we’d love feedback on it.
  • The ability to automatically install new language packs right from the General Settings screen (available as long as your site’s filesystem is writable).
  • A new inline formatting toolbar for images embedded into posts.
  • There have been a lot of changes for developers to test as well:
  • Improvements to meta, date, comment, and taxonomy queries, including complex (nested, multiple relation) queries; and querying comment types (#12668).
  • A single term shared across multiple taxonomies is now split into two when updated. For more, see this post, #5809, and #30335.
  • A new and better way for themes to handle title tags.
  • Several improvements to the Customizer API, including contextual panels and sections, and JavaScript templates for controls.

New in version 4.0 (September 5th, 2014)

  • Brings you a smoother writing and management experience.
  • Manage your media with style:
  • Explore 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.
  • 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.

New in version 4.0 Beta 4 (August 16th, 2014)

  • Further improvements to the editor scrolling experience, especially when it comes to the second column of boxes.
  • Better handling of small screens in the media library modals.
  • A separate bulk selection mode for the media library grid view.
  • Improvements to the installation language selector.
  • Visual tweaks to plugin details and customizer panels.

New in version 3.9.2 (August 7th, 2014)

  • Fixes a possible denial of service issue in PHP’s XML processing, reported by Nir Goldshlager of the Salesforce.com Product Security Team. It was fixed by Michael Adams and Andrew Nacin of the WordPress security team and David Rothstein of the Drupal security team. This is the first time our two projects have coordinated joint security releases.
  • Contains other security changes:
  • Fixes a possible but unlikely code execution when processing widgets (WordPress is not affected by default), discovered by Alex Concha of the WordPress security team.
  • Prevents information disclosure via XML entity attacks in the external GetID3 library, reported by Ivan Novikov of ONSec.
  • Adds protections against brute attacks against CSRF tokens, reported by David Tomaschik of the Google Security Team.
  • Contains some additional security hardening, like preventing cross-site scripting that could be triggered only by administrators.

New in version 4.0 Beta 2 (July 19th, 2014)

  • Further refinements for the the plugin installation and media library experiences.
  • Updated TinyMCE, which now includes better indentation for lists and the restoration of the color picker.
  • Cookies are now tied to a session internally, so if you have trouble logging in, #20276 may be the culprit.
  • Various bug fixes (there were nearly 170 changes since last week).

New in version 4.0 Beta 1 (July 10th, 2014)

  • Previews of embedding via URLs in the visual editor and the “Insert from URL” tab in the media modal. Try pasting a URL (such as a WordPress.tv or YouTube video) onto its own line in the visual editor. (#28195, #15490)
  • The Media Library now has a “grid” view in addition to the existing list view. Clicking on an item takes you into a modal where you can see a larger preview and edit information about that attachment, and you can navigate between items right from the modal without closing it. (#24716)
  • We’re freshening up the plugin install experience. You’ll see some early visual changes as well as more information when searching for plugins and viewing details. (#28785, #27440)
  • Selecting a language when you run the installation process. (#28577)
  • The editor intelligently resizes and its top and bottom bars pin when needed. Browsers don’t like to agree on where to put things like cursors, so if you find a bug here, please also let us know your browser and operating system. (#28328)
  • Made some improvements to how your keyboard and cursor interact with TinyMCE views such as the gallery preview. Much like the editor resizing and scrolling improvements, knowing about your setup is particularly important for bug reports here. (#28595)
  • Widgets in the Customizer are now loaded in a separate panel. (#27406)
  • Also made some changes to some formatting functions, so if you see quotes curling in the wrong direction, please file a bug report.

New in version 3.9.1 (May 9th, 2014)

  • Fixes 34 bugs in 3.9, including numerous fixes for multisite networks, customizing widgets while previewing themes, and the updated visual editor.
  • Made some improvements to the new audio/video playlists feature and made some adjustments to improve performance.