The first WordPress 4.1 beta version was released last week, and is ready for download. Here’s your chance to set up a test site to check out the new features and improvements in the new version.
According to the announcement from 4.1 release lead John Blackbourn, the 4.1 version is due for release in December 2014. And the WordPress 4.1 team could use your help in testing WordPress.
What’s New in WordPress 4.1?
You’ll find many improvements in WordPress 4.1; one I’ll be testing is the new distraction-free writing feature.
Here’s more details of the 4.1 features:
- The new default theme, Twenty Fifteen. A blog-focused theme designed by Takashi Irie in close collaboration with Ian Stewart, Twenty Fifteen offers a simple, clean look with custom backgrounds and headers. With its mobile-first approach and focus on typography, the theme displays well across all devices.
- A new distraction-free writing mode, allowing you to focus on your writing. When you start to type in the editor, the meta boxes and other surrounding interface elements fade out. Once you move out of the editor, through action with the keyboard, mouse, or by tapping, the meta boxes and other interface elements reappear.
- Inline formatting toolbar for images embedded into posts
- Improvements to meta, taxonomy, date, and comment queries, with support for nested queries for meta, taxonomy and date queries.
Get Started Testing WordPress 4.1
Join in the beta testing today!
To install WordPress 4.1 beta version, you have two options:
- Use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin. Select “bleeding edge nightlies”.
- Download the release candidate zipfile
Remember, beta versions are early test versions. Don’t use 4.1 on a production site.