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WordPress 4.3 Release Candidate

Posted July 29, 2015 by Konstantin Obenland. Filed under Development, Releases.

The release candidate for WordPress 4.3 is now available.

We’ve made more than 100 changes since releasing Beta 4 a week ago. RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.3 on Tuesday, August 18, but we need your help to get there.

If you haven’t tested 4.3 yet, now is the time!

Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta support forum. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

To test WordPress 4.3 RC1, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.3, check out the Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3, and Beta 4 blog posts.

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.3 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.3 before next week. If you find compatibility problems, we never want to break things, so please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release.

Be sure to follow along the core development blog, where we’ll continue to post notes for developers for 4.3.

Drei Monate Arbeit
Endlich das Ziel vor Augen
Bald hab ich Urlaub!

WordPress 4.2.3 Security and Maintenance Release

Posted July 23, 2015 by Gary Pendergast. Filed under Releases, Security.

WordPress 4.2.3 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

WordPress versions 4.2.2 and earlier are affected by a cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could allow users with the Contributor or Author role to compromise a site. This was initially reported by Jon Cave and fixed by Robert Chapin, both of the WordPress security team, and later reported by Jouko Pynnönen.

We also fixed an issue where it was possible for a user with Subscriber permissions to create a draft through Quick Draft. Reported by Netanel Rubin from Check Point Software Technologies.

Our thanks to those who have practiced responsible disclosure of security issues.

WordPress 4.2.3 also contains fixes for 20 bugs from 4.2. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.2.3 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.2.3.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to 4.2.3:

Aaron Jorbin, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Boone Gorges, Chris Christoff, Dion Hulse, Dominik Schilling, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, Gabriel Pérez, Gary Pendergast, Mike Adams, Robert Chapin, Nikolay Bachiyski, Ross Wintle, and Scott Taylor.

WordPress 4.3 Beta 4

Posted July 22, 2015 by Konstantin Obenland. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.3 Beta 4 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.3, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.3, check out the Beta 1, Beta 2, and Beta 3 blog posts. Some of the changes in Beta 4 include:

  • Fixed several bugs and broken flows in the publish box in the edit screen.
  • Addressed a number of edge cases for word count in the editor.
  • Site icons can now be previewed within the customizer. The feature has been removed from general settings.
  • Various bug fixes. We’ve made more than 60 changes in the last week.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Few Tickets Remain
Edge Cases Disappearing
You Must Test Today

WordPress 4.3 Beta 3

Posted July 15, 2015 by Konstantin Obenland. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.3 Beta 3 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.3, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.3, check out the Beta 1 and Beta 2 blog posts. Some of the changes in Beta 3 include:

  • Performance improvements for Menus in the Customizer, as well as bug fixes and visual enhancements.
  • Added Site Icon to the Customizer. The feature is now complete and requires lots of testing. Please help us ensure the site icon feature works well in both Settings and the Customizer.
  • The improvements to Passwords have been added to the installation flow. When installing and setting up WordPress, a strong password will be suggested to site administrators. Please test and let us know if you encounter issues.
  • Improved accessibility of comments and media list tables. If you use a screen reader, please let us know if you encounter any issues.
  • Lots and lots of code documentation improvements.
  • Various other bug fixes. We’ve made more than 140 changes in the last week.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Want to test new things?
Wonder how four three shapes up?
Answer: beta three

WordPress 4.3 Beta 2

Posted July 8, 2015 by Konstantin Obenland. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.3 Beta 2 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.3, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.3, check out the Beta 1 blog post. Some of the changes in Beta 2 include:

  • Fixed an issue in beta 1 where an alert appeared when saving or publishing a new post/page for the first time.
  • Customizer improvements including enhanced accessibility, smoother menu creation and location assignment, and the ability to handle nameless menus. Please help us test menus in the Customizer to fix any remaining edge cases!
  • More robust list tables with full content support on small screens and a fallback for the primary column for custom list tables. We’d love to know how these list tables, such as All Posts and Comments, work for you now on small screen devices.
  • The Site Icon feature has been improved so that cropping is skipped if the image is the exact size (512px square) and the media modal now suggests a minimum icon size. Please let us know how the flow feels and if you encounter any glitches!
  • The toolbar now has a direct link to the customizer, along with quick access to themes, widgets, and menus in the dashboard.
  • We enabled utf8mb4 for MySQL extension users, which was previously unintentionally limited to MySQLi users. Please let us know if you run into any issues.
  • Various bug fixes. We’ve made almost 100 changes in the last week.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Edges polished up
Features meliorated
Beta Two: go test!

WordCamps Update

Posted by Andrea Middleton. Filed under Community, Events.

Last week saw the halfway point for 2015, yay! This seems like a good time to update you on WordCamp happenings in the first half of this year.

There have been 39 WordCamps in 2015 so far, with events organized in 17 different countries and on 5 continents. More than 14,000 people have registered for WordCamp tickets so far this year, isn’t that amazing?

WordCamp Europe was held in Seville, Spain just a few weeks ago, with close to 1,000 registered participants and over 500 live stream participants. You can watch  Matt Mullenweg’s keynote Q&A session from WordCamp Europe right now on WordPress.tv.

WordPress.tv has published 537 videos so far in 2015 from WordCamps around the world. Some of the more popular 2015 WordCamp talks on WordPress.tv include Tammie Lister: Theme, Don’t Be My Everything from WordCamp Maui, Jenny Munn: SEO for 2015 – What’s In, What’s Out and How to Be In It to Win It (For Good) from WordCamp Atlanta, Fabrice Ducarme: Les Constructeurs de Page pour WordPress from WordCamp Paris, Ben Furfie: How to Value Price Websites from WordCamp London, and Morten Rand-Hendriksen: Building Themes From Scratch Using Underscores (_S) from WordCamp Seattle. Check them out!

Lots of great WordCamps are still to come

WordCamp US is currently in pre-planning, in the process of deciding on a host city. The following cities have proposed themselves as a great place to host the first WordCamp US: Chattanooga, Chicago, Detroit, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. It’s possible the first WordCamp US will be held in 2016 so we can organize the best first WordCamp US imaginable.

At this time, there are 28 WordCamps, in 9 different countries, that have announced their dates for the rest of 2015. Twelve of these have tickets on sale:

The other 16 events don’t have tickets on sale yet, but they’ve set their dates! Subscribe to the sites to find out when registration opens:

On top of all those exciting community events, there are 26 WordCamps in pre-planning as they look for the right event space.  If you have a great idea for a free or cheap WordCamp venue in any of the below locations, get in touch with the organizers through the WordCamp sites:

Don’t see your city on the list, but yearning for a local WordCamp? WordCamps are organized by local volunteers from the WordPress community, and we have a whole team of people to support new organizers setting up a first-time WordCamp. If you want to bring WordCamp to town, check out how you can become a WordCamp organizer!

WordPress 4.3 Beta 1

Posted July 2, 2015 by Konstantin Obenland. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.3 Beta 1 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.3, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

4.3 is due out next month, but to get there, we need your help testing what we’ve been working on:

  • Menus can now be managed with the Customizer, which allows you to live preview changes you’re making without changing your site for visitors until you’re ready. We’re especially interested to know if this helps streamline the process of setting up your site (#32576).
  • Take control of another piece of your site with the Site Icon feature. You can now manage your site’s favicon and app icon from the admin area (#16434).
  • We put a lot of work into Better Passwords throughout WordPress. Now, WordPress will limit the life time of password resets, no longer send passwords via email, and generate and suggest secure passwords for you. Try it out and let us know what you think! (#32589)
  • We’ve also added Editor Improvements. Certain text patterns are automatically transformed as you type, including * and - transforming into unordered lists, 1. and 1) for ordered lists, > for blockquotes and two to six number signs (#) for headings (#31441).
  • We’ve improved the list view across the admin dashboard. Now, when you view your posts and pages on small screen devices, columns are not truncated and can be toggled into view (#32395).

Developers: There have been a few of changes for you to test as well, including:

  • Taxonomy Roadmap: Terms shared across multiple taxonomies will now be split into separate terms on update to 4.3. Please let us know if you hit any snags (#30261).
  • Added singular.php to the template hierarchy as a fallback for single.php and page.php. (#22314).
  • The old Distraction Free Writing code was removed (#30949).
  • List tables now can (and often should) have a primary column defined. We’re working on a fallback for existing custom list tables but right now they likely have some breakage in the aforementioned responsive view (#25408).

If you want a more in-depth view of what changes have made it into 4.3, check out all 4.3-tagged posts on the main development blog.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed so far.

Happy testing!

Site icons for all
Live preview menu changes
Four three beta now

WordPress 4.2.2 Security and Maintenance Release

Posted May 7, 2015 by Samuel Sidler. Filed under Releases, Security.

WordPress 4.2.2 is now available. This is a critical security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

Version 4.2.2 addresses two security issues:

  • The Genericons icon font package, which is used in a number of popular themes and plugins, contained an HTML file vulnerable to a cross-site scripting attack. All affected themes and plugins hosted on WordPress.org (including the Twenty Fifteen default theme) have been updated today by the WordPress security team to address this issue by removing this nonessential file. To help protect other Genericons usage, WordPress 4.2.2 proactively scans the wp-content directory for this HTML file and removes it. Reported by Robert Abela of Netsparker.
  • WordPress versions 4.2 and earlier are affected by a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could enable anonymous users to compromise a site. WordPress 4.2.2 includes a comprehensive fix for this issue. Reported separately by Rice Adu and Tong Shi from Baidu[X-team].

The release also includes hardening for a potential cross-site scripting vulnerability when using the visual editor. This issue was reported by Mahadev Subedi.

Our thanks to those who have practiced responsible disclosure of security issues.

WordPress 4.2.2 also contains fixes for 13 bugs from 4.2. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.2.2 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.2.2.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to 4.2.2:

Aaron Jorbin, Andrew Ozz, Andrew Nacin, Boone Gorges, Dion Hulse, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, Gary Pendergast, Hinaloe, Jeremy Felt, John James Jacoby, Konstantin Kovshenin, Mike Adams, Nikolay Bachiyski, taka2, and willstedt.

WordPress 4.2.1 Security Release

Posted April 27, 2015 by Gary Pendergast. Filed under Releases, Security.

WordPress 4.2.1 is now available. This is a critical security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

A few hours ago, the WordPress team was made aware of a cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could enable commenters to compromise a site. The vulnerability was discovered by Jouko Pynnönen.

WordPress 4.2.1 has begun to roll out as an automatic background update, for sites that support those.

For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.2.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now”.

WordPress 4.2 “Powell”

Posted April 23, 2015 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Releases.

Version 4.2 of WordPress, named “Powell” in honor of jazz pianist Bud Powell, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.2 help you communicate and share, globally.


An easier way to share content

Press ThisClip it, edit it, publish it. Get familiar with the new and improved Press This. From the Tools menu, add Press This to your browser bookmark bar or your mobile device home screen. Once installed you can share your content with lightning speed. Sharing your favorite videos, images, and content has never been this fast or this easy.


Extended character support

Character support for emoji, special charactersWriting in WordPress, whatever your language, just got better. WordPress 4.2 supports a host of new characters out-of-the-box, including native Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters, musical and mathematical symbols, and hieroglyphs.

Don’t use any of those characters? You can still have fun — emoji are now available in WordPress! Get creative and decorate your content with 💙, 🐸, 🐒, 🍕, and all the many other emoji.


Customizer theme switcher

Switch themes in the Customizer

Browse and preview your installed themes from the Customizer. Make sure the theme looks great with your content, before it debuts on your site.

Tumbr.com oEmbed example

Even more embeds

Paste links from Tumblr.com and Kickstarter and watch them magically appear right in the editor. With every release, your publishing and editing experience get closer together.

Inline plugin updates

Streamlined plugin updates

Goodbye boring loading screen, hello smooth and simple plugin updates. Click Update Now and watch the magic happen.


Under the Hood

utf8mb4 support

Database character encoding has changed from utf8 to utf8mb4, which adds support for a whole range of new 4-byte characters.

JavaScript accessibility

You can now send audible notifications to screen readers in JavaScript with wp.a11y.speak(). Pass it a string, and an update will be sent to a dedicated ARIA live notifications area.

Shared term splitting

Terms shared across multiple taxonomies will be split when one of them is updated. Find out more in the Plugin Developer Handbook.

Complex query ordering

WP_Query, WP_Comment_Query, and WP_User_Query now support complex ordering with named meta query clauses.


The Team

Drew JaynesThis release was led by Drew Jaynes, with the help of these fine individuals. There are 283 contributors with props in this release, a new high. Pull up some Bud Powell on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:

@mercime, A5hleyRich, Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, Abhishek Kumar, Adam Silverstein, Ahmad Awais, Alex King, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond), Alin Marcu, Allan Collins, Andrea Fercia, Andrew Bauer, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Norcross, Andrew Ozz, Ankit Gade, Ankit K Gupta, Anton Timmermans, Aram Zucker-Scharff, ArminBraun, Ashfame, Austin Matzko, avryl, Barry Kooij, Beau Lebens, Ben Doherty (Oomph, Inc), Billy Schneider, Boone B. Gorges, Brandon Kraft, Brian Krogsgard, Brian Watson, CalEvans, carolinegeven, Casey Driscoll, Caspie, Catalin Dogaru, Chip Bennett, chipx86, ChriCo, Chris Baldelomar, Chris Olbekson, chriscct7, Christian Foellmann, Christopher Finke, Clifton Griffin, Code Master, Corphi, Courtney Ivey, Craig Ralston, cweiske, Daisuke Takahashi, Damian, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Jalkut (Red Sweater), Darin Kotter, Darren Ethier (nerrad), Daryl L. L. Houston (dllh), Dave McHale, David A. Kennedy, David Anderson, David Herrera, Davide 'Folletto' Casali, davideugenepratt, davidhamiltron, Denis de Bernardy, Derek Herman, Derek Smart, designsimply, Dion Hulse, dipesh.kakadiya, Dominik Schilling, doublesharp, DzeryCZ, Dzikri Aziz, e.mazovetskiy, Eduardo Reveles, Edward Caissie, Elio Rivero, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, elliottcarlson, enej, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Binnion, Erick Hitter, Evan Solomon, Fabien Quatravaux, fhwebcs, Florian Simeth, Frank Bueltge, Frank P. Walentynowicz, Franz Josef Kaiser, gabrielperezs, Gary Cao, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, Geert De Deckere, genkisan, George Stephanis, Graham Armfield, Gustavo Bordoni, hakre, Harish Chaudhari, hauvong, Helen Hou-Sandí, herbmillerjr, Hew, Hinaloe, horike, Hugh Lashbrooke, Hugo Baeta, Ian Dunn, ianmjones, idealien, imath, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), J.D. Grimes, Jack Lenox, James Collins, janhenckens, Jeff Farthing, Jeffrey de Wit, Jeremy Felt, Jesin A, jipmoors, Joan Artes, Joe Dolson, Joe McGill, Joel Bernerman, Joen Asmussen, John Blackbourn, John Eckman, John James Jacoby, John Levandowski, Jonathan Desrosiers, joost de keijzer, Joost de Valk, Jose Castaneda, Josh Levinson, jphase, Julio Potier, Justin Kopepasah, Justin Sternberg, Justin Watt, K.Adam White, Kailey (trepmal), Kelly Dwan, Kevin Ruscoe, Kim Parsell, Kite, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Lance Willett, Leonard, Leonardo Giacone, Liam Gladdy, maimairel, Mako, Manny Fleurmond, marcelomazza, Marco Chiesi, Marcus Kazmierczak, Marin Atanasov, Mario Peshev, Marius (Clorith), Mark Jaquith, Mark Senff, Marko Heijnen, Matt Gibbs, Matt Martz, Matt Mullenweg, Matt Wiebe, Matt Zak, Matthew Boynes, Matthew Eppelsheimer, Matthew Haines-Young, mattyrob, Max Cutler, mehulkaklotar, Mel Choyce, meloniq, Michael Adams (mdawaffe), Michael Arestad, Michael Beckwith, michalzuber, Mike Glendinning, Mike Hansen, Mike Jordan, Mike Schinkel, MikeNGarrett, Milan Dinic, mmn-o, Mohammad Jangda, MomDad, Morgan Estes, Morpheu5, Naoko Takano, nathan_dawson, Neil Pie, Nick Halsey, nicnicnicdevos, Nikhil Vimal, Nikolay Bachiyski, ninnypants, nitkr, Nuno Morgadinho, OriginalEXE, Paresh Radadiya, Pat Hawks, Paul Bearne, Paul Schreiber, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, Payton Swick, Pete Mall, Pete Nelson, Peter Wilson, Pippin Williamson, podpirate, postpostmodern, Prasath Nadarajah, prasoon2211, Primoz Cigler, r-a-y, Rachel Baker, rahulbhangale, Rami Yushuvaev, Rastislav Lamos, Ravindra Pal Singh, Rian Rietveld, Ritesh Patel, Robert Chapin, Rodrigo Primo, Ross Wintle, Ryan Boren, Ryan Marks, Ryan Welcher, Sagar Jadhav, Samir Shah, samo9789, Samuel Sidler, Scott Grant, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, scott.gonzalez, ScreenfeedFr, scribu, Sean Hayes, Sergej Muller, Sergey Biryukov, sevenspark, Simon Wheatley, Siobhan, sippis, Slobodan Manic, Stephane Daury, Stephanie Leary, Stephen Edgar, Steve Grunwell, stevehickeydesign, Steven Word, taka2, Takashi Irie, Takuro Hishikawa, theMikeD, thomaswm, Thorsten Frommen, Till, Timothy Jacobs, tiqbiz, tmatsuur, tmeister, Tobias Schutter, TobiasBg, tomdxw, Travis Northcutt, trishasalas, Ty Carlson, UaMV, Udit Desai, Ulrich Sossou, Veritaserum, voldemortensen, VolodymyrC, vortfu, Weston Ruter, William Earnhardt, willstedt, and WordPressor.

Special thanks go to Siobhan McKeown for producing the release video and Cami Kaos for the voice-over.

Finally, thanks to all of the contributors who provided subtitles for the release video, which at last count had been translated into 30 languages!

Adrian Pop, Alin Marcu, Bagerathan Sivarajah, Besnik, Bjørn Johansen, Chantal Coolsma, cubells, Daisuke Takahashi, Diana K. Cury, DjZoNe, dyrer, Elzette Roelofse, Emre Erkan, fxbenard, TacoVerdo, Gabriel Reguly, Jenny Wong, Gary Jones, Håvard Grimelid, Joachim Jensen, Jimmy Xu, Junko Nukaga, JustinaKenan DervisevicKostas Vrouvas, Krzysztof Trynkiewicz, Luís Rodrigues, Luis Rull, Mark Thomas Gazel , Marius Jensen, matthee, Mattias Tengblad, Matúš Záhradník, Mayuko Moriyama, Michal Vittek, Milan Dinić, MrShemek, Naoko Takano, pavelevap, Peter Holme Obrestad, Petya Raykovska, Przemysław Mirota, qraczek, Rafa Poveda, Rami Yushuvaev, Rasheed Bydousi, Rhoslyn Prys, Robert Axelsen, Sergey Biryukov, Siobhan Bamber, Stephen Edgar, ک To Have داشتن, Torsten Landsiedel, Victor J. Quesada, Wolly, Xavi Ivars, Xavier Borderie

If you want to follow along or help out, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress. See you soon for version 4.3!

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