WordPress release its 3.8 version in the end of 2013 and couple months later, once again we are waiting to release for another milestone: WordPress 3.9. This is expected to release in April.
In the meantime wordpress launched its 3.9 beta 2 versions. Download 3.9 beta 2 versions and try out some of the advance features that are expected to be appended in wordpress 3.9.
Here we will discuss about predictable changes in wordpress 3.9 comparatively to 3.8.
Live Widget Management
In wordpress 3.8 when we go to Appearance –>Customize then we see given below window.The options in wordpress 3.8 are almost same as old versions of wordpress.
But in WordPress 3.9, a lot of things have changed in the Appearance –>Customize window. WordPress 3.9 comes with Header Image and Widget Customize two new features.
Header Image– Now you can add or change your theme’s header image very easily just by clicking on Add new button. You can select your desired image from your computer.
Widget Customize –Widget Customize allow you to edit widgets, reorder widget, and even to add new widgets.
The Best part is that you can see the live preview of your all widget adjustments on your website.
Visual Editor updates
TinyMCE is a great platform that powers the visual editor in WordPress. In wordpress 3.8 we get an addition option of Paste from Word that is used to copy text from Microsoft word document to your post or page.
In wordpress 3.9 TinyMCE was updatedto the latest version. The update made it possible for them to remove the Paste from Word button.
Also there is new addition of a Horizontal Line button on the visual editor header. This can be used to add horizontal lines in your post.
Given belowyou can see how these Horizontal lines looks after adding them into the document.
Add New Theme
There was a lot of updates introduced in wordpress 3.8 theme section .When you see difference between wordpress 3.8 and 3.7 in their theme section then you can realize that 3.8 is more cool and effectual then previous versions.
On clicking on Add new button in Appearance–>Theme section you can see given below window
WordPress 3.9 provide you a better themes experience then all of its previous versions. When you click add new button it will open a new window offering up a more efficient user interface for theme installation.
In the above image you can see a underline for selected option .In addition you can see counter that display total number of theme present in that option. Like there are total 7 theme present in featured section.
Effortless Media handling in visual editor
In wordpress 3.8 when we want to add a media and there is a long process to add and edit a media file.
But in wordpress 3.9 lot of things have changed now it is very easy to add and edit your media.
Drag and drop images-Adding image is now very easy just drag the image that you want to add in post and drop it in location where you want to add it
Re-sizing Image– Now you can re-size your image very easily you don’t need to open another window for that. You can do that directly by clicking on an image and re-sizing it by dragging the handles on the corner.
Gallery View– In wordpress 3.9 you can see the live gallery previews in the visual editor. When you add a gallery to your post or page, images will be showed in a beautiful grid in the visual editor.
That is much better than showing the blank image like in WordPress 3.8.
Audio and Video Playlist
In wordpress 3.8 there is not any option to add an audio and video playlist.
But in 3.9 you can add a playlist of audio and video files. You can access this when you visit to the Insert Media screen.
You can add audio and video files in playlist just by using drag and drop.