Version 4.6 of WordPress, named “Pepper” in honor of jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.6 help you to focus on the important things while feeling more at home.
Don’t lose your place: stay on the same page while you update, install, and delete your plugins and themes.
The WordPress dashboard now takes advantage of the fonts you already have, making it load faster and letting you feel more at home on whatever device you use.
Inline Link Checker
Ever accidentally made a link to https://wordpress.org/example.org? Now WordPress automatically checks to make sure you didn’t.
As you type, WordPress saves your content to the browser. Recovering saved content is even easier with WordPress 4.6.
Under The Hood
Resource hints help browsers decide which resources to fetch and preprocess. WordPress 4.6 adds them automatically for your styles and scripts making your site even faster.
The HTTP API now leverages the Requests library, improving HTTP standard support and adding case-insensitive headers, parallel HTTP requests, and support for Internationalized Domain Names.
WP_Term_Query class adds flexibility to query term information while a new
WP_Post_Type object makes interacting with post types more predictable.
Meta Registration API
The Meta Registration API has been expanded to support types, descriptions, and REST API visibility.
Translations On Demand
WordPress will install and use the newest language packs for your plugins and themes as soon as they’re available from WordPress.org’s community of translators.
Masonry 3.3.2, imagesLoaded 3.2.0, MediaElement.js 2.22.0, TinyMCE 4.4.1, and Backbone.js 1.3.3 are bundled.
Customizer APIs for Setting Validation and Notifications
Settings now have an API for enforcing validation constraints. Likewise, customizer controls now support notifications, which are used to display validation errors instead of failing silently.
Multisite, now faster than ever
Cached and comprehensive site queries improve your network admin experience. The addition of
WP_Network_Query help craft advanced queries with less effort.
This release was led by Dominik Schilling, backed up by Garth Mortensen as Release Deputy, and with the help of these fine individuals. There are 272 contributors with props in this release. Pull up some Pepper Adams on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:
A5hleyRich, Aaron Jorbin, achbed, Adam Silverstein, Adam Soucie, Adriano Ferreira, afineman, Ahmad Awais, aidvu, Aki Björklund, Alex Concha, Alex Dimitrov, Alex King, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond), alexvandervegt, Alice Brosey, Ana Aires, Andrea Fercia, Andrea Gandino, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrew Rockwell, Andy Fragen, Andy Meerwaldt, Andy Skelton, Anil Basnet, Ankit K Gupta, anneschmidt, Antti Kuosmanen, Arunas Liuiza, Barry, Barry Ceelen, bassgang, Bernhard Kau, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), bobbingwide, Boone B. Gorges, Brad Touesnard, Brandon Kraft, brianvan, Bruno Borges, Bryan Petty, Bryan Purcell, Chandra Patel, Chouby, Chris Christoff (chriscct7), Chris Mok, Chris Olbekson, Christoph Herr, Christopher Finke, Cliff Seal, clubduece, cmillerdev, Craig Ralston, crstauf, dabnpits, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Hüsken, Daniele Scasciafratte, dashaluna, davewarfel, David A. Kennedy, David Anderson, David Brumbaugh, David Cavins, David Herrera, David Mosterd, David Shanske, Derek Herman, Devin Price, Dion Hulse, Doug Wollison, Drew Jaynes, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, elrae, Eric Andrew Lewis, Erick Hitter, Fabien Quatravaux, Faison, Felix Arntz, flyingdr, FolioVision, francescobagnoli, Frank Bueltge, Frank Klein, Frank Martin, Fredrik Forsmo, Gabriel Koen, Gabriel Maldonado, Gary Pendergast, gblsm, Geeky Software, George Stephanis, Hardeep Asrani, Helen Hou-Sandí, Henry Wright, Hugo Baeta, Iain Poulson, Ian Dunn, Ignacio Cruz Moreno, imath, Inderpreet Singh, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), J.D. Grimes, James Huff, James Nylen, Janne Ala-Äijälä, Jasper de Groot, javorszky, Jeff Farthing, Jeffrey de Wit, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Green, Jeremy Herve, Jeremy Ward, Jerry Bates (jerrysarcastic), Jesin A, Jip Moors, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle, Joe McGill, Joel Williams, Johan Falk, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, John P. Green, John_Schlick, Jon (Kenshino), Jonathan Brinley, Jonny Harris, Joost de Valk, Joseph Scott, Josh Pollock, Joshua Goodwin, jpdavoutian, jrf, jsternberg, Juanfra Aldasoro, Juhi Saxena, julesaus, Justin Sainton, Kelly Dwan, Kevin Hagerty, Kite, kjbenk, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Kurt Payne, Laurens Offereins, Luke Cavanagh, Lutz Schröer, Marcel Pol, Marius L. J. (Clorith), Mark Jaquith, Mark Uraine, martin.krcho, Matt Miklic, Matt Mullenweg, Matthew Batchelder, mattyrob, Mayeenul Islam, mdwheele, medariox, Mehul Kaklotar, Meitar, Mel Choyce, Michael, Michael Arestad, Michael Arestad, Michael Beil, Mike Bijon, Mike Hansen, Mike Schroder, Milan Dinić, Morgan Estes, moto hachi ( mt8.biz ), Mustafa Uysal, Nícholas André, Nextendweb, Niall Kennedy, Nick Halsey, Nikhil Chavan, Nilambar Sharma, Ninos, Noah, noahsilverstein, odyssey, ojrask, Olar Marius, ovann86, pansotdev, Pascal Birchler, Paul Bearne, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, pcarvalho, Peter Westwood, Peter Wilson, PeterRKnight, Petter Walbø Johnsgård, Petya Raykovska, Pieter, Pollett, postpostmodern, Presskopp, prettyboymp, r-a-y, Rachel Baker, rafaelangeline, raffaella isidori, Rahul Prajapati, Rami Yushuvaev, Rian Rietveld , Richard Tape, Robin Cornett, Rodrigo Primo, Ronald Huereca, Ruud Laan, Ryan McCue, Ryan Welcher, Sören Wrede, Samantha Miller, Samir Shah, Sara Rosso, schlessera, Scott Basgaard, Scott Kingsley Clark, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, screamingdev, Sebastian Pisula, semil, Sergey Biryukov, shahpranaf, Sidati, Silvan Hagen, Simon Vikström, sirjonathan, smerriman, southp, Stanko Metodiev, Stephane Daury (stephdau), Stephen, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steven Word, stubgo, Sudar Muthu, Swapnil V. Patil, Taco Verdonschot, Takashi Irie, Tammie Lister, Taylor Lovett, theMikeD, thomaswm, Thorsten Frommen, Timothy Jacobs, tloureiro, Travis Northcutt, Ulrich, Unyson, Viktor Szépe, Vishal Kakadiya, vortfu, vovafeldman, websupporter, Weston Ruter, wp_smith, wpfo, Xavi Ivars, Yoav Farhi, Zack Tollman, and zakb8.
Special thanks go to Jerry Bates for producing the release video and Hugo Baeta for providing marketing graphics.
Finally, thanks to all the community translators who worked on WordPress 4.6. Their efforts make it possible to use WordPress 4.6 in 52 languages. The WordPress 4.6 release video has been captioned into 43 languages.
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 4.7!