Chance To Try Out The New WordPress 4.0!

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"wordpress-vesion-4.0-testing"WordPress is constantly evolving and improving and the latest major change will be the rolling out of the new WordPress 4.0 version which is due out next month – however anyone looking to have a sneak peak or to try it out and see of there are any problems with it can now try out the Beta 1 version.

The WordPress version 4.0 is still under development but it is in its final stages and WordPress are offering users the chance to try out the Beta 1 version now.

According to a post by WordPress: “This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend that you run it on a production site.  Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version.

The blog post from WordPress then goes on to detail some of the new features of WordPress 4.0 and asks users to test out some of these which include changes to previews, to the media library, plugin install experiences and selecting a language.

WordPress outlined these and made a call for help to users: “We need your help testing what we’ve been working on:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Selecting a language when you run the installation process.
  • 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.
  • We’ve 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.
  • Widgets in the Customizer are now loaded in a separate panel.
  • We’ve also made some changes to some formatting functions, so if you see quotes curling in the wrong direction, please file a bug report.”

Anyone testing the Beta 1 version of WordPress 4.o who finds a bug is being asked to forward on this information to the developers to allow them to make relevant changes before the final release of the new software.

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