WordPress 4.4 Beta 2 now available for download

WordPress 4.4 Beta 2 which is slated for release on December 8 is now available for download and testing. This is software still in development, so it is recommend that you don’t run it on a production site.  To get the beta, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge night-lies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

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WordPress 4.4 update:

  • Twenty Sixteen — The newest default theme for WordPress.
  • Responsive Images — WordPress automatically delivers a more appropriate image to users depending on a variety of conditions like screen size, viewport size, and screen resolution.
  • Embeds — WordPress can now embed rich content from nearly all sites that support the oEmbed standard — not just YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, and the like. You can even embed previews of posts from other WordPress sites by pasting the URL on its own line.

There have been a lot of changes for developers to play with as well:

  • REST API (phase 1) — The underlying infrastructure of the WordPress REST API plugin has been included in WordPress 4.4. Plugin authors can take advantage of this by adding custom endpoints.
  • Term Metadata — Taxonomy term metadata is now included in WordPress 4.4. If you’ve already been using a plugin to implement term metadata, you should read this post on how to prepare. Also, the underlying WP_Term class improves caching when working with terms.
  • Improved output — wp_title() is now deprecated; WordPress can handle the rendering of the document title automatically.</li> <li>Comments — Comment queries are now split for performance. Also, the underlying WP_Comment class improves caching and introduces strong-typing</li> </ul> <div class="prev-next-post pure-g"> <div class="pure-u-1-24" style="text-align: left;"> </div> <div class="pure-u-10-24"> </div> <div class="pure-u-2-24">   </div> <div class="pure-u-10-24"> </div> <div class="pure-u-1-24" style="text-align: right;"> </div> </div> <script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:block" data-ad-format="autorelaxed" data-ad-client="ca-pub-4019618798333309" data-ad-slot="2431013765"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> <div id="disqus_thread"></div> <script type="text/javascript"> (function() { if (window.location.hostname == "localhost") return; var dsq = document.createElement('script'); dsq.type = 'text/javascript'; dsq.async = true; var disqus_shortname = 'sysads'; dsq.src = '//' + disqus_shortname + '.disqus.com/embed.js'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(dsq); })(); </script> <noscript>Please enable JavaScript to view the <a href="http://disqus.com/?ref_noscript">comments powered by Disqus.</a></noscript> <a href="http://disqus.com/" class="dsq-brlink">comments powered by <span class="logo-disqus">Disqus</span></a> </div> </div> </div> <script src="https://sysads.co.uk/js/ui.js"></script> <script> (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-102290739-1', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview'); </script> </body> </html>