With WordPress 4.4 “Clifford” out, there’s a lot of talk about the changes related to the REST API infrastructure integration and more.
Here’s an account of what’s new, and links to details you shouldn’t miss.
|Did You Know: WordPress core developers love jazz, and hence all major releases are named in honor of jazz musicians they admire. WordPress 4.4 is named “Clifford” in honor of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown.
(But forgive me for watching too many cartoons and not listening to enough jazz. Big red dog anyone? Anyone?)
WordPress 4.4 – The Overview
Although the official release notes do have a summary of the changes, Cozmoslabs” article WordPress 4.4 “Clifford” explained by Cristian Antohe, explains them in a much better way, with all details- major and minor- in a single account. And it’s a great read if you haven’t been keeping track of the changes so far.
So, to explain the article in short, here’s what’s new:
- The REST API Infrastructure integration
- WordPress 4.4 has taken the first step towards integrating a standard REST API which can be used and extended by themes and plugins.
- However, since it involves only infrastructure integration, you’ll need the WP API plugin to access your site’s data in JSON format.
- The API in the core can be used by theme and plugin authors to build new interfaces.
- Twenty Sixteen
- Unlike Twenty Fifteen which was clearly a blog-focused theme, the new WordPress default theme can be used for various types of websites.
- It’s clean and minimalist design is the brainchild of Takashi Irie (the designer of Twenty Fifteen)
- Personally speaking, Twenty Sixteen reminds me of Twenty Twelve. For thoughts from others and more details about this theme, you can read- Introducing Twenty Sixteen.
- Responsive Images: You should expect faster loading times on mobile devices with version 4.4. Now, WordPress will fetch and load the image size based on the device’s screen size.
- Embed Feature: WordPress allows oEmbed consumers to now embed posts from WordPress websites.
- Taxonomy Term Meta: If you keep the REST API aside for a moment, here’s something that’s got the developers thrilled too. Term meta can make it simple for developers to add meta information such as images and icons, to taxonomy terms.
- Other Updates
The REST API
If you want to dive deep into the details of WP REST API, Tom Ewer has written an expansive post on the WP REST API (And How It Could Change WordPress Forever).
Here’s a snippet from the post:
To put it in a nutshell, the integration of the JSON REST API will mark the final transformation of WordPress from its humble roots as a blogging solution into a fully-featured application platform.
By providing an agreed, standardized programmatic interface between WordPress and the outside world, the software opens itself up to every other application and development environment on earth.
- The REST API opens up options for platforms based on languages other than PHP to communicate with WordPress websites
- You can move from responsive websites to purely mobile based apps with WordPress as the backend. AppPresser has a great article on this.
That’s all for now!
But for more on this, and many such updates, stay tuned! 🙂