WordPress just published the third Beta version of its upcoming 4.7 model. The new WordPress will have a variety of new features, and the Beta 3 release introduces some fixes on previous issues. WordPress 4.7 is scheduled for launch on December 6.
The popular blogging platform and content management system will have its last major update of the year with the release of 4.7. Over 60 million websites built on WordPress will receive the much-awaited update in just a couple of weeks.
In total, the new WordPress will introduce over 500 new components to the complex structure of its websites. Beta 3 is the latest version to come out, but it may not be the last before the early December launch.
WordPress 4.7: New tools and features
Developers and webmasters have been craving the new WordPress build ever since the platform started teasing it. Version 4.7 will include not only some aesthetically pleasing features but also enhanced functionality tools.
The upcoming 4.7 will include a new default theme under the name of Twenty Seventeen. As WordPress puts it, the Twenty Seventeen issue will feature more graphic and dynamic elements, including video headers, animated transitions, and more.
Moreover, developers can now edit their sites and content more seamlessly thanks to new workflow tools built in Twenty Seventeen. More themes and bundles will get this option following the rollout of 4.7.
The company notes this is a plus for developers who wish to step up their game and stop relying just on predetermined or paid themes. Now users can customize sites and watch the changes as they happen.
Administrators of the site will now get the option to choose from their preferred programming language to use on the site. For this option to be available, developers need to have downloaded the appropriate language packages. Users then can enable their language of choice on their profile.
Also featured in WordPress 4.7 is a new preview function for PDF documents. Thumbnails showing a preview of the PDF will pop up when uploading for better attachment management.
Furthermore, editors and administrators can now access more bulk actions. Users can now customize the deployable menu beyond just bulk edit and delete. These customizable options include, for example, the action of emailing elements in size as well.
How to try out WordPress 4.7
The WordPress team has launched three betas so far before the official release of 4.7. The developers have fixed nearly 300 bugs and errors in the three-week period between builds.
Those who want to test the latest version of WordPress can download the WordPress Beta Tester plugin for .com clients, or download the platform itself for those hosting content in WordPress.org.