WordPress 4.1 “Dinah”

Posted December 18, 2014 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Releases.

Version 4.1 of WordPress, named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in WordPress 4.1 help you focus on your writing, and the new default theme lets you show it off in style.

Introducing Twenty Fifteen


Our newest default theme, Twenty Fifteen, is a blog-focused theme designed for clarity.

Twenty Fifteen has flawless language support, with help from Google’s Noto font family.

The straightforward typography is readable on any screen size.

Your content always takes center stage, whether viewed on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

Distraction-free writing


Just write.

Sometimes, you just need to concentrate on putting your thoughts into words. Try turning on distraction-free writing mode. When you start typing, all the distractions will fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when you need them.

The Finer Points

Choose a language

Right now, WordPress 4.1 is already translated into over forty languages, with more always in progress. You can switch to any translation on the General Settings screen.

Log out everywhere

If you’ve ever worried you forgot to sign out from a shared computer, you can now go to your profile and log out everywhere.

Vine embeds

Embedding videos from Vine is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post. See the full list of supported embeds.

Plugin recommendations

The plugin installer suggests plugins for you to try. Recommendations are based on the plugins you and other users have installed.

Under the Hood

Complex Queries

Metadata, date, and term queries now support advanced conditional logic, like nested clauses and multiple operators — A AND ( B OR C ).

Customizer API

The customizer now supports conditionally showing panels and sections based on the page being previewed.

<title> tags in themes

add_theme_support( 'title-tag' ) tells WordPress to handle the complexities of document titles.

Developer Reference

Continued improvements to inline code documentation have made the developer reference more complete than ever.

The Choir

This release was led by John Blackbourn, with the help of these awesome folks. Check out some of their profiles while listening to Dinah Washington on the music service of your choice:

Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, Adam Silverstein, akumria, Alex Concha, Alex Mills, Alex Shiels, Allan Collins, Amaury Balmer, Amruta Bhosale, Andrea Fercia, Andrea Gandino, Andrew Munro, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrew Ryno, Andrey "Rarst" Savchenko, Ankit Gade, Ankit K Gupta, Anthony Burchell, arippberger, Arunas Liuiza, Austin Matzko, Bainternet, Barry Kooij, Ben Dunkle, Ben May, Bernhard Riedl, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), bobbingwide, Boone B. Gorges, Brady Vercher, Bram Duvigneau, Brandon Kraft, Brett Wysocki, Brian DiChiara, Brian Richards, Brian Watson, Camden Segal, Captain Theme, Carlos Zuniga, Caspie, ccprice, Charles Fulton, ChriCo, Chris A. a11n, Chris Jean, Chris Lloyd, Chris Marslender, Chris Reynolds, chriscct7, Christian Foellmann, Christopher Finke, Corey Snow, curtjen, Damon Cook, Dan Cameron, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Convissor, Darren Ethier (nerrad), Daryl Koopersmith, Dave McHale, David A. Kennedy, David Cavins, David Herrera, David Wolfpaw, David Wood, DavidTheMachine, Dennis Ploetner, Derek Herman, DH-Shredder, Dion Hulse, Dirk Weise, Dominik Schilling, Dominik Schwind, Drew Jaynes, Dustin Bolton, Dustin Filippini, Dustin Hartzler, Elio Rivero, Ella van Durpe, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Binnion, Eric Holmes, Fabien Quatravaux, Florian Ziegler, Gabe Shackle, Garth Mortensen, Gary Cao, Gary Pendergast, Gennady Kovshenin, George Olaru, George Stephanis, Greg Rickaby, Gregory Cornelius, Gregory Karpinsky (@tivnet), Gustavo Bordoni, hardy101, hauvong, Helen Hou-Sandí, heshiming, honeysilvas, hugodelgado, Ian Stewart, ianmjones, Ignacio Cruz Moreno, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), Ivan Kristianto, J.D. Grimes, jaimieolmstead, jakub.tyrcha, janhenckens, Janneke Van Dorpe, Japh, Jared Wenerd, jarednova, jeanyoungkim, Jeff Farthing, Jeff Stieler, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Herve, Jesin A, Jesper Johansen (jayjdk), Jesper van Engelen, Jesse Pollak, Jip Moors, Joe Dolson, Joe McGill, John Eckman, John James Jacoby, johnrom, Jon Brown, Jon Cave, Jonathan Brinley, Jonathan Desrosiers, Joost de Valk, Jordi Cabot, Joshua Abenazer, JOTAKI, Taisuke, Julien Liabeuf, Juliette Reinders Folmer, Justin Sainton, Justin Sternberg, K. Adam White, Kailey (trepmal), kamelkev, keesiemeijer, Kelly Choyce-Dwan, Kevin Langley Jr., Kiko Doran, Kim Parsell, Kirk Wight, kitchin, Kite, Knut Sparhell, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Kostas Vrouvas, kristastevens, Kurt Payne, Lance Willett, Laurens Offereins, linuxologos, loushou, Lucas Karpiuk, Lutz Schröer, Manoz69, mantismamita, Marco Schmoecker, Marin Atanasov, Mario Peshev, Marius L. J., Mark Hudnall, Mark Jaquith, Marko Heijnen, marsjaninzmarsa, Mathieu Viet, Matias Ventura, Matt Keys, Matt Mullenweg, Matt Wiebe, Matthew Boynes, Matthew Haines-Young, mattyrob, Maura Teal, Mel Choyce-Dwan, Mert Yazıcıoğlu, Michael Adams (mdawaffe), Michael Arestad, Michael Beckwith, Michael Cain, Michael Nelson, Michael Pick, michalzuber, Michelle Langston, Miguel Fonseca, Mike Hansen, Mike Jolley (a11n), Mikey Arce, Mitch Canter, Morgan Estes, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, mvd7793, Nashwan Doaqan, Niall Kennedy, Nick Halsey, Nikhil Vimal, Nikola Nikolov, Nikolay Bachiyski, nobleclem, noplanman, Nowell VanHoesen, OriginalEXE, p_enrique, Paul de Wouters, Paul Schreiber, Paul van Zyl, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, Peter Chester, Peter J. Herrel, Peter Westwood, Peter Wilson, Phil Johnston, Philip Arthur Moore, Philipp Cordes, phpmypython, Pippin Williamson, Pirate Dunbar, Prasath Nadarajah, psycleuk, quietnic, Rachel Baker, Rami Yushuvaev, ramiabraham, Reuben Gunday, Rian Rietveld, Richard Archambault, Ricky Lee Whittemore, Robert Chapin, Rodrigo Primo, Ryan Boren, Ryan Kienstra, Ryan McCue, Sakin Shrestha, Sam Hotchkiss, Samir Shah, Samuel Wood (Otto), Scott Kingsley Clark, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, Senff - a11n, Sergey Biryukov, Shawn Hooper, Simon Pollard, Simon Wheatley, skaeser, Slobodan Manic, Stephane Daury, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steve Grunwell, Sumit Singh, Taco Verdonschot, Takashi Irie, Takayuki Miyauchi, Takuro Hishikawa, Tammie Lister, Tareq Hasan, Taylor Lovett, Thomas Kräftner, Thorsten Frommen, Till Krüss, Timi Wahalahti, tmatsuur, Tobias Schutter, TobiasBg, Toby McKes, Tom J Nowell, Tomas Mackevicius, TomHarrigan, Topher, Torsten Landsiedel, Tracy Levesque, transom, Travis Smith, Ty Carlson, Udit Desai, Umesh Kumar, Vinod Dalvi, vlajos, vortfu, Weston Ruter, willstedt, Yoav Farhi, Yuta Sekine, Zack Rothauser, and Zack Tollman.

There were 283 contributors to this release, again a new high.

If you want to help out or follow along, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog.

Thanks for choosing WordPress. Happy holidays and see you next year for version 4.2!

WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate 3

Posted by John Blackbourn. Filed under Development, Releases.

The next release candidate for WordPress 4.1 is now available for testing.

Seventy changes have gone in since the first release candidate. With no known issues left, we plan to release 4.1 tomorrow, December 18.

To test, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the release candidate here (zip). If you’d like to learn more about what’s new in WordPress 4.1, visit the updated About screen in your dashboard ( → About in the toolbar) and also check out the Beta 1 post.

Plugin authors: Remember to test your plugins against 4.1, and if they’re compatible, make sure they are marked as tested up to 4.1. Be sure to follow along the core development blog; we’ve been posting notes for developers for 4.1 as always.

WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate

Posted December 11, 2014 by John Blackbourn. Filed under Development, Releases.

The release candidate for WordPress 4.1 is now available.

We’ve made a lot of refinements over the last few weeks. RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.1 on Tuesday, December 16, but we need your help to get there. If you haven’t tested 4.1 yet, now is the time! (Please though, not on your live site unless you’re adventurous.)

Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta support forum. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

To test WordPress 4.1 RC1, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip). If you’d like to learn more about what’s new in WordPress 4.1, visit the About screen in your dashboard ( → About in the toolbar) or check out the beta announcement.

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.1 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.1 before next week. If you find compatibility problems, we never want to break things, so please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release.

Be sure to follow along the core development blog, where we’ll continue to post notes for developers for 4.1. (For example: if you’ve written a child theme for Twenty Fifteen, some of the new pagination functions have been renamed for clarity.)

Testing four point one
Why are we up at this hour?
Code is poetry

See Also:

Want to follow the code? There’s a development P2 blog and you can track active development in the Trac timeline that often has 20–30 updates per day.

Want to find an event near you? Check out the WordCamp schedule and find your local Meetup group!

For more WordPress news, check out the WordPress Planet or subscribe to the WP Briefing podcast.


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