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WordPress 4.7 Beta 1


Last week it was announced that the WordPress 4.7 beta 1 is now available for those who want to test it out and see what the new version has to offer.

As always, the team behind the release stress that the software is still in development so it’s not recommended that you run the beta on a live site. Instead, try setting up a test site to give the new version a whirl.

The full version of WordPress 4.7 is due for release on December 6th and the team behind the release have been working hard to get everything ready but, of course, input from users is extremely valuable. The list of items that the team would love users to check for bugs consists of the following (quoted from the post linked above):

▪Twenty Seventeen – A brand new default theme brings your site to life with immersive featured images, video headers, and subtle animations. With a focus on business sites, it features multiple sections on the front page as well as widgets, navigation and social menus, a logo, and more. Personalise its asymmetrical grid with a custom colour scheme and showcase your multimedia content with post formats. Our default theme for 2017 works great in many languages, for any abilities, and on any device.

▪Video Headers – Sometimes a big atmospheric video as a moving header image is just what you need to showcase your wares; go ahead and try it out with Twenty Seventeen. Need some video inspiration? Try searching for sites with video headers available for download and use.

▪Set up your site in one flow – From finding and installing themes right inside the customiser, to automatically staged theme-specific starter content, to clickable shortcuts that jump directly to editing an item from the preview pane, to adding pages while you’re building a nav menu or setting a static front page: getting a new site spun up and ready to share with a friend or a coworker is faster and easier than it’s ever been. Note: starter content appears when live previewing brand new sites and is currently only available in Twenty Seventeen. We’ll be expanding this to other bundled themes very soon, and perhaps to sites with existing content in future releases of WordPress.

To download the beta you can either try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or download the beta directly.