Version 4.7 of WordPress, named “Vaughan” in honor of legendary jazz vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.7 help you get your site set up the way you want it.
Presenting Twenty Seventeen
A brand new default theme brings your site to life with immersive featured images and video headers.
Twenty Seventeen focuses on business sites and features a customizable front page with multiple sections. Personalize it with widgets, navigation, social menus, a logo, custom colors, and more. Our default theme for 2017 works great in many languages, on any device, and for a wide range of users.
You can preview just what the new Twenty Seventeen theme looks like for yourself at http://2017.wordpress.net/.
New features in WordPress 4.6 Version
WordPress 4.7 now provides developers with the opportunity to include video headers in their themes. Users can then easily update this via the Customizer.
Setup Your Site in One Flow
The Customizer will now help you through the setup of a theme with a live preview of the changes.
Improved Menu Building
With WordPress 4.7 you can now add pages directly within the menu editor, making it easier to build out the structure of your site. When you’re finished, you can simply jump into the pages to add your content.
Custom CSS and Live Previews
One of the great new features of WordPress 4.7 is the ability to now add some custom CSS directly via the Customizer so you can preview the changes before you publish them.
User Admin Languages
This feature is ideal if you have multiple people managing the site with different native languages. If you would prefer to view the WordPress dashboard in a different language to the default set for the site, you can now control this via the user profile.
PDF Thumbnail Previews
Now you will be able to view a thumbnail of the first page of your PDF within the Media Library rather than the previous default file icon.
Features for Developers
REST API Content Endpoints
You’ll now find REST API endpoints for posts, comments, terms, users, meta, and settings. This new feature provides a great new way for external interaction with WordPress. You can find out more about the WordPress REST API here.
There has been a big overhaul of the code that makes up actions and filters in WordPress. You’ll also see that some bugs have also been fixed.
Custom Bulk Actions
You can now list tables with more than just bulk edit and delete.
Theme API Updates
For theme developers, check out the new functions, hooks and behaviour in WordPress 4.7.
Expanded Settings Registration API
register_setting() has been improved to now also have type, description and REST API visibility.
Post Type Templates
There’s now more flexibility for theme developers, as the page template functionality to all post types has been opened up.