WordPress 4.7: Theme 2017

WordPress 4.7 will launch with a brand new theme – Twenty Seventeen. Designed by Mel Choyce (@melchoyce), Twenty Seventeen sports a modern look and will make a good base for any business website or product showcase.

This site runs already Twenty-Seventeen. As you can see it moves away from the blogging metaphor and adopts a business-like style.

Demonstration: Add a video to the header?

First fail as video needs to be very very small:

I tried to upload a 19 second video and it went beyond the allowed upload size:

Demo of upload fail of larger file size

How to get pages in the ongoing scrolling?

Later on we’ll see how the Customizer works when it’s all enabled for the new theme.



WordPress 4.7: Customizer

In WordPress 4.7 the customizer gets even easier to use. The experimental feature by Weston Ruter has been merged into WP Core.

When looking at your site through the customizer, you now see blue circles with the edit pens next to the place where you can edit. See below video how this works. I like it what do you think?

The hope is that this feature will take some of the guesswork out of using various themes and how to customize it. Now you just click on the blue circle and the right customizer panel will open up so you can edit it immediately.

WPTavern reports, that although there is a default Theme support available, most theme developers would need to specifically enable the various methods for their theme. If you are a theme developer you can read more about it on Jeff Chandler’s post which as the various documentation links for you.

WordPress 4.7 is scheduled to be released on December 6th, 2016.

Let us know in the comment if you’d like to access the beta.wpswfl.org to test it yourself.


WordPress 4.7: Toolbar changed

Top Row

  • Paragraph/Heading now in the top row now, so it’s easier to format subheaders in your blog posts.
  • Horizontal line in second row
  • Strikethrough in second row.

Second Row

  • Paragraph/Heading now in the top row
  • Horizontal line in the 2nd row
  • Strikethrough moved to 2nd row
  • Underlined removed
  • Justified removed

Always good to point out when talking WordPress Toolbar: 

  • More button – better navigation of Homepage/Category/Archive pages
  • Paste as Text – keep your sanity
  • Remove formatting – keep your links and your sanity.

WordPress 4.7 PDF Thumbnails

In the header you see how it works on supported hosting (here: wpenging.com)

Ciclovia Poster December 2016 – letter size

Why are we not seeing Thumbnails?

WPTavern notes some prerequisites for this to work:

In order to generate the previews, the web hosting server needs to support Imagick, ImageMagick, and Ghostscript. It might very well be that our server is not supporting this. It runs a rather old version of PHP.