WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” is now released

Posted by Andrei on December 07, 2016 in WordPress

Named after Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, the latest version of WordPress was finally released and is now available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. We do encourage you to update your sites immediately. Remember to also upgrade your themes and plugins so you can take advantage of all the new features now.

The new version introduces some brilliant features, as are the video headers for your themes, custom CSS in the theme customizer, user-specific languages, and the much anticipated REST API content endpoints.


  • New Default Theme – Twenty Seventeen: It is an ambitious theme designed for business websites that focuses on a creative home page and an easy site setup experience for users.
  • REST API Content Endpoints: WordPress 4.7 comes with REST API endpoints for posts, comments, terms, users, meta, and settings. Content endpoints provide machine-readable external access to your WordPress site with a clear, standards-driven interface, paving the way for new and innovative methods of interacting with your site.

Other features

  • Theme Starter Content: Starter Content is a theme selections of content that will help showcase a theme to users and serve as a starting point for further setup of new sites.
  • Edit Shortcuts: Visible icons appear to show you which parts can be customized right there while live previewing.
  • Video Headers: WordPress 4.7 extends the Custom Header feature to introduce support for video. Video headers play automatically, loop by default and don’t have sound.
  • Custom CSS: WordPress 4.7 allows you to instantly see changes while adding custom CSS to give your site the look you want.
  • Custom Bulk Actions: Simpler way to register bulk actions on list table screens.
  • Page Templates for Post Types: Add support for post type templates. By opening up the page template functionality to all post types, theme developers have even more flexibility with the WordPress template hierarchy.
  • WP_Taxonomy: New WP_Taxonomy class provides methods to handle taxonomies. This changes the global $wp_taxonomies to an array of WP_Taxonomy objects.
  • More Theme API Goodies: WordPress 4.7 includes new functions, hooks, and behavior for theme developers.
  • WP_Hook: The code that lies beneath actions and filters has been overhauled. You likely aren’t affected, but if you’ve done things to the $wp_filter global or experienced funky recursion bugs in the past, please take a moment to read the dev note and test your code.
  • Customize Changesets: Browse your site and switch themes more seamlessly within the customizer, as your changes automatically persist in the background. Changesets also make exciting new features like starter content possible.
  • Attributes for Resource Hints: You’re now able to pass specific HTML attributes to these resource hints to make even better use of them.

Find out more about these new features and improvements here.

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