10 New features of WordPress 4.5

Currently in release candidate 2 stage, WordPress 4.5 looks very promising for both end-users and developers. As the release candidate 2 has been rolled out already, no more new features will be added until the final release. It is also possible that some features will not make it into the final release of WordPress 4.5.

1. The responsive preview customizer

WordPress 4.5 Responsive Preview

A great tool for developers and administrators, is the responsive preview customizer. With just a mouse click, you can test the appearance of your WordPress theme in several devices (mobile, tablet and desktop). This is a huge time saver if you are browsing for WordPress themes and want to know how they look in different devices.

2. WordPress 4.5 offers theme logo support

WordPress 4.5 Logo Support

Adopted from the WordPress Jetpack plugin, theme logo support is a welcome addition to quickly add a logo to your website. Actually, I’ve always been surprised that this feature wasn’t built in earlier, but I guess most themes offered their own solution to cover this. One of the benefits of logo support is that you will be able to upload a logo via the WordPress customizer and use it throughout all your themes. Before we had to manually upload or select the logo after changing the theme. If all goes well, the final WordPress 4.5 edition will include a new “Twenty Sixteen” theme version with support of the new logo customizer. With this example, you will be able to copy the code over to your theme.

3. Inline link editing

WordPress 4.5 Inline link Editing

Within the current WordPress setup, adding or editing a link in your editor is done through a popup window. To streamline this better, the WordPress 4.5 edition will offer inline link editing. So no more popup window, whoohoo!

4. WordPress editor shortcuts

WordPress 4.5 Keyboard Shortcuts

Additional editor shortcuts allow you to quickly format your text. Instead of selecting the text and clicking on the format button, you can now format your text with just a few clicks on the keyboard. We learned that the shortcuts for bold and italic formatting will not be included (yet) in the final WordPress 4.5 edition.

5. Comment moderating improvements

WordPress 4.5 Comment Editing

WordPress will send out an email if a new comment has been added to an article. This email consists of one massive text block where all formatting has been swiped. It seems like with WordPress 4.5 you will be presented with a much cleaner looking email.

6. Image generation optimization

A very welcome new feature to reduce the loading time of your website, is the improved image generator. With a smarter way of optimizing images, it can reduce your images by 50% without much loss of quality. the future will learn if the image generator can completely rule out having to deal with third party image tools, but it is good to see that this feature got some attention as well.

7. Paste as Text Warning

The “Paste as Text” modal warning with an explanation displays every time the button is clicked. Although this feature can be helpful in the beginning, it can become annoying after using it a couple of times. Plans are to switch the model warning off on a per user basis.

[bctt tweet=”WordPress release candidate 2 test: 10 new features explained”]

8. Emoji upgrade

Emoji, the small icons or smilies function, will be upgraded to version 2. Basically it means that the icons have been brushed up with size and performance improvements. Version 2 also includes a fix for Internet Explorer 11. 🙂

9. Twitter oEmbed URL Update

As Twitter moved its preferred oEmbed URL for single tweets to, WordPress 4.5 will include this update. The XML response format will be removed.

10. Responsive images SSL fixes

Switching over from http:// to https:// results in images not being loaded over https:// (mixed content). Some images were not displayed on the website and all kinds of mixed content warnings started to pop up. The plan is to fix this in the forthcoming WordPress 4.5 version.


Apart from these visible improvements, WordPress 4.5 includes hundreds of code improvements and bug fixes. They also put in a lot of attention into developer related improvements, such as selective refresh, embed templates, new WP_site class and Script Loader.

With all these new features and improvements, I am very excited to see WordPress 4.5 coming out. It seems that a lot of attention is going towards responsive web design and overall website performance. With this update, WordPress proves to be on top of things yet again. The release date is somewhere in the second week of April 2016!

I am curious about what you have to say about the new edition of WordPress.


Noud is an experienced web developer and founder of Data Roots. His passion is to develop high-quality websites for his customers that will last for many years. Noud's got 20 years experience developing websites for companies of all sizes and loves to help. Contact Noud.


  1. Harold Burton says

    Truly inspiring.. Matt i just started following you from few weeks. I am completely inspired by you and made my decision to have my own travel blog. I am travelling from last 3 years but never think of writing it. Your advice will be seriously very helpful for me and i think for others also.

  2. Ashley Jones says

    This is such a great post! Really easy to follow, step-by-step guide ideal for all of us would-be travel bloggers! I’ve just started a site and am thinking about investing in a domain name, so it’s really useful to know what I need to think about once I’ve got one.

  3. Harold Burton says

    I’ve started a blog last March this year and since then I’ve been following your blog. It is harder than I thought. Providing good quality all the time–and building an audience is the most difficult of all. Can you provide more tips on how to build your audience and sustain it?

  4. Holly Hooper says

    I am an Internet marketer and I like building my websites with WordPress. It’s just easy to use, requires little setup and you can practically create any type of website you like. Even though there are some flaws to the system, you can always hire a developer, or get some plugins that can fix those flaws. As an Internet marketer, I don’t have much time to scatter around the web and search for the ‘perfect’ theme. I just recently heard your website from a forum. I took a look around and I really like what I see. You are trying to give us the best WordPress templates and I think that it’s working out. I just want to say thank you because you are saving me a lot of time. I’ve even discovered two new themes thanks to your website and now I’m using them for my clients!

  5. says

    I see that you’ve shared lots of individual themes, as well as collections of themes on your website. This means that you’ve gone over hundreds, if not thousands, of themes. I’m sure that you have a very good estimation of a theme’s quality. If you had to pick one – What is the best WordPress theme?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *