New WordPress Features You Have to Love

WordPress is by far the most popular Content Management System (CMS) in the world. Current estimates say that over 50% of the world’s websites are now powered by this CMS.

To achieve this success, WordPress has had to continue to update its system with the latest features. In 2015, there has been a range of new features available for users to take advantage of. We’re going to discuss the main new WordPress features you absolutely have to love.

Insights

The primary tool released by WordPress we’re going to discuss is Insights. This new analytics tool can help you discover when your site is most popular. It will help you figure out when to post and your audience’s favorite habits.

These insights aren’t anything new. The difference is previously blog owners had to find a third-party plugin to get this information. These aren’t always reliable or accurate, so it’s a blessing for people who want to study their site with confidence.

While WordPress has decided to release a valuable tool, it’s still recommended that you continue to use popular analytics providers, such as Google Analytics. They will continue to provide far more in-depth stats than WordPress’s new Insights feature. It simply adds a few new tools to your arsenal.

Posting Activity Visualization

Technically, Posting Activity Visualization is part of the Insights feature, but it’s so useful that we’ve decided to include it independently.

It works in the same way as a calendar infographic. It monitors your own posting habits to help you figure out when you post most frequently. The bluer on a specific day the more active you are on this day.

It’s an extremely powerful piece of information to have when A/B testing. Many blog owners will try different days to see what gets them the most traffic. This tool will keep track of the path you go down, enabling you to test different dates with ease.

New Emoji Support

Emoji’s have been strangely absent from WordPress. That’s all changed as the latest version of WordPress now provides official support for built-in emoji support for every website.

Now you can add emoji’s to posts, comments, and in post slugs. They are supported anywhere where you can add text.

This will only consist of a number of normal emoji’s. Don’t expect to see any of the exotic emoji’s. These will still only be available via third-party plugins.

Customizer Themes

The WordPress customizer has undergone some changes. It’s now easier than ever to browse and preview all your different themes. Now you’ll be able to preview and activate themes directly from this screen.

It’s far more efficient and will mean you can cycle through different themes in a matter of seconds. This is handy if you’re not quite sure what theme to go with yet because you’re no longer dealing with a clunky loading screen reliant on the speed of your Internet connection.

Plugin Installation Changes

WordPress has attempted to streamline its core features in the latest update. Plugin installation has changed. You can install plugins directly from the search results, or the ‘Add New Plugin’ feature.

Furthermore, any plugin you do install will be activated automatically. It makes sense because whenever you download a plugin of course you want to activate it. To deactivate it, you can return to the Install Plugins page. It’s exactly the same process as before in reverse.

This alteration is simply about efficiency. Users have complained about the outdated roundabout methods of some core WordPress features for years. This will see WordPress step into the modern era and make things quicker and easier for all. Tyler James-Hall over at We Pay the Most says this is the feature that he likes the best and is glad that WordPress introduced it.

The Press This Button

If you haven’t heard of the Press This tool before, you’re not the only one. This was a feature brought in a long time ago, but it never caught on. Only advanced WordPress users knew of its existence.

There are two major improvements brought in, in order to resurrect this feature.

First, the bookmarklet. This bookmarklet can be dropped onto the bookmarks bar of your browser. Whenever you are on any page online, you can press this button and it will automatically open up the post editor in the form of a pop-out window.

It automatically fills in the page’s title, image, and page excerpt for you. This is handy if you’re posting about complex topics that require sources. However, the average WordPress user will find it a great tool to save little pieces of inspiration.

The second tool is a link maker. If you’re on a page on your mobile device, it will add a page to your home screen or bookmarks, depending on what type of device you’re using.

Changes to Themes

Lately there has been a change to the way themes are presented and approved for WordPress. The WordPress Theme Directory has presented serious problems over the years because of a lack of consistency and value.

WordPress is seeking to change this. Well-known writer Justin Tadlock has already put forward some updates to build a directory that can better be reviewed, and the bad parts removed. While this is a change we’re likely to see in the future, the extent of these changes is currently unknown.

The latest feedback from users on the changes has been varied.

The Future is WordPress

We’ve gone through the primary features mentioned in the last few months. Some of these have already been released in stripped down forms, whereas others are simply revamps of existing features that weren’t getting enough love.

What does this say about the future of WordPress, though?

First, we have to look at what is now the most expensive project released by the WordPress community to date. Run by Dan Griffiths, HostPress is a piece of software designed to substitute extra expensive control panels for an alternative run on the same Opensource model as WordPress.

This is particularly potent because it demonstrates how WordPress continues to expand its functionality. In many cases, these updates represent WordPress’s need to catch up with other software options. There are also cases where WordPress continues to push the boundaries, such as in the case of the WordPress Theme Directory.

What all this shows is that WordPress continues to assert its dominance and websites powered by WordPress have a bright future ahead of them.

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Alesia Hsiao is a professional writer who specializes in business topics. She has written for numerous sites on the web and is known for providing her readers with valuable guest posting services  content.

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