WordPress 4.8 ~ Check out the New Features…

WordPress 4.8 is coming [June 8, 2017 (tentatively)] and the New Features look to be amazing… Thanks to our friends at WPBeginners.com, we have the dish…

For those who don’t have a lot of experience managing their site, these major updates should smooth some of those wrinkles out… Let’s get to it:

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Visual Editor in The Text Widget: 

WP4.8By default WordPress comes with a plain text widget. This widget contains a simple text box where you can add text and HTML code. Beginners who are not familiar with HTML were unable to add links or use basic formatting in the text widget. This will change in WordPress 4.8.

The new text widget comes with a simple visual and text editor. Similar to the one you see on the post edit screen.

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WP4.8The New Image Widget:

Right now, if you want to display an image in WordPress sidebar, you will have to write HTML or use a plugin. WordPress 4.8 will introduce an image widget which will allow users to easily add images into the sidebar. You will be able to upload an image right from the widget or select any image from the WordPress media library.

Clicking on the select image will open the WordPress media uploader popup where users can upload or select an image. After inserting the image, users will be able to see a preview of the image in the widget area.

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The New Video Widget

Similar to the image widget, WordPress 4.8 will also introduce the Video widget. It will allow users to easily upload videos to their sidebar or display any video from YouTube, Vimeo, or any other oEmbed provider.

Note: we recommend that you should never upload videos to your WordPress site. Instead, you should use a video hosting provider like YouTube or Vimeo. Simply click on the ‘Select Video’ button in the widget, and then click on ‘Insert from URL’ link.

Add the URL of the video you want to embed and then click on the ‘Add to widget’ button. The media uploader popup will disappear, and you will see a thumbnail preview of your video inside the widget.

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~Read more about what’s new in WP4.8 at WPBeginners.com

How to Start Your Own Podcast (Step by Step)

WPBeginnerWPBeginner has an excellent article on creating your own Podcast. With a complete explanation of Podcasting and how to set it up, WPBeginner will get you started on setting it up and running it, with suggestions on Plugins, etc. to use. However, as always, do your own research as other plugins may work better for your needs.

Are you looking to start a Podcast? Want to know what does a perfect podcasting setup look like? In this guide, we will show you how to start your own podcast with WordPress – step by step. You will learn about how podcasts work, the best podcast equipment, the podcast WordPress plugin that you absolutely need, and more.

What is Podcasting & How Podcasts Work?

A podcast is an episodic series of audio files which users can subscribe to download and listen.

In order for your podcast to work, you need to have an audio file and a RSS Feed that users can subscribe to stay updated and download new episodes when they come out.

Because WordPress comes with a built-in RSS feed system for blogs, many podcasters choose to use WordPress as their podcast website platform.

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How to Add Signature or Ads after Post Content in WordPress

WPBeginnerWPBeginner has a tutorial for adding Display Ads after your Posts. There is a video tutorial or if you need further instructions, there is a step by step tutorial with pics.

There are two methods in which one installs a plugin, while the other adds code directly to the WP files.

Do you want to add a signature or advertisement after your blog post content in WordPress? By default, WordPress does not come with an easy way to display signature or ads after post content. In this article, we will show you how to easily add signature ads after post content in WordPress.

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How to Remove Author and Date Information from Your WordPress Posts

By default, most WordPress themes display a set of meta data on published blog posts. This typically includes at least the author and the date the post was published. Such information can certainly be useful and informative for the reader, but there are certain instances where you might want to remove author and date information. (For example, older ‘evergreen’ posts can benefit from having the published date removed, so as not to imply the content is dated.) With the above in mind, this post will show you how to remove author and date information by using a plugin.

This site uses “WP Meta and Date Remover” and you can verify the plugin works (at least with the template being used) by taking a look at this and our previous posts. There are other methods, other Plugins and we encourage you to experiment and find the one that works well with your site and/or your WP capabilities. This doesn’t have to be hard.

 

More information can be found at Elegant Themes, one of my favorite “go-to” sites for all things WordPress.