WordPress 4.0 “Benny”

Version 4.0 of WordPress, named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleaderBenny Goodman, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. While 4.0 is just another number for us after 3.9 and before 4.1, we feel we’ve put a little extra polish into it. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience we think you’ll enjoy.

Introducing WordPress 4.0 “Benny”

7th Circle Designs WordPress 4.0 “Benny”

7th Circle Designs WordPress 4.0 “Benny”

Manage your media with style

7th Circle Designs WordPress 4.0 “Benny”Explore your uploads in a beautiful, endless grid. A new details preview makes viewing and editing any amount of media in sequence a snap.

Working with embeds has never been easier

Paste in a YouTube URL on a new line, and watch it magically become an embedded video. Now try it with a tweet. Oh yeah — embedding has become a visual experience. The editor shows a true preview of your embedded content, saving you time and giving you confidence.

We’ve expanded the services supported by default, too — you can embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED. Check out all of the embeds that WordPress supports.

Focus on your content

Writing and editing is smoother and more immersive with an editor that expands to fit your content as you write, and keeps the formatting tools available at all times.

Finding the right plugin

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There are more than 30,000 free and open source plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. WordPress 4.0 makes it easier to find the right one for your needs, with new metrics, improved search, and a more visual browsing experience.

The Ensemble

This release was led by Helen Hou-Sandí, with the help of these fine individuals. There are 275 contributors with props in this release, a new high. Pull up some Benny Goodman on your music service of choice, as a bandleader or in one of his turns as a classical clarinetist, and check out some of their profiles:

_Redd, Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, Adam Silverstein, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond),Alex Shiels, Alexander Rohmann, Alison Barrett, Allan Collins, Amit Gupta, Amy Hendrix (sabreuse), Andrea Fercia, Andres Villarreal, Andrew Mowe, Andrew Nacin,Andrew Ozz, Andy Skelton, Ankit K Gupta, Anton Timmermans, arnee, Aubrey Portwood, Austin Matzko, Ben Dunkle, Bernhard Kau, Boone Gorges, Brady Vercher,bramd, Brandon Kraft, Brian Krogsgard, Brian Layman, Brian Richards, Camden Segal, Carbis, Caroline Moore, Charles Fulton, Chouby, ChriCo, Chris Olbekson,chrisl27, Christian Axelsson, Christopher Finke, Christopher Spires, Clifton Griffin,codenameEli, Corey McKrill, Corphi, Daisuke Takahashi, Dan Griffiths, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Husken, Daniel Jalkut (Red Sweater), Danny de Haan, Darin Kotter,Daryl Koopersmith, Daryl L. L. Houston (dllh), David A. Kennedy, David Herrera,David Naber, DavidTheMachine, DeBAAT, Dion Hulse, Dominik Schilling, Donncha O Caoimh, Drew Jaynes, dustyn, Eddie Moya, Eduardo Reveles, Edwin Siebel, ehg,Enrique Chavez, erayalakese, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Binnion, Eric Mann, Evan Anderson, Evan Herman, Fabien Quatravaux, Fahmi Adib, feedmeastraycat, Frank Klein, garhdez, Gary Cao, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, garza, gauravmittal1995,Gavrisimo, George Stephanis, Graham Armfield, Grant Mangham, Gregory Cornelius,Gustavo Bordoni, harrym, hebbet, Hinnerk Altenburg, Hugh Lashbrooke, iljoja,imath, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), issuu, J.D. Grimes, Jack Lenox, Jack Reichert, Jacob Dubail, JanHenkG, Janneke Van Dorpe, Jaza613, Jeff Stieler, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Pry,Jeroen Schmit, Jerry Bates (jerrysarcastic), Jesin A, Jesper Johansen (jayjdk), Jesper van Engelen, Jesper van Engelen, Jesse Pollak, jgadbois, Joan Artes, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle,Joey Kudish, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, John Zanussi, Jon Cave, jonnyauk,Joost de Valk, Jordi Cabot, Josh Eaton, JOTAKI Taisuke, Julio Potier, Justin Sainton,Justin Sternberg, Justin Tadlock, jwenerd, K.Adam White, Kailey (trepmal), Kaito,kapeels, Kelly Dwan, Kevin Langley, Kevin Worthington, Kim Parsell, Kirk Wight,kitchin, Knut Sparhell, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Kurt Payne,Lance Willett, Lee Willis, lessbloat, Lew Ayotte, lritter, Luke Gedeon, m_i_n, Manny Fleurmond, Manuel Schmalstieg, Marius Jensen (Clorith), Mark Jaquith, Marko Heijnen, Matt Banks, Matt Martz, Matt Mullenweg, Matt Wiebe, Matthew Boynes,Matthew Denton, Matthew Eppelsheimer, Matthew Haines-Young, mattyrob,meekyhwang, Mel Choyce, mi_cat, Michael Adams (mdawaffe), michalzuber, Mike Auteri, Mike Hansen, Mike Little, Mike Manger, Mike Schroder, mikejolley, mikeyarce,Milan Dinic, mnelson4, Morgan Estes, Mr Papa, mrmist, Mustafa Uysal, MuViMoTV,nabil_kadimi, Namibia, Nashwan Doaqan, nd987, Neil Pie, Niall Kennedy, Nick Halsey, Nikolay Bachiyski, Nils Schonwald, Ninos, Nowell VanHoesen, Patrick Hesselberg, Paul Bearne, Paul Clark, Paul Wilde, paulschreiber, pavelevap, Peter Westwood, Philip Arthur Moore, Philip John, Piet, Piotr Soluch, Pippin Williamson,purzlbaum, Rachel Baker, RC Lations, Richard Tape, Ricky Lee Whittemore, rob1n,Robert Chapin, Robert Dall, RobertHarm, Rohan Rawat, Rouven Hurling, Ruud Laan,Ryan Boren, Ryan McCue, Sam Brodie, Samuel Wood (Otto), sathishn, Scott Reilly,Scott Taylor, ScreenfeedFr, scribu, Sean Hayes, Sean Nessworthy, Sergej Muller,Sergey Biryukov, shanebp, Shaun Andrews, Simon Wheatley, simonp303, Slobodan Manic, solarissmoke, sphoid, Stephane Daury, Stephen Edgar, Steven Jones,strangerstudios, Sumit Singh, sumobi, t4k1s, Takashi Irie, Taylor Dewey, Thomas van der Beek, Till Kruss, TobiasBg, Tom J Nowell, Tom Willmot, Topher, torresga, Tracy Levesque, Travis Smith, treyhunner, Umesh Kumar, Vinod Dalvi, vlajos,voldemortensen, Weston Ruter, winterDev, Wojtek Szkutnik, Yoav Farhi, Zack Katz,Zack Tollman, and Zoe Rooney. Also thanks to Michael Pick for producing the release video, and Helen with Adrián Sandí for the music.

If you want to follow along or help out, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress. See you soon for version 4.1!

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WordPress 3.9.2 Security Release

WordPress 3.9.2 is now available as a security release for all previous versions. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

This release fixes a possible denial of service issue in PHP’s XML processing, reported by Nir Goldshlager of the Product Security Team. It  was fixed by Michael Adams and Andrew Nacin of the WordPress security team and David Rothstein of the Drupal security team. This is the first time our two projects have coordinated joint security releases.

WordPress 3.9.2 also contains other security changes:

  • Fixes a possible but unlikely code execution when processing widgets (WordPress is not affected by default), discovered by Alex Concha of the WordPress security team.
  • Prevents information disclosure via XML entity attacks in the external GetID3 library, reported by Ivan Novikov of ONSec.
  • Adds protections against brute attacks against CSRF tokens, reported by David Tomaschik of the Google Security Team.
  • Contains some additional security hardening, like preventing cross-site scripting that could be triggered only by administrators.

We appreciated responsible disclosure of these issues directly to our security team. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 3.9.2 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now”.

Sites that support automatic background updates will be updated to WordPress 3.9.2 within 12 hours. (If you are still on WordPress 3.8.3 or 3.7.3, you will also be updated to 3.8.4 or 3.7.4. We don’t support older versions, so please update to 3.9.2 for the latest and greatest.)

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WordPress 3.9.1 Maintenance Release

After three weeks and more than 9 million downloads of WordPress 3.9, we’re pleased to announce that WordPress 3.9.1 is now available.

This maintenance release fixes 34 bugs in 3.9, including numerous fixes for multisite networks, customizing widgets while previewing themes, and the updated visual editor. We’ve also made some improvements to the new audio/video playlists feature and made some adjustments to improve performance. For a full list of changes, consult the list of tickets and the changelog.

If you are one of the millions already running WordPress 3.9, we’ve started rolling out automatic background updates for 3.9.1. For sites that support them, of course.

Download WordPress 3.9.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.”

Thanks to all of these fine individuals for contributing to 3.9.1: Aaron Jorbin, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Brian Richards, Chris Blower, Corey McKrill, Daniel Bachhuber,Dominik Schilling, feedmeastraycat, Gregory Cornelius, Helen Hou-Sandi, imath,Janneke Van Dorpe, Jeremy Felt, John Blackbourn, Konstantin Obenland, Lance Willett, m_i_n, Marius Jensen, Mark Jaquith, Milan Dinić, Nick Halsey, pavelevap, Scott Taylor, Sergey Biryukov, and Weston Ruter.

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WordPress 3.9 “Smith”

Version 3.9 of WordPress, named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. This release features a number of refinements that we hope you’ll love.

A smoother media editing experience

7th Circle Designs WordPress 3.9 “Smith”

Improved visual editing

The updated visual editor has improved speed, accessibility, and mobile support. You can paste into the visual editor from your word processor without wasting time to clean up messy styling. (Yeah, we’re talking about you, Microsoft Word.)

7th Circle Designs WordPress 3.9 “Smith”

Edit images easily

With quicker access to crop and rotation tools, it’s now much easier to edit your images while editing posts. You can also scale images directly in the editor to find just the right fit.

7th Circle Designs WordPress 3.9 “Smith”

Drag and drop your images

Uploading your images is easier than ever. Just grab them from your desktop and drop them in the editor.

Gallery previews

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Galleries display a beautiful grid of images right in the editor, just like they do in your published post.

Do more with audio and video

Images have galleries; now we’ve added simple audio and video playlists, so you can showcase your music and clips.

Live widget and header previews

Add, edit, and rearrange your site’s widgets right in the theme customizer. No “save and surprise” — preview your changes live and only save them when you’re ready.

The improved header image tool also lets you upload, crop, and manage headers while customizing your theme.

Stunning new theme browser

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Looking for a new theme should be easy and fun. Lose yourself in the boundless supply of free themes with the beautiful new theme browser.

The Crew

This release was led by Andrew Nacin and Mike Schroder, with the help of these fine individuals. There are 267 contributors with props in this release, a new high:

Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, Adam Harley, Adam Silverstein, adelval, Ajay, Akeda Bagus, Alex Concha, Alison Barrett, Allan Collins, Amy Hendrix (sabreuse), Andrea Fercia, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Norcross, Andrew Ozz, Andrey “Rarst” Savchenko,Andy Keith, Andy Skelton, Anton Timmermans, Aubrey Portwood, Barry, Bartosz Romanowski, bassgang, bcworkz, Ben Dunkle, Bernhard Riedl, bigdawggi, Bob Gregor, bobbingwide, Brad Touesnard, bradparbs, bramd, Brandon Kraft, brasofilo,bravokeyl, Bryan Petty, cgaffga, Chirag Swadia, Chouby, Chris Blower, Chris Marslender, Chris Olbekson, Chris Scott, chriseverson, chrisguitarguy, Christopher Finke, ciantic, Comparativa de Bancos, Connor Jennings, Cor van Noorloos, Corphi,cramdesign, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Jalkut (Red Sweater), Danny de Haan, Daryl Koopersmith, Dave Kellam (eightface), DaveE, David A. Kennedy, David Anderson,David Marichal, Denis de Bernardy, Dion Hulse, Dominik Schilling, Doug Wollison,Drew Jaynes, DrProtocols, Dustin Filippini, eatingrules, edik, Elio Rivero, enej, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Mann, Erica Varlese, Erick Hitter, Evan Anderson, Fahmi,fboender, Frank Klein, Gary Cao, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, genkisan, Gennady Kovshenin, George Stephanis, Graham Armfield, Grant Mangham, Gregory Cornelius,Gregory Karpinsky, hakre, hanni, Helen Hou-Sandí, ippetkov, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein),J.D. Grimes, Jack Reichert, jameslee, Janneke Van Dorpe, janrenn, JayCC, Jeff Sebring,Jen Mylo, Jeremy Felt, Jesin A, Jesper Johansen (jayjdk), jnielsendotnet, Joan Artes, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, John P. Bloch, John Regan, Jon Cave, Jonas Bolinder (jond3r), Joost de Valk, Josh Pollock, Joshua Abenazer, jstraitiff,Julio Potier, Justin Kopepasah, Justin Sainton, K.Adam White, Kailey (trepmal),Kaspars, Kelly Dwan, kerikae, Kevin Worthington, Kim Parsell, Kirk Wight, kitchin,klihelp, Knut Sparhell, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Krzysiek Drozdz,Lance Willett, Lee Willis, lkwdwrd, lpointet, Luc De Brouwer, Lucas Karpiuk, Mark Barnes, Mark Jaquith, Marko Heijnen, Marventus, Matt (Thomas) Miklic, Matt Banks,Matt Mullenweg, Matthew Boynes, Matthew Denton, Matthew Haines-Young,mattonomics, mattyrob, Matías Ventura, Max Cutler, mcadwell, Mel Choyce, meloniq,Michael Arestad, Michel – xiligroup dev, Miguel Fonseca, Mike Burns, Mike Hansen,Mike Manger, Mike Schinkel, Mike Schroder, mikecorkum, mitcho (Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine), Mohammad Jangda, Morgan Estes, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, Naoko Takano, Nashwan Doaqan, nendeb55, Nick Halsey, Nicole Arnold, Nikhil Vimal (NikV),nivijah, nofearinc, Nuno Morgadinho, olivM, Omer Korner, OriginalEXE, oso96_2000,patricknami, Paul Bearne, Paul Gibbs, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, Peter Westwood, Philip Arthur Moore, Pippin Williamson, Prasath Nadarajah, prettyboymp, Raam Dev,rachelbaker, Ram Ratan Maurya, ramonchiara, Rescuework Support, Rhys Wynne,Ricardo Correia, Richard Sweeney, Richard Tape, richard2222, Ricky Lee Whittemore,Robert Chapin, robmiller, Rodrigo Primo, romaimperator, roothorick, ruud@joyo,Ryan Boren, Ryan McCue, Sal Ferrarello, Samuel Wood (Otto), Sandeep, Scott Lee,Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, ScreenfeedFr, scribu, sdasse, Sean Butze, Sean Hayes, Sean Nessworthy, Sergey Biryukov, shahpranaf, Shaun Andrews, ShinichiN, Simon Prosser,Simon Wheatley, Siobhan, Siobhan Bamber (siobhyb), sirzooro, solarissmoke,sonjanyc, Spencer Finnell, Spencer Piontkowski, stephcook22, Stephen Edgar,Stephen Harris, Steve Bruner, Steven Word, Takayuki Miyauchi, Tanner Moushey,Taylor Lovett, tbrams, tellyworth, TobiasBg, Tom Auger, Tom Willmot, Topher,topquarky, Torsten Landsiedel, Toru, Travis Smith, Umesh Kumar,undergroundnetwork, VarunAgw, wawco, Weston Ruter, wokamoto, xsonic, Yoav Farhi, Yuri Victor, Zach Tirrell, and Ze Fontainhas. Also thanks to Michael Pick for producing the release video.

If you want to follow along or help out, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress. See you soon for version 4.0!

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WordPress 3.8.3 Maintenance Release

WordPress 3.8.3 is now available to fix a small but unfortunate bug in the WordPress 3.8.2 security release.

The “Quick Draft” tool on the dashboard screen was broken in the 3.8.2 update. If you tried to use it, your draft would disappear and it wouldn’t save. While we doubt anyone was writing a novella using this tool, any loss of content is unacceptable to us.

We recognize how much trust you place in us to safeguard your content, and we take this responsibility very seriously. We’re sorry we let you down.

We’ve all lost words we’ve written before, like an email thanks to a cat on the keyboard or a term paper to a blue screen of death. Over the last few WordPress releases, we’ve made a number of improvements to features like autosaves and revisions. With revisions, an old edit can always be restored. We’re trying our hardest to save your content somewhere even if your power goes out or your browser crashes. We even monitor your internet connection and prevent you from hitting that “Publish” button at the exact moment the coffee shop Wi-Fi has a hiccup.

It’s possible that the quick draft you lost last week is still in the database, and just hidden from view. As an added complication, these “discarded drafts” normally get deleted after seven days, and it’s already been six days since the release. If we were able to rescue your draft, you’ll see it on the “All Posts” screen after you update to 3.8.3. (We’ll also be pushing 3.8.3 out as a background update, so you may just see a draft appear.)

So, if you tried to jot down a quick idea last week, I hope WordPress has recovered it for you. Maybe it’ll turn into that novella.

Download WordPress 3.8.3 or click “Update Now” on Dashboard → Updates.

This affected version 3.7.2 as well, so we’re pushing a 3.7.3 to these installs, but we’d encourage you to update to the latest and greatest.

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