WordPress 4.4 “Clifford”

December has been a big month for WordPress! Right on the heals of WordCamp US 2015, WordPress 4.4, named “Clifford” in honor of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, was released.  All 38solutions customers have been updated this weekend to the new release.

The most notable features for users will be the addition of responsive images and a new default theme, Twenty Sixteen.  Responsive images will help your site load faster on mobile devices, improving overall performance.

Another new feature is an addition to the oEmbed functionality which now allows WordPress itself to be a source to easily embed posts from one WordPress site to another.  For example, below is the result of just taking the announcement about version 4.4 and copying and pasting the post URL into this post.

WordPress 4.4 “Clifford”

This is a nice way to be able to easily reference another post and still give credit and attribution to the source.

There are some other very important “under the hood” improvements in version 4.4, including:

  • REST API infrastructure
  • Term meta
  • Comment query improvements
  • Term, comment, and network objects

While these don’t mean much to the average WordPress user or site admin, they are very important to WordPress developers. We will be benefiting from these improvements as plugin and theme authors are able to take advantage of the new capabilities.


WordPress 4.3 “Billie”

This past week WordPress 4.3 was released to the community and as of today, all 38solutions sites have been upgraded. As with other releases, WordPress continues to be improved to provide a better user experience. The highlights of 4.3 include:

  • Menus in the customizer – You can now quickly and easily updated your site navigation menu with the site customizer.
  • Formatting shortcuts – Quicker, easier to user shortcuts like # and * allow you to keep typing and formatting on the fly.
  • Site icons – You can now easily update the site icon in the customizer
  • Better passwords –  When changing or creating a password, WordPress now tells you if your password is a strong one.

Watch the overview video here:

You can read the complete release announcement here or get an overview by simply going to

Enjoy the updates!


WordPress 4.2 “Powell”



WordPress 4.2 was released this past week and all 38solutions clients have been updated to this latest version.

This release focused on communication, sharing, and simplicity. One of my favorite features is the update to the old “press this” bookmark which makes sharing content very easy on your WP site.

This post was in fact created with the Press This feature!  For more details about the release you can refer to the link at the bottom, or go to

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