WordPress 4.9 is expected to be released on November 14th, 2017. We got our hands on the first beta version to checkout the new features, changes that are coming and tested our all WordPress Plugins. In this article, we will show you what’s coming WordPress 4.9 with features and screenshots.
You can try out the beta version on your computer or on a staging environment.
Save and Schedule Theme Changes in Customizer
WordPress 4.9 will introduce saving theme customizations as draft. Now when you make changes to a theme using the customizer, you will have an option to save your changes as a draft instead of making them live.
This new feature will also allow you to share the preview of changes with a url. You can send this URL to any user, and they will be able to see your website with the changes made in that particular draft.
Want to publish your theme changes at a specific time? WordPress 4.9 will also allow you to schedule changes.
The New Gallery Widget
WordPress 4.8 brought media widgets including rich text, audio, image, and video. WordPress 4.9 will introduce the new gallery widget.
It will allow you to create a native WordPress gallery and add it to any widget ready areas.
However if you want a more powerful gallery with albums, then you need to look at a third-party plugin like Album and Image Gallery plus Lightbox
Improved Code Editing Experience
WordPress 4.9 will bring a much better code editing experience. You will see an enhanced code editor while editing code in custom CSS, theme editor, or plugin editor.