Although I am a blogging fanatic, I am not really one to geek out over new WordPress updates.
But WordPress 4.8 has a few new features that are pretty amazing.
I have been WAITING for these to happen and they are finally here!
First, let me tell you that I have been using self-hosted WordPress (which is the platform that many A-list bloggers choose to blog on) since I started blogging in 2007.
Actually, my first blog was on Blogger – but I quickly migrated it to WordPress because I loved the professionalism and flexibility of it.
Back then, self-hosted WordPress was not nearly as user friendly as it is today.
I do not have a coding background, and I had to really delve in and learn html and css, just to get my site to look decent.
And hosting – don’t even get me started.
I have tried quite a few different hosting companies – and now I have 2 favorites:
- SiteGround – for inexpensive, quality hosting combined with great customer service, and
- StudioPress Sites – for managed WordPress hosting. Perfect for those of us who don’t want to deal with any hosting hassles at all.
But back to those new features in WordPress 4.8.
The reason why I am so excited about these new features is that you can use even less code than you needed to before.
Less is better – trust me.
Add Photos To Your Sidebar with the New Image Widget
The new image widget does what it says – it gives you the ability to add an image to your sidebar without hardcoding it in.
You can even set the image to link to wherever you want it to link to.
So it doesn’t have to be just a pretty picture, it can also guide your reader to another page on or off your site.
Yes! The Rich Text Widget
Now you can format the text in a text widget using a rich text editor.
Bold, italics, links, and bullets!
No need to code in the formatting.
This is a huge timesaver.
Veteran WordPress bloggers know the frustration of forgetting an ending tag and messing up the entire formatting of the site.
Add Videos to Your Sidebar with the new Video Widget
This one is similar to the Image Widget, except that you can add videos from your media library to display in your sidebar (or any other widgetized section of your website.)
The Audio Widget
Even though I don’t plan to use this one in the foreseeable future, podcasters and musicians are probably loving it.
Easily add an audio file into a widget.
Now You Can Make Links More Neatly
WordPress 4.8 also added in a behind the scenes feature that adds link boundaries to your the links in your blog posts.
Have you ever created a link and then added some text after it?
You know what happens.
The new text becomes part of the link.
So, then you have to go into the text editor and adjust the ending link tags yourself.
Well, this will happen no more.
Why am I telling you this?
These Changes in WordPress 4.8 Make It Easier for Beginner Bloggers
I am excited for YOU.
If you are a beginner blogger, it is even easier for you to get started on the self-hosted WordPress platform.
Related Post: Blogging for Beginners FAQ’s
WordPress 4.8 gives you a few more formatting options to make your blog look nice and more functional.
The update makes it just a little better for you, if you don’t know how to code.
Don’t get me wrong – you will still need to learn some basic coding skills – but you can get up and running and learn as you go.
If you would like – you can click here to see the full list of updates in WordPress 4.8.