WordPress 4.3 includes improvements to existing features and brand new features for developers. Over the past few weeks, the core team has been posting here on make/core with a number of the developer changes in WordPress 4.3.
- All shared terms will be split on upgrade to WordPress 4.3 as part of the overall taxonomy roadmap.
- PHP4-style constructors have been deprecated, in preparation for the upcoming PHP7 release.
- Comments are now turned off on new pages, by default. And there was much rejoicing. 🎉
- Singular.php is a new theme template that can be used for any singular post, of any post type.
- A number of editor changes and enhancements have occurred this cycle, including an update to word/character counts.
- With the new site icon feature, filters have been added for custom site icon sizes as well as new Customizer controls.
- Speaking of the Customizer, changes were made to panels and sections and fast preview was enabled for menus in the Customizer.
- Header tags were updated through the admin screens, such that <h1> is now the default instead of <h2> for improved accessibility.
- Quite a few multisite changes occurred in this cycle, including the addition of
- Passwords in WordPress 4.3 are strong by default.
get_transient()is now more strict in WordPress 4.3.
- The old Distraction Free Writing (DFW) code has been removed.
- The code that powered the old theme preview has been removed.
- List tables have both API and UI changes, with the introduction of a primary column concept and easier subclassing.
WordPress 4.3 ships in just a week and a half. Prepare your themes, plugins, and apps for the changes above and comment on those posts with any questions, comments, or feedback.