It’s been a few weeks since WordPress released their latest version 4.2.2, and I thought I’d go over a couple of the features that are most beneficial to photo bloggers. WP 4.2 was named Powell after the jazz legend and the latest update was released earlier this month.
When I first tested it out, most of the new features looked good—with the exception of theme previewing (where I received error messages). Since that time, WordPress has released two security updates (4.2.1 and 4.2.2) which also seem to have resolved other issues such as the theme previewing problem.
Press This for Sharing Images in Your Posts
By far the best new feature that photo bloggers can take advantage of in WordPress 4.2.2 is the “Press This” functionality for sharing photos and other content. After you install Press This from the Tools menu in the WP dashboard, you can add it to the button bar of your web browser. Then, when you log in to your WordPress site, you can click the Press This button while you’re on any web page to share the content in a new post. You get the option to include the images you want in your new post and you can save it as a draft or publish it immediately.
You can also use the Press This feature to share Instagram and Pinterest photos.
Streamline Plugin Updating
As a WordPress photo blog owner, you’ll probably be working with a number of plugins for displaying or selling your images. In WP 4.2.2, the process of updating your plugins has been simplified and improved. Now, when you click to update a plugin, you aren’t taken to a separate screen for the status of the update process. The updating takes place right from the installed plugins screen. This feature certainly appears to speed up the updating process.
Together with the new theme previewing, the above new features are more benefits when using WordPress for your photo blog website.