See all the new features in WordPress 4.4, plus things you’ll want to check prior to updating.
And as always, do a full backup prior to upgrading.
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A few of the new features include:
- Permalink in text editor is a real link
- all images are fully responsive
- embed post from another site into your post
- comment form layout
- half of the REST API in the core
A few things to watch out for:
It’s now more important than ever to ensure that you are properly optimizing your images PRIOR to uploading them. Those image smushing plugins just don’t cut it.
See this super post on image optimization by Mary Iannotti.
If you use a comment plugin of any type, ensure that it is 4.4 compatible prior to upgrading your site.
If you use a plugin to do this now, don’t delete it until you are sure this new feature works in a way that you like first. Just deactivate, give the new oEmbed a try. Be sure to check your site on multiple browsers. If all is good, then delete your plugin if you like. You may have to go back and fix all of your old posts, though.