Reader Poll: What Are Your Favorite Features In WordPress 4.0?

Since the release of WordPress 4.0, users have had nearly a month to get used to its new features. It’s time to find out which ones are your favorite. My favorite features are the sticky toolbar, oEmbed previews in the visual editor, and the overall improvements to the writing experience. I’ve found the sticky toolbar is especially useful on smaller screens.

If you select not listed, please use the comments to tell us what it is.

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WordPress 4.1 Development to Kickoff on Monday

As we get used to the improvements in 4.0, development on WordPress 4.1 is about to get underway. The first meeting to discuss WordPress 4.1 will be on Monday, September 29, at 1400 UTC. Also note that the Wednesday meeting (October 1) is still on for 2000 UTC as well. Since time zones can be difficult to figure out, Andrew Nacin provided further clarification on the exact time.

  • 10am U.S. Eastern (GMT-4), 7am U.S. Pacific (GMT-7).
  • This is midnight Tuesday for the East Coast of Australia (GMT+10).
  • If you’re at WordCamp Europe’s contributor day (GMT+3), this will be 5pm.

The meeting takes place on IRC in the #wordpress-dev channel. If you don’t have access to an IRC client, you can use a web-based client at If there is a particular feature you’d like to see in 4.1 or have a plugin you’d like to see merged into core, say so in the meeting or within the comment section of the announcement.


12 responses to “Reader Poll: What Are Your Favorite Features In WordPress 4.0?”

  1. I just love that the post editor ‘box’ is so much bigger. I generally edit in text mode so this is the biggest change that I see all the time and it makes my life so much better!

    • Interesting that you think it’s bigger. I didn’t notice a size increase at all but that might have been due to the way I sized it before. The fact that it resizes automatically is a big convenience. I’m surprises there hasn’t been more back lash to losing the little icon to manually make the window bigger or smaller.

      • I may have worded that unclearly – I did mean the automatic resizing to fit the post’s content. The way I work (starting posts offline) means I usually only see it when it’s full of text and therefore several screens ‘tall’ which think didn’t happen before 4.0.

        • Sometimes the automatic resizing feature makes me confused when I scroll down the screen. The editor is “fixed” on the screen with 100% height and that makes the window looked like “freeze” when scrolling.

  2. I really like the improvement on the editor, especially if you are writing tutorials and using a lot of images. Going back and forth for the media button is a lot of work, being sticky is really a big improvement. Now, I am looking forward to what they are going to do next :)

  3. To be honest, I have no favorite feature in this release. It’s all minor stuff in my opinion, ok, it’s some “polishing” and “refining” which is great. However, it’s nothing really essential like the upcoming REST API will be!

    I really hope for REAL refining and polishing in future versions, for example in these areas: the search functionality, Multisite/Network improvements, export/import improvements (timeout issues, media issues), plus handling of wpautop in a lot of situations.

  4. I had to be as honest as David– there’s no changes that really help. Even though the editing menu is sticky when you scroll down, I discovered that it doesn’t work. For example, if I am trying to format a header, if I am scrolled too far down, clicking on it won’t show any drop down menu. I still have to scroll all the way up for it to release a drop down menu. ANNOYING. So, I re-installed to the previous WordPress until they work out all the kinks.

    Serena @ Thrift Diving

  5. My favorite feature is that it continues to work. Well, for the most part. WP4 broke one plugin. But it pretty much works. I mean, it’s isn’t like it’s totally failing. It does work. I like that.

  6. i miss the old wordpress editor. some keyboard shortcuts are not working and i find it difficult to work like before. wordpress team should work on it and make it more friendly than making it so complex.



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