Only woo lovers will understand how exciting it is to know that their favorite CMS is all set to introduce its next, grand, upgraded version!

Soon after the release of WordPress 4.1, in December last year, the team started working on the development of the next – WordPress 4.2 – with a bang! As the first major release of this year, to happen by the end of April, WordPress is about to acquaint you with a bunch of shiny updates.

So, we think it’s a good time to check out what new features we’ll be seeing in WordPress 4.2.


You can test WorPress4.2 in advance by downloading WordPress 4.2 beta 2. Another way to try out the beta version of this update with the WordPress Beta Tester Plugin on your computer or a staging server.

Improved Plugin Update And Installation


I was pretty excited to see how this will work as there were so much going around in discussion forums and in other similar platforms.

Plugin installation and updation process is going to be smoother than before in WordPress 4.2. Now, you can directly install the plugins from the ‘Add New Plugin’ page with one click of a button without being directed to a new page. Not only installed, these plugins will also be activated at the same time. In case you wish to install a specific plugin, but don’t want to activate it right away, you’d need to go back to the installed plugin page and deactivate it.

Similarly, you can update plugins with a single click on the installed plugins page without being taken to another page or screen. So, save on mouse clicks, install multiple plugins while staying on the same page, and enjoy excellent user experience!

Theme Customizer With Improved UI

Back in February this year, Nick Halsey had proposed the Customizer Theme Switcher feature plugin for integration into WordPress 4.2. And now it’s official that this feature is approved for blend.

In WordPress 4.2, you are about to experience an easier and faster way to browse, install and preview themes with the WordPress Theme Customizer. With this, you can also activate themes, switch them and preview from the  screen itself. Just like the new plugin installation method, you can click the ‘Add New’ button in the themes tab to look up and install fresh themes.

You can watch this video from Halsey’s channel  to know more about it.

When this whole idea was a part of ‘s proposal, he had said in the official blog-

By integrating themes directly into the Customizer, live-previewing workflows are greatly simplified, and the relationship between themes and theme/site options is clarified for the user.”

A Sleek ‘Press This’ Button

Not many using WordPress are aware of the Press This feature in WordPress. This feature is used to create posts based on an external content. Suppose you come across an interesting piece of information or quote which you want to use in one of your blog post. With Press This, you can select the text, click a bookmark and see a pop up where you can edit or modify the text, and then generate a publishable post. Although that was the main idea behind this functionality, it was ignored because it never functioned as per expectations. Several attempts are being made to make it workable and user-friendly.

Emojis For Blog Posts

Improved emoji may not be a very interesting update for most of you, but we know some  of our readers cannot write a sentence without them (thanks to online chatting systems!).

It’s known that WordPress supports basic emoticons to be used in posts. Also, users with a little higher level of affection for cute smileys can add emoji support to the system; however, the core set up never supported that.

WordPress 4.2 will make the best use of these fun ways to express feelings and communicate over the internet. From your mobile device, now you will be able to add  directly into any field where you can put text in WordPress.

Other Improvements

*More default color schemes in the WordPress Admin area.

*Screen readers will now be able to read JavaScript-generated response, all because of a brand new feature in wp.a11y.speak() function.

*Resolved instances of updates from different taxonomies in shared terms. In WordPress 4.2, shared terms across various taxonomies will split if any one of them is updated.

And that’s all we have (right now) to share with you about the upcoming version of WordPress. Don’t forget to drop your comments and let us know which among these features made you go restless! Also, you can share with us your opinions or what you want to see in the next versions of this loved-by-all CMS!