First of all let me introduce myself…
Hi, I’m Paul Andrew and just last month I started work at Envato as Content Lead on Market Blog. After my many years at Speckyboy I’m pretty familiar with the design community in general, but I’m still learning the ins and outs of the huge Envato Community and as such felt this was a good time to get to you know you guys.
And the best way to get to know each other is to have a shared passion. We’re on ThemeForest, lets talk WordPress.
With WordPress 4.0 due to be unleashed this week, I was wondering if you guys have any thoughts about it? Do you think it will be a smooth upgrade? Could there be any theme or plugin compatibility issues? Do you foresee a heavier burden on support? Or are you, just as the rest of design community appears to be, relaxed about it all?
I suppose the topic for discussion is, do you have any major concerns about the release of WordPress 4.0?
I see Market Blog as the gateway from the Envato Community to the design community as a whole, so if we get enough responses I’ll create a post on the blog and share your WordPress 4.0 concerns with the rest of the design world. I was thinking that ‘Thoughts from the Envato Community on WordPress 4.0’ would make a great blog title. What do you think?
First time here, please be gentle with me
Seems like a regular update with all pros and cons we are in general more excited about new features than afraid of the work related to updating our themes. I am really looking forward for the plans for mobile in wp 4.x…
My only concern is that some users wil expect a big new feature or change, just because we rolled over to 4.x.x.
4.0 certainly brings some awesome new changes and I am looking forward to the release, there should be no major issues for the authors as only a few (3rd party) libraries were updated.
I have been using the RC and so far I am not concerned. If your theme is coded properly I think the upgrade should go smoothly.
I think this release is not as big a leap as 3.0 was and I believe most people will be pleased with. I especially love the plugin discovery page but I do wish they would look at the widget manager and export it’s setting together with the content.
It will support 41 Languages by default (this will make things a lot easier for those customers who want to deal with WordPres in their native language) ; and new user friendly Post Editor (which scrolls as you add content and saves your time from moving up and click on some editor buttons.) seems to be most exciting feature ; we’ll see
In terms of updating, this versions should do any harm. It’s a simple version with not too much code change – a bigger challenge was made by WP3.9, when TinyMCE was updated and a lot of plugins were broken, or WP3.5 when the new media uploader was introduced.
But for 4.0 i don’t think that most authors should do anything for their themes to support it.
WP 4.0 does not add big changes. It does not follow “Semantic Versioning”.
I had a look at the RC a couple of days ago and it’s fine – no problems at all. It’ll be one of the least disruptive updates in quite some time I think.
I’ve been using beta and RC versions for a few months now and I have not noticed any compatibility issues at all.