Download WordPress 4.2 Beta 2

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The second beta release of WordPress version 4.2 has been released. With this program, which is made available under a GPL license, it is possible to set up and maintain a weblog. WordPress is easy to set up and can be up and running in under five minutes if a server with PHP and MySQL is already available. There are possibilities to further extend the functionality of WordPress, in addition to blogging, and improve the appearance with plugins and themes to adjust. The main changes made in beta 1 and 2 can be found below.

WordPress 4.2 Beta 2

  • Added support for entering FTP and SSH credentials when updating plugins in-place. FTP and SSH users, please test!
  • Improved cross-browser support for emoji throughout WordPress. If you’re using an older web browser, please tell us if you have problems using emoji.
  • Further refined Press This authoring with auto-embedded media and better content scanning. We’d love to know how auto-embeds work for you.
  • Added a constructor and improved method consistency in WP_Comment_Query. Developers: if you’re extending WP_Comment_Query, please let us know if you run into any issues.
  • Various bug fixes. we’ve made more than 70 changes at the last week.

WordPress 4.2 Beta 1

  • Press This has been completely revamped to make sharing content from around the web easier than ever. The new workflow is mobile friendly, and we’d love for you to try it out on all of your devices. Navigate to the Tools screen in your WordPress backend to get started (#31373
  • Browsing and switching installed themes has been added to the Customizer to make switching faster and more convenient. We’re especially interested to know if this helps streamline the process of setting up your site (#31303
  • The workflow for updating and installing plugins just got more intuitive with the ability to install or update in-place from the Plugins screens. Try it out and let us know what you think! †#29820
  • If you felt like emoji were starkly missing from your content toolbox, worry no more. We’ve added emoji support nearly everywhere, even post slugs (#31242

Developers: There have been a lot of changes for you to test as well, including:

  • Taxonomy Roadmap: Terms shared across multiple taxonomies will now be split into separate terms when one of them is updated. Please let us know if you hit any snags (#5809
  • New wp.a11y.speak() functionality helps your JavaScript talk to screen readers to better inform impaired users what’s happening on-screen. Try it out in your plugin or theme and let us know if you notice any adverse affects (#31368
  • Named clause support has been added to WP_Query, WP_Comment_Query, and WP_User_Query, allowing specific meta_query clauses to be used with orderby. If you have any complex queries, please test them (#31045#31265

Version number 4.2 beta 2
Release status beta
Operating systems script language
Website WordPress
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License type GPL
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