WordPress 4.4 Out Now, Makes All Images Responsive & Adds Embeddable Posts

WordPress has released version 4.4, the latest update to its uber-popular content management platform. The company says this release is named “Clifford” in tribute to jazz musician Clifford Brown.

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Much more importantly, WordPress 4.4 offers a couple of new features to make your website a little more mobile-friendly and potentially more visible on other WordPress blogs and websites.

  • Responsive Images: All images uploaded into WordPress are automatically made responsive, so they’ll adapt in size to different devices and browser dimensions. “You don’t need to do anything to your theme, it just works,” the announcement says.
  • Embeddable Posts: WordPress is expanding its embeddable content options, which include the ability to embed a WordPress article from one site onto another WordPress site. From the announcement: “Simply drop a post URL into the editor and see an instant embed preview, complete with the title, excerpt, and featured image if you’ve set one. We’ll even include your site icon and links for comments and sharing.” WordPress 4.4 also adds embed support for Cloudup, Reddit Comments, ReverbNation, Speaker Deck and VideoPress.

WordPress 4.4 also brings with it the new “Twenty Sixteen” theme, the company’s annually updated default theme. As you’d expect, it’s responsive. And there are a number of updates to the backend that developers will want to know about; those are detailed on the 4.4 codex page.