What to Expect in WordPress 4.7

Last Updated on September 21, 2022 by 18 Comments

What to Expect in WordPress 4.7
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As the expected WordPress 4.7 release draws nearer, we thought it would be helpful to give you a quick rundown of everything you can expect in the upcoming WordPress 4.7 release. From a new default theme, to video headers and starter content, WordPress 4.7 will bring some great new features to this platform we all enjoy so much.

So, with the latest WordPress 4.7 Beta 4 release installed on my localhost, I’ll take you through a quick tour of everything you can expect in WordPress 4.7.

New Default Theme – Twenty Seventeen

Don’t expect a creative departure from the normal default theme naming system, but 4.7 will bring us a new default theme just in time for the new year. First reaction after previewing the new theme? “Wow, big header image!”

WordPress 4.7

With multiple front-page sections, Twenty Seventeen definitely fulfills its promise of focusing more on creating fully functional business websites over simple blogs. While the general aesthetic remains the same from previous years, this focus shift is the most radical change in default theme style that I can remember.

Integrated Theme Starter Content

Jumping into the Customizer brings even more new features. First off, you’ll see something many have been pining for:

Starter content.

In the Customizer, the default Twenty Seventeen theme includes lots of helpful starter content. Instead of needing to guess what goes best where, all you need to do is replace the existing placeholders with your own information:

WordPress release

Starter content is currently only available for fresh installs. But I hope this feature continues to grow because it makes it a lot easier to get up and running quickly.

Visible Edit Shortcuts

You may have noticed another new feature in the screenshot above. WordPress 4.7 also includes visible edit shortcuts which make the Customizer a whole lot easier to use. Instead of having to manually find the section you want to edit, you can now click on one of the visible edit shortcuts to instantly open that tab in the Customizer:

WordPress site identity

For example, clicking the shortcut by the site title instantly opens up the Site Identity tab of the Customizer.

While this feature is especially great for new users, I think it will save everyone a ton of time.

Note – theme developers have to update their theme in order to take advantage of the visible edit shortcuts. So, you’ll only be able to use this feature on themes which support it. Hopefully theme developers are diligent about updating their themes because it really is a helpful feature.

Easy Video Header Integration

Video headers have become a popular design trend. And while some premium themes make it easy to implement video headers, they were never integrated into the core WordPress Customizer. WordPress 4.7 changes that by letting you easily add video headers through the Customizer.

But here’s the even cooler part:

You can embed video headers directly from YouTube. All you need to do is paste a YouTube URL in the Customizer and you can instantly have your own auto playing video header:

WordPress 4.7 header

To test it out, I pasted in a URL for a Divi YouTube video. In literally two seconds I had a fully functioning video background for my header. Very easy and super-duper cool!

video background header

Custom CSS in the WordPress Customizer

If you use Divi, you’ve been enjoying this functionality for quite some time. But users of other themes will love the addition of custom CSS to the Customizer. This addition does two things:

  1. It eliminates the need to use a child theme to add custom CSS. Now, you can just paste your CSS directly into the Customizer.
  2. It makes it possible to preview CSS changes in real time.

WordPress CSS

If this feature expands in future releases, it may be possible to completely eliminate the need for child themes. But for now, it’s limited to CSS – you’ll still need to make liberal use of a child theme for the functions.php file.

Minor Changes to the WordPress Editor

WordPress 4.7 brings some minor changes to the WordPress Editor. If you’re a fan of the underline button, I’ve got bad news – it’s been completely removed. They’ve also moved the paragraph format drop down up a line and made some other minor tweaks with strikethroughs and horizontal lines.

WordPress Editor

Other Front-End Goodies

The above features are the major front-end updates you can expect in WordPress 4.7, but there are some smaller features that are also worth noting.

  • Visual PDF Previews – if you upload a PDF, you’ll be able to actually see a preview of it in the thumbnail instead of staring at the same generic icon for every single PDF file.
  • Language Settings for Individual Users – individual users will now be able to change the language settings for their admin dashboard on a per-account basis. Users will only be able to choose from installed languages, though.

Nothing too major, but if either of these affect you or your users, I’m sure they’ll be welcome additions.

Behind-the-Scenes Goodies

As usual, WordPress 4.7 also brings some new developer features and performance tweaks. Here are some of the behind-the-scenes features you can expect:

  • Post Type Templates – developers will now be able to add different templates to all post types instead of just pages.
  • Custom Bulk Actions – developers can now add custom bulk actions to their themes. So, when you select multiple items inside your dashboard, you’ll now be able to potentially interact with them in new ways.
  • REST API content endpoints – any developers will want to check this out, as WordPress says “If you only test one thing as a developer, please test these.”
  • Locale Switching – the admin toolbar will now use the language of a site’s content, rather than the language of its admin area.

And of course, lots of smaller tweaks that could fill pages but would likely bore you to death!

Wrapping Things Up

All things taken into consideration, I’ll say that WordPress 4.7 is a much more exciting release than 4.6. First off, the new Twenty Seventeen default theme is a bit of a departure with its focus on business.

The WordPress Customizer has also gotten a lot more useful with additions like easy video headers, visible edit shortcuts, and custom CSS.

I also think the Post Type Templates will allow developers to add some cool new functionality to the custom post types used by their themes.

If you want to check out all of these new features for yourself, you can install WordPress 4.7 Beta 4 and take it for a spin. Just don’t install it on a live website yet!

Which feature are you most excited for? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. Will you give us some infos about relations we can build between Post Type Templates and Divi Builder?
    Thank you.

  2. What a great update. I specially like the customizer’ s new features. The post’s templates would also change a lot of things ! Thanks for this post !

  3. My divi theme is coming up blank after wordpress 4.7 update??

    • Please make sure you have updated to the latest Divi release and if the problem persists please create a ticket in our support forum here https://elegantthemes.com/forum

  4. With a focus on business sites, Twenty Seventeen features multiple sections on the front page as well as widgets, navigation and social menus, a logo, and more. Personalize its asymmetrical grid with a custom color scheme and showcase your multimedia content with post formats. The Twenty Seventeen theme works great in many languages, for any abilities, and on any device.

  5. Thanks for the heads up, Colin! Am looking forward to the new features 🙂

  6. I can’t wait to play with 2017 and video headers. Thanks for the update.

  7. Is it safe to upgrade a WordPress install that’s running a Divi theme? I don’t want to rush into it and be left with a dead site 🙁

    • After every WP release we have a minor Divi update. If you’re concerned, wait for that and test it locally first.

  8. Awesome updates. Love the post types template and Rest API endpoints goodies! 2017 is brewing already, what would be for Divi and Extra?

  9. Love the ability to post YouTube video links as video backgrounds. Can we expect this change to come to Divi? It would be nice. Having to format videos in mp4 and webm formats seems an unneccessary chore at this point.

  10. You don’t need to use to use the functions.php file. You can create your own plugin to put functions in (which you can still use if you swap themes) and the new css section in the Customizer eliminating the need for a child theme.

  11. I can’t wait, really wordpress 4.7 version is awesome! So new functions and creative! Do you know when will be released?

  12. What a great update. I specially like the customizer’ s new features. The post’s templates would also change a lot of things ! Thanks for this post !

  13. Hi there! Thanks for this run-down. There are some very useful tweaks coming in 4.7.

    Off-topic: please tell me how you did your “Our Huge Cyber Monday Deal Starts Now!” banner at the top. Is it a plugin? Something we can do. There functionality to close the banner is especially useful, as many of us would like to put something noticeable at the top of our websites while giving the visitor the option to close it after reading.

    How does the banner affect SEO search results?

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