Originally published at: http://www.sitepoint.com/whats-new-in-wordpress-4-1/
WordPress 4.1, named “Dinah” after the jazz singer Dinah Washington, was officially released today. Here’s a round up of what you can expect with this latest version.
Around seven days ago the WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate became available, this article is based on the information shared in that release candidate. Any last minute changes will be updated as soon as possible.
How Do I Get WordPress 4.1?
For the vast majority of us, we don’t have to do anything! Since WordPress 3.7, minor core updates are applied as automatic background updates by default. You may have received an email telling you this has already happened.
That said, automatic updates can be disabled and something that some developers prefer to do. In this case the update will need to be applied manually by clicking a button. It’s still very easy.
As always, I want to take a minute to remind everyone before applying any updates to your live sites, to make sure that you have a full backup and that you’ve tested theme and plugin compatibility with this latest version. Ideally, you should have a separate environment so you can always test anything that’s important. SitePoint has featured articles on VVV (Varying Vagrant Vagrants) and Chasis which makes managing local WordPress development and testing environments a breeze.
Introducing the New Twenty Fifteen Theme
WordPress 4.1 will see the release of a new default WordPress theme called Twenty Fifteen. The theme was designed keeping a strong blog focus in mind and makes use of Google’s Noto web font. This font covers over 30 scripts and was developed to work across multiple languages, making it the perfect fit to help take WordPress closer towards the goal of stronger internationalization.