The schedule for WordPress 4.8 is released. It will be the first major WordPress release of 2017. We have been following the development closely, and we are excited to report that the final version is expected to be released around June 8, 2017. In this article, we will show you what’s coming in WordPress 4.8 with features and screenshots. Note: You can try out the beta version on your computer or on a staging environment by using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin. The official beta release will happen on May 12th, which means no more new features will be added until the final release of WordPress 4.8. However, some of the features in beta may not make it into the final release. Visual Editor in The Text Widget By default WordPress comes with a plain text widget. This widget contains a simple text box where you can add text and HTML code. Beginners who are not familiar with HTML were unable to add links or use basic formatting in the text widget. This will change in WordPress 4.8. The new text widget comes with a simple visual and text editor. Similar to the one you see on the post edit screen. This will allow beginner users to easily add links, create lists, or make text bold
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