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WordPress 4.1 “Dinah” was named after Dinah Washington, the jazz singer. We are going to make a short overview of what jazz you can expect with this latest WP release.


Getting WordPress 4.1 is quite easy. You will see a message “WordPress 4.1 is available! Please update now” as a greeting in your dashboard. Just click “Update now” button. Make sure that you have tested theme and plugin compatibility with this latest WP version, and that you have a full backup as well. To do so, it is better to have a separate environment in order to test anything that is important.

Meet the New Twenty Fifteen Theme

WordPress 4.1 comes with a new default WordPress theme called the Twenty Fifteen Theme. It makes use of Google’s Noto web font, and was created with a strong focus on blogging. It`s font was developed to work across multiple languages and covers over 30 scripts.

WordPress 2015 theme

WordPress Twenty Fifteen Theme

Twenty Fifteen is another WordPress` step on the way to full internationalization.

Introducing the New Twenty Fifteen Theme

Introducing the New Twenty Fifteen Theme

The Distraction Free Writing

Since WordPress is a publishing platform, content creation is always in focus for its developers. The existing distraction-free-writing functionality was changed in this new release. The WordPress team improves the publishing experience in distraction-free-writing, and it will probably become a feature that the people will either hate or love.

Distraction-Free-Writing feature

Distraction-Free-Writing option

This button will help you to concentrate on the text, without wasting your attention on other elements on the Dashboard.

Language Updates

Starting from WordPress 4.0, you can choose your own language during the installation. Switching languages after the installation has become an easy task, and this is perhaps one of the most powerful WordPress features.

WordPress 4.1 has 40 different languages with other translations yet to come. Using the ‘Settings’ and ‘General’ tabs, you can easily change the language of your website.

Updates to Language Support

Language Menu

Recommended Plugins

WordPress 4.0 offered a new plugin installation experience with a grid of tiled plugins that displayed information about the ratings and number of downloads more clearly.

WordPress 4.1 also comes with a filter of ‘Recommended Plugins,’ which shows you a list of plugins based on popular plugins installed on other similar sites.

Recommended Plugins

Recommended Plugins Menu

You Can Log Out of All Your Sessions

Now you can log out of all sessions through your profile settings. It is a security feature which will be useful if you use several devices.

Log Out of All Other Sessions

Log Out of All Other Sessions Button

Log Out of All Other Sessions results

You are now logged out of all your sessions

Vine was Added to oEmbed

Vine is a popular platform which allows to upload short videos. WordPress 4.1 has included Vine videos to the list of oEmbed support.

New Image Alignment Toolbar

Users will greatly appreciate a new image alignment toolbar in WordPress 4.1.

Image Alignment option

Image Alignment Toolbar

This little change will help new users feel more comfortable when working with images, as well as it will be a huge time saver for experienced users.

Improvements for Developers

There is plenty of changes under the hood in every WordPress update. Here are some notable changes for developers:

See the complete list of WordPress 4.1 changes in the field notes page.

To summarize, these updates bring some welcome changes to frequent users of WordPress, as well as to developers. They all are aimed to make your life in WordPress much more comfortable.

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