You may know that WordPress releases 02 Major Versions in a year. Many minor versions are released, too. After the 2.1 release, WordPress decided to adopt a regular release schedule every 3-4 months with the features primarily driven by ideas voted on by the WP users.
Version 4.4 of WordPress, named “Clifford” in honor of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.4 make your site more connected and responsive. Clifford also introduces a new default theme, Twenty Sixteen.
According to the WordPress Blog the new features are as follows:
WordPress now takes a smarter approach to displaying appropriate image sizes on any device, ensuring a perfect fit every time. You don’t need to do anything to your theme, it just works
Now you can embed your posts on other WordPress sites. 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.
In addition to post embeds, WordPress 4.4 also adds support for five new oEmbed providers: Cloudup, Reddit Comments, ReverbNation, Speaker Deck, and VideoPress
REST API infrastructure
Infrastructure for the REST API has been integrated into core, marking a new era in developing with WordPress. The REST API gives developers an easy way to build and extend RESTful APIs on top of WordPress.
Infrastructure is the first part of a multi-stage rollout for the REST API. Inclusion of core endpoints is targeted for an upcoming release. To get a sneak peek of the core endpoints, and for more information on extending the REST API, check out the official WordPress REST API plugin.
Terms now support metadata, just like posts. Such as;
Comment query improvements
Comment queries now have cache handling to improve performance. New arguments in WP_Comment_Query make crafting robust comment queries simpler.
Term, comment, and network objects
New WP_Term, WP_Comment, and WP_Network objects make interacting with terms, comments, and networks more predictable and intuitive in code.
Update your WordPress Version to 4.4
You should keep your WordPress site up to date always in terms of security, performance and new features. So, You will update your WordPress Version to the latest 4.4
All the D5 Creation Themes are Fully Compatible with the Latest Version of WordPress. You may know that All of our Themes are coded maintained all WordPress Coding Standards and All Free Themes are approved by the WordPress Theme Review Team. There were a minor designing issue with the Theme Options Panel with the New WordPress Version but we have updated all of our Themes to fix the issue. You can download and Update with the new version downloading from our site. The Version Numbers have not been changed.