WordPress 4.5 arrives with editing improvements, custom logos, and responsive previews

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WordPress.org today launched WordPress 4.5, which adds a slew of new features to the blog management tool to “streamline your workflow, whether you’re writing or building your site.” You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (8.0MB).

WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that powers 25 percent of the Web. The latest version is dubbed “Coleman,” in honor of jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.

WordPress 4.5 brings two editing improvements. First up is Inline Linking, which offers a less distracting interface for adding links to your content.

The other is adding two new formatting shortcuts. Three dashes will add a horizontal line, and you can finally use the code tag.

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In the customization area, themes can now support logos for your business or brand. To try this out, you’ll need to use either the Twenty Sixteen or Twenty Fifteen theme in the Site Identity section of the customizer.

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Related to customization, but worth its own call out, is Live Responsive Previews. You can now preview mobile, tablet, and desktop views directly in the customizer.

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Last, but not least, there are a number of under-the-hood improvements:

WordPress 4.6 is already in the works, though the company didn’t specify a month for its release. That said, we would estimate it probably won’t be out before July.

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