Yesterday’s WordPress 4.4 release isn’t labeled a Security & Maintenance update. Instead it focuses on introducing new features that lay the groundwork for upcoming improvements for development. It also introduces the new, stock Twenty Sixteen theme, which provides a minimalist visual layout dedicated to blogging.
Key aspects of WordPress 4.4 “Clifford”:
- Improved Responsive Images
- oEmbed Capability for embedding your WordPress posts into other sites
- New WP REST API
- Taxonomy enhancements
- Comment system improvements
Should you update to WordPress 4.4?
As usual, we recommend that anyone running WordPress SHOULD upgrade to the latest release to take advantage of the incremental improvements, as they usually range from new features to security and performance. Before updating, always backup your site files and database. If you’ve been lax about updating WordPress (or if you’ve put it off because of the level of customization in your site) create a “staging” site so you can test out the update and check for plugin compatibility.