WordPress 4.3, is available now in Ecenica Free Apps, our easy to use 1-click installer free with Ecenica cPanel hosting and Business Web Hosting plans.

We’re pleased to let you know we’ve updated Ecenica Free Apps with the very latest WordPress 4.3, nicknamed “Billie” after the jazz singer Billie Holiday.

What’s new in WordPress 4.3?

The new WordPress 4.3 release introduces a number of new features to help make customising your WordPress site and writing content even easier than before.

Headline features introduced in 4.3 include;

  • Menus in customizer
  • Formatting shortcuts
  • Site Icons
  • Better Passwords

There’s also a few smaller tweaks to make admin area work more smoothly, comments are now turned off on pages by default and the customize link is now always in the toolbar on the front-end so you can make changes quicker than before.

New Site Icons feature - WordPress.org
New Site Icons feature – WordPress.org

A feature we like is the new Site Icons.

This new feature allows you to quickly add your own custom icon which will show in web browser tabs, bookmark menus and on the home screen of mobiles. A nice extra way for you to show off your brand.

A new, more secure way of resetting your WordPress user passwords is also introduced in version 4.3. You’ll now get a password reset link instead of the password being sent to you in plain text and WordPress will now automatically create strong passwords for your new users.

In our own tests we found these features definitely helped boost your WordPress security.

The new WordPress 4.3 is available as a free download and update.

For a complete list of all the new features see the official WordPress 4.3 release notes

Should I update?

If you’re still rocking an older install of WordPress and have waited to update to the latest version once all the bugs have been squashed then our, and WordPress’ recommendation would be to upgrade as soon as possible. Not only will you get some new features you’ll also benefit from a range of security fixes which will keep your website safe and online.

As ever, updating WordPress is simply a case of logging in to your WordPress Dashboard, clicking Updates > Update Now. Just remember to take a minute to make a quick backup just in case.

You can run a new install in just 1-click with our Ecenica Free Apps, available with our web hosting packages. Simply login to your Ecenica Dashboard and then follow the steps for How to Install WordPress from our support knowledge base.

Looking for WordPress hosting?

If you’re looking for web hosting for your new WordPress site then the great news is we offer a range of WordPress hosting packages which are optimised for running WordPress websites. With over 10 year’s experience we can help you get online quickly and easily. Email us or Tweet us @ecenica and we’ll be happy to help.

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