WordPress 4.7 Preview

WordPress 4.7 is due for release very soon. Current target date is 6 December. I’m just getting started with building a new site so thought why not try out the latest pre-release version with the new twentyseventeen theme.

Installation of WordPressP 4.7 Beta 3, activation of twentyseventeen theme and a few tweaks to the theme customizer took all of about 5 minutes to give me a tidy looking bare-bones site.

WordPress 4.7 first impressions

At first glance there’s not much changed in the new WordPress. WPBeginner has a summary of what’s new.

Twentyseventeen first impressions

I rather like this theme!  – at very least it’s the first new WordPress default theme since twentythirteen that i haven’t immediately felt disappointed by.

  • Very neutral, ultra-clean, minimal layout
  • Only 1 font — Libre Franklin — used throughout the theme but good use of font sizing and the 4 font weights available (300, 400, 600,  800) make for a decent typographical base.
  • Fully responsive mobile-first design.
  • Expands to include right-sidebar when screen width exceeds 767px.
  • Content centred with max-width 1000 px on large screens.
  • Sidebar widget area and 2 footer widget areas available.
  • full-width header – header image or video(!) can be added via the customizer.
  • full-width featured images.

The theme also has a front-page template that can be set to pull in content (including featured images) from up to 4 selected pages. I didn’t get round to trying this out yet but this twentyseventeen demo demonstrates how it looks.

In the words of the developers, twentyseventeen will make a good base for any business website or product showcase and is focussed on providing a seamless initial theme setup so anyone can set up a website for themselves or their business with minimal hassle. It does appear to be a well coded, bloat free, easily customisable starter theme with just enough styling to provide a good jump off point for new projects and that’s pretty much what i want from a WordPress default theme. Time now to create my child theme and explore the code further.