If you’re already using Web Stories for WordPress, we have a sweet new update for you—and if you’re not, now is the time to get started.
Web Stories for WordPress 1.1 is the first major update after the initial stable release and includes three big updates: Great typography at your fingertips with the help of the new font-aware text sets, countless high performance GIFs powered by Tenor and caption support for videos.
On the text tab, you’ll now find a list of high quality text sets created specifically for editorial use-cases. We partnered with the typography experts at iA, known for its award-winning app iA Writer and world-class typography craftsmanship. The result is a set of carefully created combinations that let you mix and match different harmonious typography, and a dynamic toggle (“Fonts in Use”) that shows you only text sets that match what you’re already using, so you can be confident that your choices pair well together.
While Web Stories are a natural way to tell editorial stories, that doesn’t mean they can’t include fun visuals. Go wild and embed the perfect animated GIF into your story, just one click away courtesy of Tenor. And as an added bonus, we use high performance video instead of the GIF format behind the scenes to make sure stories load quickly.
Finally, watching Web Stories is getting a little easier for those who have hearing loss, or are simply in a situation where they can’t turn up their volume. You can now upload video captions directly in the editor, making things easier to reach audiences who require text. Learn about the required VTT format and start adding them to all your videos today.
If you’ve made a cool story with the editor, tell us about it on Twitter or Instagram. And if you’re experiencing any bugs, let us know in our Support forum. We can’t wait to see what you make next.