Today I updated my website to the new version of WordPress 5.5 (Eckstine).
WordPress 5.5 is deemed to be one of the best versions so far that WordPress has launched.
Let’s take a look at some of it’s new and useful features and discuss those in brief.
Speed is something all web users crave for and they do not seem to get enough of it.
Changes made in the latest version will reduce loading time by introducing the concept of “Lazy Loading” for images.
Images added to the Media gallery a post/page will load just before the image is about to come into the view of the browser while scrolling.
This would save a lot of loading time and memory space especially for mobile users and according to official WordPress docs, it will also help preserve battery life.
If you run a blog or website of your own and want traffic on your site, then you know the most important aspect to it, you guessed it right SEO (Search Engine Optimizations).
Search engines look for a sitemap that helps them understand the structure of a site and makes it easy to index the pages of your site into their search algorithms.
WordPress 5.5 will add an XML sitemap by default to your site, that will help search engine recognize/index the most important pages of your website, the minute you publish those pages or go Live.
For users and admins, WordPress 5.5 introduces a new feature right into the WordPress plugin screens to auto-update the plugins or not.
You can choose with a click of a button which plugins you wish to auto-update automatically and which you do not want to be automatically updated to their latest versions.
I would suggest using this feature carefully, especially those who are still using an old version of the plugin.
This can be managed via code, where you can enable or disable the auto-updating feature for both themes and plugins. Developers, please follow this link for more info.
Posts Block Editor
In the new version, the block editor has been improved extensively with many great and cool features like:
- Block patterns
- Inline image editing
- The New Block Directory
Check out the video below:
WordPress 5.5 also has many gifts for developers, as it is slowly moving towards the latest PHP language features like the spread operators.
2 best updates that I liked as a developer are:
1. Passing data to template files
get_template_parts() now returns a value rather than just including the file and you can add a bunch of options to these functions.
Check more info here.
The new version adds about 65 new icons to use in block editor and other places in the code.
Lots and lots of other features added to the new version and you can check those at length on the Field Guide page.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.