Some of you maybe saying what is WordPress anyway? What does this have to do with me?
WordPress is more important than you think, it is the software, that most likely your websites are built upon. So, if you have a website you most likely have WordPress. With over 455,000,000 websites are using WordPress right now, means that around 20% of all self-hosted websites use WordPress.
Every now and again WordPress like all software needs an update. This major version release of WordPress focuses on “speed, search & security,” including 1500+ changes to the block editor interface, 150+ enhancements and feature requests, 300+ bug fixes, and more.
Now for those of you who manage plugins, theme updates and wordpress updates, don’f forget before updating to the latest version of WordPress, make sure that you do a backup! If you use the services of Keep it Simple Website Management Programme, we will of course do this for you.
Below we will give you a quick guide to some of the important updates, fo thise of you who may be interested..
Auto-Updates For Plugins and Themes
Perhaps the biggest change in 5.5 is auto-updates for plugins and themes. Previously, you would have to have used a plugin like iThemes to handle auto-updates for you.
Block Editor Interface Design Improvements
The rapid improvement of the block editor continues in WordPress 5.5. with numerous changes to the look and feel of the block editor “in the hope of simplifying iconography, color palette, focus, and general interface.
Built-in XML Sitemaps For Better SEO
For the “search” focus of the WordPress 5.5 release, built-in XML Sitemaps have been introduced. You already know that WordPress sites work well with search engines, Now, WordPress provides sitemaps for built-in content types like pages and author archives out of the box.
Inline Image Editing from the Block Editor
WordPress 5.5 now allows you to crop, rotate, and zoom your photos right from the image block. If you spend a lot of time on images, this could save you a lot of time by bypassing another software to perform basic image editing actions.
After adding an image block, you’ll see a new “crop” icon in the block toolbar. Click this icon to reveal more options including zoom, aspect ratio and rotate. Pretty cool!
New Post/Page Preview Choices
Another cool block editor update is the ability to preview your post or page on different-sized devices before you publish.
Accessibility & Keyboard Navigation Improvements
Before WordPress 5.5, it was possible to rearrange widgets on the Dashboard and metaboxes on post editing pages (with Gutenberg disabled) using only a pointing device, such as the mouse. This was causing accessibility issues, since it was not possible to perform the same actions with the keyboard. It was also challenging to perform these actions on touch screens. WordPress 5.5 solves this by adding new controls and functionalities to allow reordering the boxes with the keyboard. There are also improvements to facilitate reordering of boxes on touch screens.
Easily Copy and Paste Blocks
Another cool addition in WordPress 5.5 is the intelligent copy/paste of blocks. Copying, cutting, and pasting single blocks is now much easier. You’ll now see a new Copy button in the collapsed block actions (next to duplicate, etc.) to copy the selected block(s)
If you need more help to understand the insane amount of updates to WordPress 5.5, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Keep it Simple Websites.