As per the official announcement, the New Version of WordPress 5.5 was launched on August 11, 2020. There has been a lot of improvement done in this new version so as to make it one of the most popular and powerful tools for any Web Developer out there.
This Version is named “Eckstine”, in honour of a person called Billy Eckstine, who is an American Jazz and Pop Singer and a Band-Leader in the Golden Days of 1914. The new WordPress 5.5 gives you power in terms of Speed, Search and Security.
What’s new in terms of Speed ?
Well, WordPress 5.5 is boosted with the lazy loading feature. It is a technique in which pictures are being waited to load until they are just about to scroll into view on your browser. On mobile phones, the lazy loading can keep browsers from loading files meant for other devices, and hence can improve speed and battery life.
What’s new in terms of Search ?
The XML sitemap which is used by Search Engines, can now easily integrate with your web-page. By default, the WordPress 5.5 already consist of XML sitemap of your important webpage and can help search engines to easily find your website.
So, your website can be found more easily and thus giving more time for audience to engage, retain and convert them into subscriber or customer, according to your needs.
Whats’ new in terms of Security ?
Well with WordPress 5.5, you can now stay reliable from any malicious attacks. This update is powered with an Auto-update feature for Plugins and Themes. This means you can now work with thinking about to update a plugin or theme. Your tool will now be working with the latest updated code. You can also manually upload a zip file for updating a plugin or theme.
New feature to Block Editor
The WordPress 5.5, have now the awesome block editor, as we wanted. The feature that may leave you stunning are:
The New Block pattern is more simple and fun to create, with lots of design and complex colors to create a just perfect layout for your website. You will also find block patterns in a wide variety of plugins and themes, with more added all the time.
Inline Image Editing:
Now, you can rotate, crop and zoom your photos from the image block. Thus it will spend you hard working time from editing images manually.
New Block Directory:
With WordPress 5.5, it’s easire to find the best block you need. The new block directory is built right into the block editor, so you can install new block types to your site without ever leaving the editor.
With WordPress 5.5, you can copy links in media screens and modal dialogs with a button, instead of trying to highlight a line of text. You can also move meta boxes with the keyboard, and edit images in WordPress with your assistive device, as it can read you the instructions in the image editor.
What’s new For Developers ?
Now all Developers can enjoy these feature:
Server-side registered blocks in REST API :
The Dashicons adds 39 block editor icons along with 26 others. Dashicons are font icons that were introduced in WordPress 3.8. They are those awesome and cool icons you see when you log into your dashboard.
WordPress now has a standard way of defining an environment type which includes staging, production, etc and retrieves that type with wp_get_environment_type().
Passing data to template files:
The template loading functions (get_header(), get_template_part(), etc.) have a new $args argument. So now you can pass an entire array’s worth of data to those templates.
- The PHPMailer library just got a major update, going from version 5.2.27 to 6.1.6.
- The REST API now officially supports specifying default metadata values through register_meta().
- Now get more fine-grained control of redirect_guess_404_permalink().
- Sites that use PHP’s OPcache will see more reliable cache invalidation, thanks to the new wp_opcache_invalidate() function
- You will find updated versions of these bundled libraries: SimplePie, Twemoji, Masonry, images loaded, getID3, Moment.js, and clipboard.js.
- Default terms can now be specified for custom taxonomies in register_taxonomy().
So, what are you waiting for, grab the latest update now, from the official wordpress website here https://wordpress.org/download/