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What’s new in the latest WordPress version? Newly added features in WordPress 5.3 release

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What’s new in the latest WordPress version? Newly added features in WordPress 5.3 release

Can’t keep track with all the features newly added to WordPress version 5? Would you like to get an overview of functionalities that have been released recently? Today, we’ll show you a detailed list of fresh features from WordPress 5. You’ll also learn why is the latest version of WordPress so special and which blocks has been released after the thorough testing in Beta version.

And if you’ve been impatient and curious about the release of WordPress 5.3 that just came out on 12. November 2019, read carefully! This article will reveal all new changes in WordPress. We’ll also tell you what you can expect in terms of usability and higher efficiency when working with blocks in WP editor.

In this article, we look at the major changes since the release of the breakthrough version of WordPress 5.0. The WordPress version history is quite rich compared to other open-source CMS systems. These last changes certainly belong to those most important ones. Mainly the introduction of Gutenberg – the new WordPress editor.

Last year we witnessed the arrival of the expected WordPress 5.0. It was the longest-awaited WordPress version accompanied by a number of complications throughout the pre-release testing period. Thousands of open tasks, unflattering reviews, the release date postponed several times.

Globally WordPress version 5 attracted great interest. With more than 3 million downloads over the first week since its launch.

Major changes brought by WordPress 5 in comparison with WordPress 4+

You might still remember there was no WordPress block editor in WordPress 4.x (only Gutenberg plugin was available). Therefore, the most significant feature in WordPress 5.0 is a completely different way of managing content.

In the older WordPress version 4+, you needed to install an additional plugin to simplify the editing of content, such as our Easy Admin or Page Builder. The main purpose of those plugins was to enhance basic WordPress features and help you build your website easier. However, the latest version of WordPress lets you conveniently work with content using blocks, directly in the editor.

WordPress version 5 has completely changed the way of building website content

WordPress 5 introduced WordPress block editor for the first time, as the block-based system for creating Posts and Pages. Suddenly, you could use the blocks that changed the way of working with text, images and other types of media which form the content.

You no longer need to use short codes to create different kinds of content blocks. This makes content management easier. The developers along with WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg like talking about WordPress 5.0 as a “new generation of WordPress.”

For brand new installations of the latest WordPress versions, only new WordPress block editor is available by default.

Other WordPress 5 new features

Compared to WP 4, WordPress version 5 has brought some major changes. Just look at the list of new features of WordPress 5.0 and higher versions:

  • Developer and security enhancements
  • In-block settings via Inspector (no need to switch to Theme Options)
  • New way of detecting the site’s technical parameters through the Site Health Check tool
  • Quick WordPress version check
  • Better usability on mobile devices

And many other features you’ll learn about in a next few minutes. So keep reading.

Features in WordPress version 5.2+

The biggest changes in WordPress core were introduced in WordPress version 5.2 and its subsequent minor versions. Version 5.2 itself was released on May 7th, 2019 and brought many improvements.

First of all, version 5.2 implemented better functionality for fixing problems – with server configuration or fatal errors in PHP that might affect your website.

1. Site Health check tool

Site Health check tool is a useful debugging tool for fixing problems. It’s a feature that gives you:

  • Site Health Status – this status tells you that there is a problem on your site, e.g. with WordPress configuration, PHP version or website’s security. In the first version, site health was displayed as a percentage. The latest version of WordPress only shows colored symbol (depending on the health of your site) with a text recommendation, such as “Should be improved”.
  • Site Health Info – this is a practical overview of the basic settings and technical parameters of your WP site. Here you can find information about the current WordPress version, active themes and plugins and information about server and database. All this data, available in one place, helps you solve problems quickly.

2. PHP error protection

WordPress version 5.2 brought protection for PHP updating. If the system detects a fatal error, it suspends the theme or plugin causing the problem. However, you, as an admin, will be able to log in to the backend and fix it. This new feature also blocks the white screen caused by a fatal error.

3. Improvements in blocks and the block editor

In WordPress version 5.2, you might have noticed faster loading of blocks compared to the older versions. Another significant change was improvement of Image and Block resizers.

4. General changes

Other significant changes that are worth noticing are:

  • PHP Coding Standard Updates
  • Developer enhancements (e.g. for writing JavaScript)
  • New emoji and dashicons
  • Security enhancements
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