? This is the September 2020 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
Hello everyone! Let’s welcome autumn with a look into the most interesting happenings in our WordPress community from the past month.
This post brings in Robert, our summer intern, who helped find cool stories and contributed the content for a couple of them.
In this month’s roundup, you will get to know what’s new in WordPress 5.5, how the Astra theme was removed from the repo, who’s working on the next WordPress major release, and why the core team won’t drop support for PHP 5.6 yet.
Actually, these are only a few of the headlines. We have many more fresh things to share with you, so enjoy your read for the next few minutes and get your monthly dose of WordPress knowledge.
September 2020 WordPress News with CodeinWP
WordPress 5.5 “Eckstine”
The latest WordPress major release – “Eckstine” – is out and brings exciting features to its users. This is a sneak peek into all the enhancements you’ll find in your dashboard if you update to the newest version:
- A bunch of cool improvements and additions to the block editor, which was being constantly developed in the last couple of years. The block patterns, the inline image editing, and the block directory are some of the coolest changes.
- Lazy loading as a default option for the WordPress site owners. You just need to enable it and your site content will load sequentially.
- Auto-updates for themes and plugins. From now on, you won’t have to update each of your installed tools manually or set reminders to do so. WordPress will update them for you on autopilot.
- ZIP file updates for themes and plugins. If you still want to update your tools manually, there’s an easier way to do it now. You can just upload the ZIP file of the plugin/theme and you’re all set.
- Default XML site map. This is good news for SEO. No more need for third-party plugins to generate your site’s XML map. WordPress will generate it alone.
- Accessibility improvements like copying links in media screens with a button or moving meta boxes with the keyboard.
- Mobile and tablet preview for posts and pages.
This article was written by Adelina Tuca and originally published on CodeinWP.