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WordPress has released a glimpse of version 5.4 which is mainly focused on block editor features and enhancements. This is the first WordPress 5.4 Beta version and has been released for you to test features and report possible bugs before the upcoming official release.

There are two ways for you to test the beta version: download the zip file from WordPress official page, or use the beta testing plugin.

It’s highly recommended, though, that you give WordPress 5.4 beta 1 a spin on a testing site, and not your live site to avoid any inconvenience.

What’s New in WordPress 5.4?

While version 5.4 will bring many new fixes and enhancements, I’d like to highlight the most important ones like new block editor feature enhancements and improvements and developer-focused changes.

Block Editor Improvements

The developers from around the world are contributing continuously to improve and make Gutenberg, the block editor, better and a full-site editor for WordPress users.

From Gutenberg 6.6 to 7.5, all 10 previous Gutenberg plugin releases will be merged in this core update. For the first time, you will see a welcome guide model that contains four different slides with a short description.

There are two new blocks (social link and button), for adding social media icons to any page and button linking to other pages. Now you have more color options for buttons, background, and column blocks, etc. You can now easily set image sizes in the gallery block, drag and drop a featured image, and change the title attribute for the image block.

This means numerous new exciting features are waiting for core editor users, and it’s also a good opportunity for classical editor users to test these features.

The block editor team has improved site performance and achieved a 14% loading time reduction compared to WordPress 5.3. There’s a new widget on the dashboard for site health checks that notify the users about the issues that could affect the site’s performance or security.

For Developers

There is a list of developer-focused changes in version 5.4 that will help developers use WordPress in a better way.

Calendar Widget

To improve accessibility and design, WordPress 5.4 moves the navigation links outside of the <table> element and the previous and next month links have been moved to <nav> element.

Function apply_shortcode()

To distinguish the function difference between action and filter, a new apply_shortcode() is introduced as an alias for do_shortcode().

Other changes

Support has been added for Tiktok and in WordPress 5.4 you can easily embed Tiktok videos.

You can check their official release page where you will find the full documentation of enhancements, bug fixes, and more information.

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WordPress 5.4 Beta Is Out – Take a First Look At Features & Updates

WordPress 5.4 Beta Is Out - Take a First Look At Features & Updates

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WordPress 5.4 Beta 1 is released and I am excited to test the Beta but I won’t be doing this alone. You will accompany me throughout the process.

But before we get into the details, let’s skim through the updates WordPress 5.4 beta real quick.

  1. A lot of updates for the Block Editor: Block editor received a lot of attention in 5.4 Beta. There are tons of improvements in user experience, performance, and block management.
  2. Improvements in the Site Health Check feature: A new widget in the dashboard now notifies the site administrators about the health of the WordPress sites.
  3. Accessibility improvements: Accessibility options also got enhanced in this release with improvements to keyboard navigation.
  4. Developer focused updates: WordPress .4 Beta is developer-friendly, thanks to updates such as better semantics, favicon handling, and a new Calendar widget.

Let’s start the process by downloading WordPress 5.4 via the Beta Tester plugin.

Since there is always a chance that the beta version could break my production site, I decided to clone it at a staging site (The Cloudways Platform greatly simplifies the process of setting up staging sites) to test the update without breaking anything.

So if you are on Cloudways, I highly recommend you set up a staging site. If you are not, contact your hosting provider to set up one.

On the staging website, I would download the Beta Tester plugin.

Plugins

Once the plugin has been installed and activated, choose the ‘Bleeding edge nightlies’ option to install the WordPress 5.4 Beta 1 version.

Bleeding edge nightlies

As soon as the Beta version is installed, a welcome screen pops up with details of the improvements to the Block Editor.

WordPress 5.4

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