March 4, 2020
Last Updated On March 4, 2020
WordPress 5.4 is tentatively scheduled to be released on March 31, 2020, and you should be excited. The number of improvements that will be included in the forthcoming release may even persuade the Gutenberg holdouts among you to ditch the Classic Editor.
Need help getting started with the block editor? Check out the WordPress Gutenberg Ultimate Guide.
If you are anything like us, you probably can’t wait until the end of March to try out the block editor enhancements. If you want to try any of the cool things we cover in this post, you will need to install the WordPress 5.4 beta. The WordPress Beta Tester plugin makes it super easy for you to play around with the “bleeding edge” features in WordPress. After installing the plugin, you will need to enable Bleeding edge nightlies in the settings.
Keep in mind that you beta versions are well suited for productions environments. Playing around with a beta version of WordPress is a lot of fun, but it doesn’t always provide a stable environment.
If you find a bug while testing the new features you post it in the Alpha/Best test area. However, before filing that bug report, please check to see if it is already a known issue.
Okay, with all of that out of the way, time to check out the new stuff!
There are several exciting improvements to the block editor, including new blocks, gradients, and enhancements to existing blocks.
The New Welcome Guide
The WordPress 5.4 welcome guide modal provides a mini tour and a link to a WordPress block editor guide.
What I love about the welcome modal, is that it gives developers another tool to use when onboarding new customers or introducing new features.
Two New Blocks and A New Embed
WordPress 5.4 includes two (sort of) new blocks for you to use on your site.
1. Social Icons Block
The Social Icons block lets you add a link to the icon of many popular social platforms. The Social Icons
This article was written by Michael Moore and originally published on WordPress News and Updates from iThemes – iThemes.