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WordPress 5.3 Is Out

WordPress 5.3 was released just a few days ago and It will be the last major WordPress release of 2019.

This release is packed with some new features and lots of improvements including a brand new default theme as we knew from my previous post, and it looks great, take a look…

The Twenty Twenty theme has been developed by Anders Noren on the basis of an earlier WP theme — Chaplin.

The new theme fully supports the WordPress block editor Gutenberg, allowing users to create beautiful layouts for posts and pages. It also provides a full-width template for them.

The Twenty Twenty theme has a focus on readability, so it includes the Inter typeface. This allows you to create crisp and prominent headlines and displays beautifully on devices of all sizes.

WordPress 5.3 is a major releaseand you’ll have to manually initiate the update unless your host does this for you.

Important: Don’t forget to create a complete backup before starting the update. If you need help then take a look at my care plans.


An upgraded Design and User interface

WordPress 5.3 comes with several changes in the overall appearance of the WordPress user interface. These changes are not highly noticeable, but they bring coherency to the overall appearance of the admin area.

The new user interface adds borders around form fields to make them more noticeable. It also improves the accessibility of the WordPress admin area to make it a good experience for all users.

Gutenberg Blocks Has Been Improved

The Gutenberg editor’s arrival in the WP 5.0 release created a big splash both among developers and users. Gutenberg treats layout elements as blocks.

Some of the improvements that have been to the Gutenberg blocks:

  • width adjustment and patterns in the “Columns”
  • reordering and caption options in the “Gallery”
  • style selection options in the “Image”
  • alignment, color, header/footer options in the “Table”
  • border radius and target support for the “Button”
  • the option to add excerpts to the “Latest posts”
  • better block grouping
  • new configurable block for social links
  • performance improved by 1.5 seconds compared to WP 5.2

Image uploading improvements

WordPress is now able to resume the uploading of large, high-resolution images if it failed due to any connectivity problems. Another new useful feature is that images also undergo the correct rotation according to the EXIF orientation.


Changes to the “Website health” check

The website health check is a useful feature introduced in WP 5.1 that helps admins keep an eye on the site’s performance.

In the WP 5.3 release, website health will no longer be displayed in a percentage. Instead, it is presented in the form of scores like “Should be improved” and “Good.”

Admin email address checking

Site admins are now protected against the risk of being locked out of the site in case of email address changes. WordPress will regularly check if their admin email address is relevant and up-to-date.

PHP 7.4 support

The next block of what’s new in WordPress 5.3 will primarily interest developers — the new WP version will support the forthcoming PHP 7.4.

WordPress gets rid of the deprecated code to ensure compatibility with the freshest and most efficient programming language release.

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