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WordPress 5.7 has officially released as of March 9, 2021. It is the first of three releases planned for this year.
WordPress 5.7 Features
The main goal for WordPress in 2021 is Full Site Editing via Gutenberg, first introduced in WordPress 5.6. WordPress 5.7 contributors anticipate working on the following features in the next release:
- Update WordPress Core to include current releases of the Gutenberg plugin
- Gutenberg: ship additional blocks, refine the UI, add tools for themes and design, and continue working on the widget screen
- Continue work on auto-updates and jQuery
Lazy-load iframes – Enabled by adding the loading=”lazy” attribute to iframe tags on the front-end.
Migrating from HTTP to HTTPS – This process now happens in one click! URLs in the database are automatically replaced when the Site and WordPress Address are both using HTTPS. Also, Site Health now includes an HTTPS status check.
Standardize colors used in WP-Admin CSS to a single palette – The palette makes it easy to build components your users can read, because half the range gives you great contrast with white type and a half with black, according to current accessibility guidelines.
Ongoing cleanup after update to jQuery 3.5.1 – jQuery deprecations in WordPress Core and bundled themes show up a lot less often, and the notifications make more sense to the user.
New Robots API – Allows the filter directives to be included in the ‘robots’ meta tag. Also, the directive max-image-preview:large is now included by default to allow large image previews to be displayed in search engines (unless the blog is marked as not being public).
Drag and drop – Blocks and block patterns can now be dragged directly into the post or page.
Full height alignment – Blocks like the Cover block now have an option to fill the entire screen size.
Block variations – The icon and description of a block variation is now shown in the block inspector, and a dropdown allows you to switch between the variations.
Reusable blocks – Increased usability and stability of the feature, and reusable blocks are now saved at the same time that the post is saved.
Other Block Enhancements – The Buttons block now includes vertical alignment options, and you can set the width of a button to a preset percentage. You can now change the icon size in the Social Icons block, and the font size in the List and Code blocks.
WordPress 5.7 FAQs
Will there be a new default Theme?
No, there will not be a new bundled theme – Twenty Twenty-One will remain the newest Core theme.
Please continue to check back – we will update this article as more information on WordPress 5.7 is released!
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