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What’s New In WordPress 5.2?

WordPress 5.2 is a major update to WordPress core. It’s schedule to be released on May 7, 2019.

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This is a nice upgrade to the Gutenberg page editor which works a lot smoother than before. It’s also the debut of Site Health, a tool which monitors and identifies issues that affect your site’s performance.

Changes To Gutenberg

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Creating content with the still new page editor is now easier and maybe even a tad more fun. Everything works the way you’d expect it to. It’s much faster, smoother, and more reliable.

Some of the key changes:

  • A better way to see which block you’re working on.
  • The link tool is quicker.
  • The cover block now supports the use of “layer blocks” so you can add CTAs and other content types on top of the background image.
  • Some color styling options for the table block are provided.
  • The standard widgets are now available via Gutenberg’s inserter.
  • You can toggle off blocks you don’t want or need.

Site Health

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This new tool makes its debut with 5.2. It will help site owners and developers identify critical issues which may hamper a site’s performance. It will also make it impossible to install a plugin if an older version of PHP is being used for running your WP site.

Should You Upgrade?

Yes.

Since it’s a 2 digit change (5.2), you may have to manually update your site because most, if not all, web hosts don’t do this automatically (as they do with 3 digit updates).

Even if you are not using Gutenberg and are using the Classic Editor, you need to upgrade to 5.2. That way you’ll take advantage of the security enhancements that are a part of every upgrade as well as ensure that your plugins will continue to operate properly.

1 thought on “What’s New In WordPress 5.2?”

  1. Thank you for this. You are one of the few blogs on Gutenberg and other stuff I make time to read. I am keeping up with Gutenberg and like it. I am having a few issues with various author blocks and the fact my repeatable blocks keep disappearing (I am not sure where) as the author block is such a useful one.

    The site health looks cool, and as for layered blocks. Wow.

    Right now I have way too many 404 errors for some reason that makes my site look terrible for G9oogle because Google seems to be looking for the title with the number that used to appear in front of it!

    Reply

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1 thought on “What’s New In WordPress 5.2?”

  1. Thank you for this. You are one of the few blogs on Gutenberg and other stuff I make time to read. I am keeping up with Gutenberg and like it. I am having a few issues with various author blocks and the fact my repeatable blocks keep disappearing (I am not sure where) as the author block is such a useful one.

    The site health looks cool, and as for layered blocks. Wow.

    Right now I have way too many 404 errors for some reason that makes my site look terrible for G9oogle because Google seems to be looking for the title with the number that used to appear in front of it!

    Reply

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