About 3 times a year a new version of WordPress which includes new features is rolled out.
Such is the case with WordPress 5.4 which is set for release on March 31, 2020. If your web host does not automatically update your site you will need to do this in your WP Admin. If you are unsure how the new version will work with your site then do a test on a staging site. (See “What Is A Staging Site And Why You Must Have One“.)
The new version, as you would expect, focuses on improving and adding on to the block editor, Gutenberg.
My video hits the highlights of what you can expect.
Here are the changes as noted by the WordPress 5.4 development teem:
- Two brand-new blocks: Social Icons and Buttons make adding interactive features fast and easy.
- New ways with color: Gradients in the Buttons and Cover block, toolbar access to color options in Rich Text blocks, and for the first time, color options in the Group and Columns blocks.
- Guess a whole lot less! Version 5.4 streamlines the whole process for placing and replacing multimedia in every block. Now it works the same way in almost every block!
- And if you’ve ever thought your image in the Media+Text block should link to something else—perhaps a picture of a brochure should download that brochure as a document? Well, now it can.