Speed, search, and security are the three main focus of the current major WordPress 5.5 release. As with any major release, there is a lot of goodness and a few comparability issues. Let’s dig into a few fixes and as usual explore the useful bits from the WordPress ecosystem.
WordPress 5.5 & Issues 🎉
- WordPress now has in-built sitemap feature. If you use any popular SEO plugin Yoast, SEOpress – these automatically disable the new sitemap feature. Hence, no action needed from the user end.
- In WordPress 5.5, a migration tool known as jquery-migrate is no longer enabled by default. If your website is broken due to that, you can use this plugin as a temporary solution.
- A few users are opting to disable the automatic plugins & theme updates for finer control. Also, if your website is still broken after WordPress 5.5 update, check this master list for solutions.
- WordPress 5.5 made few changes that may take some time to get comfortable, like clicking the preview button in post editor opens a dropdown box. Plus, no edit URL slug above the post editor – now do it all from permalink section in the right sidebar.
Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥
- Country and… company contributions to WordPress 5.5 release. Check this amazing breakdown of top contributors by country and company. USA leading followed by India, France and more.
- Track content progress… with new Lite LMS Progress Tracker plugin by the LifterLMS team. It allows users to track their content progress and is ideal for a simple course set up on WordPress.
- Classic Editor… will be switching to Classic Block for users at WordPress(.com). The self-hosted WordPress(org) users already have access to the Classic Block for good old routines. So, old content will automatically appear in Classic Block and you have an option to mix it up with other blocks.
Quick Bits 👍
- New cool Content Ticker module in PowerPack for Beaver.
- FluentCRM has started brewing, from Fluent Forms team.
- WordPress 5.6 dev kicks off with all women release squad.
- Automattic has re-launched P2, self hosted version soon.
- Elementor v3.0 would focus on a global design system.
- Are you a Carousel aka Slideshow fan? Well, think again.
- Wonder what’s the history behind “Hello World’ text?
[Free Model] And Makes Money 💰
Have you seen this new social scheduling Socialit tool that is making waves and is 100% free? It does have a very neat interface compared to many such (paid) tools.
Guess what, it is completely free and the creator even gave valid justification for the same. No wonder, it grabbed 300+ users in just 5 days of the launch. Well, this counts as another shoutout!