WordPress 5.8 is being released right now and is available to all publishers. The new release is named after the innovative jazz musician Art Tatum. It’s the appropriate name for this new version of WordPress because it’s packed with brand new features that make it easier for publishers to innovate and express themselves creatively.

Support for Internet Explorer 11 dropped

This is a release that will end Internet 11 support. IE 11 is a security risk.

WordPress is now becoming a lighter and faster content management system as it reduces the amount of code at the core.

Blocks

Blocks is a modern and updated way to customize the look of WordPress. Editing blocks has become part of bits and pieces in WordPress.

Widget area blocks

A blocked way to edit your site is now available in the Widget area. The widget section can now be completely edited using blocks

“Now you can add blocks both to widgets on your site and with real-time preview through the Customizer.”

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WordPress notes elsewhere:

“This gives users new powerful ways to customize their sites with a rich library nuclear and third party blocking.

Existing widgets and third-party widgets will continue to work and can be used alongside blocks. “

Query loop blocking

This new feature allows publishers to display posts based on custom terms.

For example, the display messages section can be limited to messages in the selected category.

WordPress compares it to Recent Posts, but more powerful.

Edit templates on the message screen

This new feature allows the publisher to move from the message edit box to the block-based page edit screen.

This gives publishers more freedom to edit the template when editing the text, allowing the publisher to decide that the post would be better if the template were modified differently.

“Switch from editing messages to editing pages and back, all with the familiar block editor.”

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List view

The list view is a new way to view the structure of a web page. Publishers can now switch between the standard view and the list view to get an overview of all the works on the page.

This also allows the publisher to move to a specific block.

Pattern conversion tool

This is a feature that suggests block models. This feature is currently available in the polling block and the social icon block.

Duotone filters

This is a new design feature that allows the publisher to color images or videos. It’s a way to add a creative vibe to a page.

WordPress describes it as a black and white filter where black and white can be replaced with any color of shadows and highlights.

Theme.json Global Styles and Global Settings APIs

This is a huge change that gives better control over the look of the website. It allows theme developers and publishers to change the default style elements of websites.

According to WordPress:

“This configuration file enables or disables features and sets default styles for both the website and the blocks.”

Especially in another article about the new Theme.json feature, WordPress explains it like this:

“By creating a theme.json file in the theme’s top-level directory, themes can specify existing editing settings (font size settings, whether custom colors are enabled, etc.) as well as new ones when enabled (two-tone preset, whether margin and padding drivers are enabled, etc.). “

One of the goals of the new theme.json file is to improve the handling of CSS.

According to WordPress:

theme.json the file absorbs most of the common uses of block formatting. The goal is to reduce the amount of CSS sent to the browser, alleviate wars of specificity, and provide users with current style information in UI controls.

This is the first step in combining a mechanism that connects all three origins of styles (core, theme, user) and that becomes even more important as users can provide global styles in later stages of the project. “

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Support for WebP

WebP is a new generation image format that can display images at smaller image sizes.

WordPress support for the WebP format allows publishers to create websites that load faster. It is a win for publishers and site visitors.

According to WordPress:

“From WordPress version 5.8 onwards, you can upload and use WebP images in WordPress such as JPEG or PNG images today (as long as your host service supports WebP).

Switching your images to WebP format improves site performance and the visitor experience. “

Make better websites with WordPress

The total number of changes is nearly 300 bug fixes, new features and improvements.

“5.8 offers so much more! More than 170 bugs, 96 improvements and feature requests, and 24 blessed tasks have been marked as fixed in WordPress 5.8. “

WordPress 5.8 represents a leap forward in modernizing the content management system.

It allows publishers who don’t know how to code to make changes to the look and feel of a web page without having to know the code.

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The latest version of WordPress makes it easier for publishers to express themselves creatively.

Some may decide to wait a few days before updating in case of errors.

But WordPress tests each publication thoroughly, so the update can be secure.

The publishing method involves testing successively improved versions of a publication until developers feel it is ready for use.

References

WordPress 5.8 Tatum

Introducing theme.json in WordPress 5.8

WordPress 5.8 supports WebP

Dropping support for Internet Explorer 11

Block-based Widget Editor in WordPress 5.8

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