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Mar 11 2019
WordPress 5.1 is Out: Know About New Features
The latest version of WordPress, 5.1, has been released recently. Nicknamed “Betty” in honor of acclaimed jazz musician Betty Carter, WordPress 5.1 is the first major release of the year 2019 after the release of WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” in December 2018.
Unlike revision 5.0, which was intended to replace the Classic WordPress Editor with a brand-new editor named Gutenberg, version 5.1 focuses mainly on making CMS even faster and more secure as well as improving the overall performance of the Gutenberg editor.
So if you haven’t tried WordPress 5.1 yet and are planning to upgrade your website or blog to the latest version of CMS, here is a quick rundown of what WordPress 5.1 has to offer for both end users and developers.
Let’s get started!
#Site Health Check
Site Health, a long awaited feature, is finally available in WordPress 5.1. Designed to improve the Security and Speed of a WordPress site, WordPress’s new Site Health feature shows notices to administrators if their sites are running on a long-outdated version of PHP.
Also, the Site Health feature checks a plugin against the PHP version required for that plugin to work. In case the plugin is incompatible with the PHP version of your site, WordPress keeps you from installing the plugin. Needless to say this new feature encourages site owners to check and keep their WordPress site always up-to-date.
#Content Editor Performance
The WordPress Core team has also worked hard on boosting the performance and speed of the Gutenberg editor. With several amazing improvements in WordPress 5.1, the editor now feels much faster and smoother than before. Not only it starts quickly but also makes typing a breeze. Expect to receive more performance improvements in the next couple of releases as the WordPress devs are leaving no stone unturned in making the editor as better, faster, and user-friendly as it can be!
Version 5.1 of WordPress has brought a new database table, named wp_blogmeta, for the storage of metadata related to sites. Additionally, the new table also allows developers to store arbitrary site data in a multisite network. They can now even retrieve data of multiple sites faster without calling switch_to_blog() function. However, WordPress recommends developers not to overuse the wp_blogmeta table.
#Updates to the Cron API
Prior to the release of WordPress 5.1, using a function to modify a scheduled task used to return ambiguous values. To fix this issue, the Cron API has now been updated with several new functions to demonstrate developers whether or not a function call was successful. Also, the API is now equipped with new filters to modify the Cron storage.
#New JS Build Processes
#Other Improvements & Fixes
Some other noteworthy fixes and improvements that are carried out to make developers’ lives easier and more convenient include:
- Updates to WP_DEBUG_LOG constant value.
- New plugin action hooks and new test config file constant in the test suite.
- Short-circuit filters for wp_unique_post_slug(), WP_User_Query, and count_users().
- A new human_readable_duration function.
- Taxonomy metabox sanitization improvements.
- When using WP_Meta_Query, LIKE support for meta keys has been restricted.
- You get a new “doing it wrong” notice when registering REST API endpoints.
Want to test out WordPress 5.1? Login to your Dashboard, click “Please update now” button and then your site will be upgraded to the new version of WordPress. Just make sure you backup your site prior to the updation.
As an alternative, you can also download WordPress 5.1 release candidate from here and get your hands on it through your local machine.
Facing any issue while upgrading your website to WordPress 5.1? Get in touch with our WordPress experts right away!