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WordPress 5.3 updates

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Presentation slides for the 24 Oct 2019 WordPress Singapore Meet-up. Visit https://www.edmundcwm.com/presentations/ to view other presentation resources.

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WordPress 5.3 updates

  1. 1. 5.3 A glimpse into the next major WordPress Release 24 Oct 2019
  2. 2. Edmund Chan edmund@nerb.com.sg // www.edmundcwm.com Developer
  3. 3. WordPress 5.3 • Scheduled release date - 12 November 2019 • Current Release - Release Candidate 2 • What to expect – Block editor new features and improvements – New default theme – Admin UI enhancements – and more…
  4. 4. Block Editor • Twelve plugin version releases to be merged (v5.4 - 6.5) • 1.5s reduction in load time for a sizeable post(36k words, 1k blocks)
  5. 5. Block Editor • New – Group Block • Improvements – Column Block – Image Block – Table Block – Button Block and more…
  6. 6. Block Editor • Group Block – Allows nesting of inner blocks – Aligning of child blocks – Provides wide and full-width settings
  7. 7. Block Editor • Column Block – New width settings – Layout selector
  8. 8. Block Editor • Image Block – New ‘Circle Mask’ style
  9. 9. Block Editor • Table Block – Support ‘Headers’ and ‘Footers’ – Text alignment support – Colors
  10. 10. Block Editor • Button Block – Support ‘Border Radius’ – Support ‘Target’
  11. 11. TwentyTwenty
  12. 12. TwentyTwenty • Focuses on clarity and readability – New open source typeface - Inter
  13. 13. TwentyTwenty
  14. 14. TwentyTwenty • Full support for the Block editor
  15. 15. TwentyTwenty • Custom Colors
  16. 16. TwentyTwenty • Cover template
  17. 17. TwentyTwenty • Menus
  18. 18. Admin Enhancements • Big image uploads – Automatically detect large images and generate a “web- optimized maximum size” (default size is 2560px) – Original image will still be stored but not used – Uploads will be resumed when they fail – Always best to crop and optimise before upload! • Image rotation – Correctly rotated according to EXIF orientation metadata
  19. 19. Admin Enhancements • Admin email notification – Prompt to verify admin email after logging in if account hasn’t been active in awhile
  20. 20. Admin Enhancements • Show/hide password toggle – Available on WP login screens for both mobile and desktop
  21. 21. Admin Enhancements • Design and UI – Improved color contrasts for form fields and buttons Source - wpbeginner
  22. 22. Developers • Code Modernisation – Full support for PHP 7.4 (release end Nov) – Use of the spread operator (…$args) – Developers to update their code if applicable • Date/Time component fixes – More reliable and easy to work with date and time components – Includes new functions like current_datetime(), get_post_datetime() – Presentation: How WordPress breaks time
  23. 23. Developers • WP REST API – Performance increase(30%-40%) in large API responses – _fields param now supports nested fields e.g., wp-json/wp/v2/posts?_fields=title.rendered
  24. 24. Developers • Search Engine Indexing – Method used to discourage indexing will change – Remove previously added ‘Disallow: /‘ in robots.txt – Updated robots meta tag <meta name=‘robots’ content=‘noindex,nofollow’ /> – Will exclude indexing and further crawling
  25. 25. What’s next • Test it out – Install and activate the ‘WordPress Beta Tester’ plugin – Tools > Beta Testing > Check Bleeding edge nightlies option – Dashboard > Updates > Update Now • Read more – WordPress 5.3 Field Guide
  26. 26. Edmund Chan edmund@nerb.com.sg // www.edmundcwm.com Developer

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