After the release of WordPress 5.0.3, which turned out to be more of a maintenance/bug-fix update, now follows the next, more significant release: WordPress 5.1
Aside from numerous bugfixes, feature requests, etc., this new version has a lot of new features. There are essentially two new functions: The Site Health collection of features and a significant improvement of the performance of the block editor.
If you manage WordPress yourself, you can install WordPress 5.1 in your admin area - for our Managed WordPress customers, we will of course do it for you.
Site Health Features
WordPress was developed with PHP, and so it is not surprising that the PHP support in WordPress is exemplary.
WordPress 5.1 introduces the Site Health features with the aim of further improving security and speed. WordPress warns the website administrator if outdated and no longer supported PHP versions are used on the website. Additionally, WordPress checks when installing new plug-ins if PHP versions are used that are outdated or no longer compatible. WordPress also warns the website administrator and prevents the installation of the affected plugin. PlugIns now also have a "display" that specifies the minimum requested PHP version. This is checked and shown by WordPress before the installation of the plugin begins. In addition, WordPress 5.1 has a white screen protection feature, which prevents the feared error signifying that WordPress administrators could no longer log into the website.
For our Managed WordPress customers, 1&1 IONOS will of course install the update for you.
In WordPress 5.1, the Block Editor "feels" much faster, and the Block Editor's response during text input has also been accelerated. Further features and performance enhancements are planned in the upcoming WordPress versions. We will report on this in additional articles.
Bugfixes, Enhancements, and Other Changes
In addition to the health function and the improvement in the block editor, the following changes have been made:
More details can be found directly on the official wordpress.org website: Go there now
[Update] - WordPress 5.3 Released
WordPress 5.3 brings some interesting new features and changes to help you get more out of your WordPress site.
- The block editor gets a new block "group" to organize content more easily.
- New design options for blocks in the block editor which allow you to customize your layouts even more to your individual needs.
- Improvements in the accessibility of the backend.
- The new 2020 theme.
With this update, WordPress has made some decisive improvements. Look forward to the best WordPress ever!
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[Update Oct 17, 2019] - WordPress 5.2.4 security update released
WordPress 5.2.4 is now available! This security update fixes 6 security issues.
Our 1&1 IONOS Managed WordPress customers will receive the new version automatically.
[Update Sept 11, 2019] - WordPress 5.2.3 Released
The current version of WordPress 5.2.3 has been released. In this version, bugs have been fixed and improvements have been made. Therefore, we recommend all customers who manage their WordPress installation themselves to install the new version: WordPress-Release 5.2.3
As always, our ##COMPANY_NAME### Managed WordPress customers will receive the new version automatically.
[Update June 18, 2019] - WordPress 5.2.2 released
On June 18, 2019, a new version of WordPress 5.2.2 was released. Since this version mainly fixes errors, we recommend all customers who manage their WordPress installation themselves install the new version: WordPress-Release 5.2.2
Our 1&1 IONOS Managed WordPress customers will receive the new version automatically as usual.
[Update May 22, 2019] - WordPress 5.2.1 released
On 21.05.2019 the current version of WordPress 5.2.1 was released. In this version 32 bugs were fixed, some of them classified as important and critical. Further improvements have been made to the editor and accessibility.
Details about the fixed bugs can be found in the official WordPress blog.
Our 1&1 IONOS Managed WordPress customers will receive the new version automatically as usual. Customers who manage their WordPress installation themselves can now install the new version themselves: WordPress-Release 5.2.1
[Update May 07, 2019] - WordPress 5.2 released
On 7th of May 2019 the current version of WordPress 5.2 was released. Besides many small improvements "below the surface", these are the most important changes:
- The new function, which shows the state of the website, has been further improved.
- Plugins are no longer updated when the website is running on a PHP version that is not supported.
- It is now clearly visible when a website is in restore mode
- The button for distraction-free writing now has no influence on the keyboard navigation in the classic editor.
- Assistive technologies enable better identification of submenus in the admin bar
- Subject lines in WordPress emails are now consistent
- Exports of personal data are not marked as completed until the user has downloaded his data.
- Further improvements in accessibility have been made
As always, our 1&1 IONOSManaged WordPresscustomers receive the new version automatically. Customers who manage their WordPress installation themselves can now install the new version themselves: WordPress Release 5.2
[Update March 13, 2019] - WordPress 5.1.1 released
The current version 5.1.1 mainly deals with the changes introduced in 5.1. and also contains some changes that will help operators prepare their users for the minimum PHP release spurt coming in 5.2. It also contains bugfixes and bug fixes.
You can view the complete list of changes here .
Our 1&1 IONOS Managed WordPressCustomers receive the new version automatically. Customers who manage their WordPress installation themselves can now install the new version themselves: WordPress release 5.1.1