WordPress is an open-source content management system. It is licensed under GPLv2, which means anyone can use and modify WordPress software for free. Its current version is WordPress 5.5. It is basically a platform that anyone can use to build a website absolutely free of cost. 37.6% of websites over all the websites on the internet are built on WordPress.
With this tool, you can easily build your website without any coding knowledge. In one word WordPress makes building a website accessible to anyone, even if he is not a tech guy.
Recently on 11th August 2020 WordPress has launched its latest version WordPress 5.5. Here in this article, I am going to share the latest updates and changes that WordPress makes to optimize your website.
Difference Between WordPress.org and WordPress.com
WordPress.org: It is a self hosted WordPress site. It is free and open-source platform that you can install in your website or blog.
WordPress.com: It is for-profit, paid service that is powered by the WordPress.org software. But you will not get much flexibility to customize your website.
If you want to get full accessibility to customize your website self-hosted WordPress.org will be the best fit for you. You can read difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com to know more about this difference.
Read more: How to get a free .Com domain for 1 year
Types of websites you can make with WordPress
You can make any type of website with WordPress. Not only you can make a business website but also you can also make eCommerce websites with WordPress for this they integrate the best platform with their service is Woo-commerce.
You can make websites like,
- Business websites
- eCommerce stores
- Social networks
- Membership sites
So, now let’s jump into the new WordPress 5.5 update. Let me explain what features you will get in the new version of WordPress 5.5.
What Is New In WordPress 5.5
WordPress 5.5 was released to the public on 11th August 2020 in the honor of in honor of Billy Eckstine. This is one of the major updates that WordPress does. They have done over 450 improvements and bug fixes. They do major changes in speed, search, and security of a WordPress site.
Let me explain every updates one by one.
1. Image Lazy Loading
WordPress has added image lazy loading features in its platform. Before this update, we have to use a third-party plugin to make the image lazy loading. Now it is a native feature.
With the image lazy loading, the site will perform faster than previously. Now onwards you have to do nothing to enable lazy loading in your site.
Lazy loading is a feature to postpone your post images load at the initial loading of your site. It will be still in the unloaded condition if the user does not see the image.
That means the site will be loaded faster to a visitor. When the visitor is about to see the image, at that time the image will be loaded.
2. Native Site maps
Site maps are the maps of a website. It helps search engine to crawl all of your post and pages to rank them on Google, Bing or Yahoo.
Till today we have to use third-party plugins to generate site maps of our website. But in the new version of WordPress 5.5, it is an in-built feature, that you will get.
To date the image site map feature is missing in each and every plugin that we used. But with the WordPress site map built-in feature you can also give a map of all of your website’s images to any search engine.
3. Auto-update themes & plugins
WordPress introduces a new feature that is theme and plugin auto-update. Updating a theme and plugin is a very necessary thing in terms of security of a site. Because most of the hackers uses the opportunity of any outdated themes and plugins.
Till now in WordPress there is no such option to enable auto-updates of any themes & plugins. We have to do it manually. But it is important to keep update all of your plugins & themes to protect your website.
Now in WordPress 5.5 you will get the features to enable auto-update your themes & plugins. You need to enable it in order to take advantage of this feature.
4. Outdated CSS Styles Removed
WordPress removed old outdated CSS styling codes. Means your site will be no longer accessible from old browser.
Most of the bot and malicious users come from old and outdated browsers. Real human traffic doesn’t tend to use outdated browsers. So it is an addon security feature that your site will get.
5. Change is the Block editor
Latest WordPress updates include a list of new exciting features for the block editor.
Block patterns: The new block pattern is more easier to use and contains beautiful layouts, using combinations of text and media.
Block directory: Now it is more easier to find blocks you need. It is in the right into the block editor.
Inline image editing: Now you can Crop, rotate, and zoom your photos directly from the image block. This will definitely saves a lot of time.
WordPress 5.5 is a major update that comes with a lot of new useful features. It will definitely make the site perform faster and help WordPress users better achieve their goals. Update your WordPress site to the new version of WordPress and enjoy the features.
Let me know in the comment section below what is your view about the new version of WordPress and which feature you like the most.