What's new in WordPress 5.4?

On March 31, the latest version of WordPress 5.4 was released and named after Nat Adderley, a trumpet player, continuing the tradition of naming WordPress releases after jazz artists.

On March 31, the latest version of WordPress 5.4 was released and named after Nat Adderley, a trumpet player, continuing the tradition of naming WordPress releases after jazz artists.

Up to this point, depending on the setting of the auto-update function in the SiteGround user area, your version of WordPress may have been updated to 5.4, so let's take a look at the most interesting new features. from an WordPress end user perspective.

Two new blocks

You can now add social networking widgets in your posts. By clicking on each icon, you can add links and display them in posts.

What's new in WordPress 5.4? Picture 1 You can add social networking widgets in your posts

The second is the button block. Now you don't need to use CSS to create your own buttons in the Call to Actions section at the bottom of the sales page. You can have more buttons inside the same block, adjust settings (background color, text color, border width, link) and press Publish!

What's new in WordPress 5.4? Picture 2 New button block

More color options

Now, you can choose the color for parts of the text in a block. The gradients are added to the button and cover the blocks. Currently, you can apply color options to Group and Columns blocks .

What's new in WordPress 5.4? Picture 3 More color options

Full screen editing

The new WordPress installations currently open the block editor in full screen mode by default, helping users to work without being distracted. The W logo in the left corner is the shortcut to return to the admin area, the list of posts. If you want to turn off full screen mode, click the small 3-dot icon on the right of the screen and uncheck Fullscreen Mode.

What's new in WordPress 5.4? Picture 4 Full screen editing

Improve navigation and accessibility

Now, it's easier to see which blocks you're using with breadcrumb. You will see them at the bottom of the screen.

What's new in WordPress 5.4? Picture 5 Blocks are in use with breadcrumb

With each new release, the block editor will become more accessible for people who rely on screen readers or keyboard navigation to use WordPress. Tagging between components has been improved and the screen reader will let you know if you're in Edit or Navigation mode.

What will appear next?

WordPress 5.4 has just been released, but the development team is getting ready for the next two versions in 2020, 5.5 and 5.6. Josepha Haden, executive director of WordPress.org, has written an update about the status of some upcoming projects and here are some features that make users very excited:

  1. A block directory : You can explore the blocks and easily install them on your site just like with plugins. This is an opportunity to experiment with blocks and come up with new ways to organize and display your content.
  2. Support for Customizer blocks to make site changes easier : This is another step for full site editing through blocks. The possibilities are endless!
  3. A navigation block will allow you to add a menu inside a post or a page. For example, you can create a Where to start page with links to related sources, which can help visitors navigate easily.
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