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Are you getting ready for the WordPress 5.5 release and not sure that to expect? This will be the second major WordPress release this year and has many new features and improvements. In this video, we’ll show you what’s coming in WordPress 5.5 and walk you through them.

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0:00 Introduction
0:29 Block Improvements
0:52 Block Directory
1:21 Pattern Directory
2:02 Improved Block Movement
2:27 Image Editing
3:02 Lazy Loading Images
3:24 Auto Update Plugins
3:38 Sitemaps
5:01 Upload to Update Plugins

The first update is WordPress has improved the clarity of the blocks in the editor. There are now clear separations between the different block choices so you know the specific block you’re choosing.

WordPress has also introduced the block directory, this will allow you to search through all of the available blocks and if there isn’t one available by default, the search will allow you to easily add one from a plugin or other tool.

Patterns have also been added and these are limited at the moment but will expand as it gets more popular. These are pre-designed blocks to help you get started with setting up a specific design.

The Block editor will also allow you to more easily navigate between the different blocks in your content editor. There is now an arrow navigation and an extra button for selecting the parent element as well. Now when you edit a post and need to use WordPress’ image editing you can do that in the post itself.

If you have a plugin you prefer and don’t want to keep checking for any updates then you can go into your admin area under Plugins, Installed plugins, and on the right-hand side, there is now a link for each plugin to enable automatic updates.

WordPress has started enabling sitemaps by default to help with Search Engines but if you’re using a plugin like Yoast or All In One SEO then you don’t have to worry as those will override and show their sitemaps to prevent any interruptions.

To help speed up sites, WordPress has enabled lazy loading, this means that images are only downloaded once your user’s screen is where the image would be displayed. A ‘loading’ attribute tag will be added to the image and is supported by all browsers other than Safari.

Lastly, for premium plugins that you have to manually upload to your site, WordPress has added the ability that the plugin will be updated rather than running into any updates if the plugin is already installed.

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26 Comments

  • Mohammad Javed on August 10, 2020

    Plugin auto-updates is my favourite.

  • Paul Stein on August 10, 2020

    Inline image editing for quick crops etc a huge time saver.

  • Susanna J on August 10, 2020

    Will the inline image editor work for header images as well?

  • Datapioneer on August 10, 2020

    Great video! Thanks.

  • Ashar I. on August 10, 2020

    Thanks so much, guys!

  • Madara Uchiha on August 10, 2020

    All of the updates are really cool and helpful

  • Nostravinci on August 10, 2020

    How do I turn lazy loading off? Lazy loading bugs the hell out of me.

  • naveen reddy on August 10, 2020

    Hi good video.
    I have already enabled lazy load images in Jetpack plugin.
    So, if I update the WordPress version, should I turn off the lazy load images in Jetpack?

  • Tony Richardson on August 11, 2020

    Thank you for putting this video together! The two features I am most excited about are the auto-update plugin feature (and that you can pick and choose which plugins to auto-update), and the update plugin by upload is amazing. Looking forward to the new release.

  • Jade Crypto on August 11, 2020

    Thank you for sharing 🙌

  • Michael Werner on August 11, 2020

    The update didn't show up yet

  • Vera C on August 11, 2020

    Awesome updates!

  • ToorCo Tech on August 12, 2020

    Seo feature bot showing in the post edit option and structured data also cannot click in the new version.
    Please help

  • Karthik Kumar on August 12, 2020

    Nice video❤️ luv your content.
    A small doubt: -When we enable auto updates will it update only when the dashboard is open. Or will it update even when we don't open our site.
    In the past when i was trying to update a plugin, i switched the tabs before it updated so i got some maintanence issues. So is it best to manual update or auto update.

  • NanoPolymer on August 12, 2020

    cant find the sitemap

  • Elsie Nel on August 12, 2020

    Which option is better, using the WordPress Blocks directly or a page builder like Elementor? Is there a pros and cons list maybe?

  • Will Pomeroy on August 13, 2020

    No way drag and drop blocks though? The option 'Move to' doesn't seem to do anything. If you want to move a block into/out of a column the only way I seem to be able to do it is delete and re do where I want it.

  • Andrew Seaton on August 14, 2020

    I am pretty new to WordPress and only able to do the basics in a website created for me. I used to be able to add text with a link to another website that would load in a separate window. I can't see in 5.5 how I can do this. Add the link, yes, but not so it loads in a new window. Can you please help me?

  • Susan Taunton on August 14, 2020

    I have a ton of gripes with Gutenberg, but I'm glad at least this area has been improved: "Making it easier to select individual blocks so you can move them to where you need to." Thanks for the great (as always!) video. 🙂

  • OuttaBox on August 16, 2020

    the Yoast SEO plugin stopped working after the update. how do I check readability and add descriptions to pages and posts?

  • Jan Gerhards on August 16, 2020

    I do not like this version of wordpress. It causes Menu problems. Have to go back to the version before.

  • Afshan on August 18, 2020

    I want to learn to convert a wp site into app (apple, android and windows). Is there any video for this at your channel?

  • dyrectory com on August 19, 2020

    Thanks for the video with the time stamps! 👏🏻

  • Smart Tricks on August 21, 2020

    why i cant aadd any blocks the + is light blue n not even clicked

  • WaxCreationsByJanine on August 27, 2020

    Hi thanks for the video, I’ve updated my WordPress but now the variations option is missing. I can’t add new products without attributes and variations, attributes is still visible but for the life of me variations has vanished. Please can you direct me?? Thanks

  • Hamad Aziz on September 8, 2020

    Why do many options of dashboard are missing.? Like many options in customization ….. what should I Do now .?
    Answer me please I am a beginner ,yesterday i joined wp …. I am facing many problems… Thanks

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