WordPress 5.7 is planned to launch on March 9th, 2021, and will be the first major release of the year. This new release comes with some major new features and improvements. Come watch our video where we share what’s coming in WordPress 5.7.
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The first ease of use improvement is when you are adding a block from the inserter on the left-hand side of your site, you can drag and drop the block into the location you want it to be placed.
Next, if you enjoyed using full-width blocks for different sections of your site then WordPress has added a full height block that allows you to create a block that fills in the height of the user’s screen to allow you to create engaging layouts.
Blocks should also have descriptions for their variations, as an example, the social icon blocks include a preview where you can inspect them in the block editor with a preview. There is also the option to change the size of the social buttons added to the editor.
For any buttons added using the block editor, there is now a vertical alignment option so you are not forced to custom add that feature.
More blocks have also added the font size op[tion, previously this was for mainly the paragraph block but the option has been included for somewhere it was missing, mainly lists and code.
Added to the WordPress site health is the option to update your site to HTTPS, previously this was a very difficult process that could cause errors on your site but WordPress has added functions to make this process that much easier.
There have been some less noticeable changes such as the admin color scheme being standardized to reduce the available colors to a more friendly amount. There are also more changes under the hood of WordPress to help improve your site.
Lastly, lazy loading has been added to iFrames which means they will not be loaded until the user’s screen gets to that section on your site. Since 5.5 WordPress has used this for images but this recent addition helps speed up sites even further.
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00:00 New WordPress features with WordPress 5.7
00:33 Drag and drop blocks
00:53 Full height for blocks
01:02 Block variation descriptions
01:13 Added Social Icon Sizes
01:22 Vertical alignment for buttons
01:35 Font size support for list and code blocks
01:59 Automatically update site from HTTP to HTTPS
03:25 Simplified admin color palette
03:40 Robots API
03:56 Lazy Load iframes
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