What are we likely to see when WordPress 5.3 is released? will be a reality?
And now you can look forward to it. The official release date of the WordPress core was set on November 12, 2019. The beta version was released today. You can test the beta version of WordPress 5.3 by downloading the plugin (WordPress Beta Tester). However, it is highly recommended that you test it with your staging site or a test site instead of your production site.
The scope to the This release is consistent With the 2019 Goal setting from Frosted Mullenweg to tighten the CMS in the assignment to improve current features and functions. And coordinator Francesca Marano stated that the focus of this version of WordPress is on improving current interactions and improving the usability of the user interfaces.
On August 8, 2019, WordPress CEO Josepha Haden announced an overview and summary of the updates and improvements that could be included in the upcoming version of WordPress 5.3:
- Grouping: Support for breaking your page into a section
- Move: Support for visual movement when moving / arranging blocks
- Column patterns and widths: Support for fixed column widths and predefined layouts
- Big pictures: Support for saving progress after failing to upload a large image
- Media accessibility: Some corrections and a lot of polishing as a result of the a11y audit
- PHP 7.4: Support for the new version at the end of November "
- And also: Creating / testing updates, better management of emails and lots of improvements under the hood
Also, the new standard theme will be introduced along with the Twenty Twenty release.
And finally, the beta version has now been released. To understand progress, keep your eyes peeled for the following.
Gutenberg Block Editor
Block editor iterations are an integral part of this release. 12 releases of the Gutenberg plugin will be merged in 5.3, which means that a long list of interesting new features will be available. Some improvements are available for the group, column, table, gallery, separator, newest post, list and button blocks related to visualization and User friendliness. There is also a new accessibility navigation mode that lets you navigate between blocks without having to type their contents on the keyboard. The editor's new animations and micro-interactions try to improve the UX.
There are also some minor improvements to the editor including data module API, inserter help, snack bar hints, typewriter experience, and fixes a number of issues with the access report.
The new standard theme: Twenty Twenty
As one of the highly anticipated elements in WordPress 5.3, the new standard theme is also available in beta. The idea and design of the theme came from one of the WordPress themes, Chaplin, which was published in the WordPress.org theme directory earlier this summer. The new default theme has full block editor support and allows users to find the right design for their message.
Admin interface improvements
The team is also trying to integrate some parts of the Gutenberg styles into the administration interface and to fix various accessibility issues, improve color contrasts in form fields and buttons, improve consistency between the editor and administration interface, update the WordPress color scheme and improve zoom management, and more.
Some other notable additions to 5.3 that need testing are:
- Support for resuming uploads for large files: Users can upload non-optimized, high-resolution images directly from their smartphone
- Automatic image rotation when uploading: When you upload your images, they will be correctly rotated according to the EXIF orientation.
- Site health checking improvements: The tools make it easy to identify and understand areas of your site that may need troubleshooting.
- Administrator email confirmation: Reduces the chances of your website getting blocked if you change your login email address.
- Corrections to the time / date components
- PHP 7.4 compatibility and deprecation removal
- Improvements to multisite
- Save the database version in the site meta
- Code modernization
- Toggle password view
We hope this article has helped you understand the upcoming new features and improvements in WordPress 5.3. Please remember to follow the step-by-step tutorial when upgrading the WordPress version. Let us know your comment below, which features you like or which interesting features you can expect in the future.