WordPress v5.5 “Eckstine” release

WordPress version 5.5 code named “Eckstine” was released to the public on 11 August 2020. There are three major areas of improvement with this release which include speed, search and security. Gutenize is fully compatible with WordPress v5.5 so feel free to update right away – but remember to follow good practice before doing so such as backing up your files and database.

Why is it called “Eckstine”?

WordPress began code naming main releases as of v1.0 after well-known jazz musicians. It’s a fun and identifiable way to differentiate from the standard boring numbering and further give some personality to the releases.

WordPress chose “Jazz” as the theme, and at Gutenize we somewhat do the same thing but instead use a funny Giphy that has a reference to the key feature of the release. Take for example the latest release we titled “Feed Me!” since we released a new Block for RSS Feeds.

WordPress v5.5 Highlights

Reference: WordPress Blog Release category

Speed

Posts and pages feel faster, thanks to lazy-loaded images. Images give your story a lot of impact, but they can sometimes make your site seem slow.

In WordPress 5.5, images wait to load until they’re just about to scroll into view. The technical term is ‘lazy loading.’

On mobile, lazy loading can also keep browsers from loading files meant for other devices. That can save your readers money on data — and help preserve battery life.

Search

Now, by default, WordPress 5.5 includes an XML sitemap that helps search engines discover your most important pages from the very minute you go live.

So more people will find your site sooner, giving you more time to engage, retain and convert them to subscribers, customers or whatever fits your definition of success.

Security

Now you can set plugins and themes to update automatically — or not! — in the WordPress admin. So you always know your site is running the latest code available.

You can also turn auto-updates on or off for each plugin or theme you have installed — all on the same screens you’ve always used.

Building a Website?

Try Gutenize, a simple WordPress 5 page builder. Gutenize was created to make the new WordPress 5 Editor (Gutenberg) awesome! Our Visual WordPress Builder was named Gutenize for this very reason.

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