The recently released WordPress 5.4 ‘Adderley’ update has got a lot to look forward to! Since this highly popular CMS ditched its classic editor for blocks, the updates that followed were more or less about the editor. This incremental update brings some changes in Gutenberg along with accessibility improvements, site health check mechanisms, and numerous other enhancements.
Before we dive deeper into the update’s details, here is a quick list of reasons for anyone who is deferring any updates for a later date.
Why should you upgrade to 5.4?
While incremental updates might not seem that urgent, here are some compelling reasons that will urge you to think otherwise:
A continuous upgrade helps address security loopholes and ensure that your website is protected against possible security breaches.
Like other updates, WordPress updates are also focussed on continuous performance improvements of your website.
Updates help your website become more user friendly and accessible, thereby creating a better user experience.
Let’s take a closer look at the new features and enhancements in this update.
Changes in the Gutenberg Editor
- Social Icon buttons
You can now add more than 30+ social platform icons to all your posts and website pages. It includes Reddit, Medium, Facebook, Linkedin, and more. This will eventually help you increase engagement across all your social media platforms.
- Gutenberg’s got a performance upgrade as well
There is a 14% reduction in the loading time of the editor as compared to 5.3 update.
- More color options
There is now a gradient background option available for columns, cover, and buttons. This new color customization option goes a long way in making your website’s layout more engaging and visually appealing.
Additionally, you are no longer restricted to a single color of the text in paragraphs. You can add inline text color within your paragraphs.
- Buttons block
You can now get multiple blocks on a single page. This means multiple CTA in a single block, thus letting your user decide which option to go for. Plus, you can play with button style, text font, and the background colors.
- Full screen mode
Gutenberg editor now opens in full screen mode by default. You can switch the mode in the top right menu and go in, ‘editor settings’, and uncheck the ‘fullscreen mode’ option.
The community has a mixed reaction towards this addition, especially for beginners. A notable issue is that when the full screen mode is activated, the top bar and admin panels are removed. This makes the navigation a task for the new users.
- TikTok embed block
This update now has embed blocks for TikTok videos, similar to adding Youtube videos.
- Featured image
You now have the drag and drop option to add featured images to your blog instead of manually selecting the image. The size and alignments can also be adjusted in the gallery block.
Other notable changes
- New welcome model
The new welcome model provides a tour of the Gutenberg editor. Tips are no longer present and in its place, there is a slideshow with necessary explanations of blocks and official documentation reference. And the good thing is that this welcome guide can be seen as and when needed via the top right corner menu.
- Accessibility improvement
- Health checks enhancements
There is a new widget on your site’s admin dashboard. This displays your website’s overall health and gives you a warning on possible issues. In case you want detailed reports, there is a CTA button that will provide the required information and possible remedy for the issues.
Incremental updates are just as important as version upgrades because the exploits don’t stop unless you do the essential regular maintenance.
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