Everything you need to know about WordPress 5.5

As every year in August, in full vacation and this year in full pandemic, WordPress 5.5 arrives in honor of Billy Eckstine.

This is a new version, in fact it is not a security update and therefore not automatic, so you will have to update manually.

WordPress 5.5 is based on 3 fundamental pillars, speed, search and security and I would add one more such as Gutenberg, so I am going to detail the most significant.

Speed

Lazy loading of images or lazy loading that some would say has been added as standard and better known for the lazyload effect of images, (surely in the future they will add lazy loading for iframes and videos) which makes the loading of pages and post are faster so it is supposed to improve the loading speed and with it the SEO, we already know that the faster the load, the better.

If you use plugins for this, you can deactivate them or not, as I mentioned in the previous paragraph, it does not contemplate the LazyLoad load for iframes and videos that the WP-Rocket cache plugin does, for example.

Do not look for where to manage this new functionality since there is no tool as such, it is directly activated, without more.

Search

If you are one of those who did not have a sitemap, which surprises me since if you use any SEO plugin it is practically standard or any other sitemap plugin, since the new WordPress 5.5 generates it automatically, it is in tudominio.com/wp-sitemap.xml and takes an embedded redirect from sitemap.xml to wp-sitemap.xml.

In test sites where I did not have installed any type of plugin that generates the sitemap, WordPress 5.5 generates it at the moment, although it is true in the sites where I do have a plugin for such a function if you put tudominio.com/wp-sitemap.xml it takes you to 404 page not found, but if you deactivate the plugin or the part of the plugin that generates the sitemap, WordPress does not get to know well at least when redirecting from sitemap.xml to wp-sitemap.xml, I imagine this It will be improved in subsequent updates.

Nor do you look for where to manage your sitemap, at the moment it does not have where, but being generated is generated.

Security

Now you can activate or deactivate the automatic updates of plugins and themes, individually or collectively, this refers to security, which happens that it is a double-edged sword and it is not new, already in Host-Fusion we have for years the possibility of automatically updating both the core and WordPress plugins and themes.

Personally, I would call it security if the plugins and themes were really updated automatically if it were a security update, as it happens with the WordPress core, but in this case if you activate automatic updates, it is updated every time there is a new version. of the plugin or theme, it does not matter if it is a security update or a new version, which can lead to disaster from time to time and also without knowing and without knowing when and why it happened.

Of course, if the site breaks down due to an update, your WordPress should notify you of this circumstance as an administrator.

In any case, if you are like me who prefer to control all the processes, better if you do not activate the updates, everything will depend on the type of website you use and how fussy you are.

What is intended here with this tool is to protect unattended facilities, which are many.

Anyway, this new tool that you can find in the plugins and themes section, is deactivated by default.

Gutenberg

Are you still using the classic editor? You do not know what you are missing, I who gave the change now, going against Gutenberg no longer makes any sense despite the fact that prehistoric bloggers continue to defend the classic editor tooth and nail, listen to me and paste the change now.

In the new version of Gutenberg we can highlight that now you can add patterns, which is neither more nor less than a small library of predefined blocks that will surely increase over time, for example you can add the following block of two images

Or a series of 2 or three buttons like these

You can also browse and preview the blocks before using them or even add blocks directly without leaving the editor.

Preview

The preview has improved, now when you hover the mouse over Preview, a drop-down with a selector, desktop, tablet or mobile jumps, and then the option to preview in a new tab.

When you select tablet or mobile you can see in the editor itself how it will look on these devices, although with some themes it fails, which will also be solved by the theme developers.

Integrated image editing, now you can edit your images in the editor itself, rotate, zoom out, zoom in, rotate, crop, test and you will see that you can do many things.

Conclusions.

I think it’s a nice update with quite a few new tools and improvements. The inclusion of patterns increasingly brings a builder closer to Gutenberg.

The desktop, tablet and mobile previews are actually quite good because they give you an approximation of what it will look like.

I think the issue of automatic updates is fine and it will be polished over time until we get to how to update the WordPress core.

I think the sitemap should also improve as well as lazyload, but all this will be in future versions.