What’s New In WordPress 5.4 [Features and Screenshots]

Whats New In WordPress 5.4

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Are you ready to try out new features and updates of WordPress 5.4 that has been be released on March 31, 2020. WordPress 5.4 is named “Adderley” in honor of Nat Adderley.

The latest version of WordPress is available for download or update in your dashboard.

In the newer version, major improvements focused around Block/Gutenberg editor by adding more Blocks, Embeds, Social icons and Color customization options etc which is a good news for content creators.

May be now it’s time to learn Gutenberg/Block Editor and say bye-bye to Classic Editor.

What’s new in WordPress 5.4 – the first significant release of the year 2020? Let’s dive into the most interesting features and updates that came with WordPress 5.4. Here are some of the highlights of new features and updates.

The New Welcome Guide

WordPress 5.4 came with a Welcome Guide that will explain about blocks, library and will provide a link to the WordPress block editor guide.

New Welcome Guide in WordPress 5.4 Update

If you want to relaunch welcome guide, you can do that by clicking the “vertical ellipsis” icon on the top-right corner of the edit screen and then click on “Welcome Guide”.

Relaunch New Welcome Guide in WordPress 5.4

Fullscreen Mode Enabled by Default

With WordPress 5.4 update, now the editor will behave differently for the first time when you will open the editor in a new installation or on a new device. The editor will open in “Fullscreen mode” by default.

Fullscreen Mode Enabled by Default in WordPress 5.4

If you want to turn off “Fullscreen mode”, click on the “vertical ellipsis” icon on the top-right corner of the edit screen and then click on “Fullscreen mode” option.

How to Disable Fullscreen Mode in WordPress Gutenberg Editor

New Blocks in WordPress 5.4

WordPress 5.4 included two new blocks (sort of) to the library.

1. Social Icons Block

Social Icons block will let you add links to your social media profiles or pages easily while editing the WordPress posts or pages.

You can add the Social Icons block by typing /social in an empty block and then hit enter.

Shortcut to Add Social Icons Block in WordPress 5.4

Or you can click on the “Add block” icon and then search for social icons.

How to Add Social Icons Block in WordPress 5.4

The Social Icons block has 39 social icons from which you can select icons of your choice.

2. Buttons Block

In WordPress 5.4, old Button block are replaced with new Buttons block and as the name suggests now you will be able to add multiple buttons in a single block.

Add Multiple Buttons After WordPress 5.4 Update

In the new update, there is option to choose the color gradient in the background for the first time.

Color Gradient Option for Button in WordPress 5.4

New Embed in WordPress 5.4

Now it will be easy to embed TikTok videos in WordPress as WordPress 5.4 came with a new embed called “Tiktok” that will help you to embed Tiktok videos in your WordPress posts and pages easily.

TikTok Embed in WordPress 5.4 Update

Block Color Improvements in WordPress 5.4

WordPress 5.4 came with many colour customization options.

1. Change Text Color inside Paragraph/Heading Block

From WordPress 5.4 update, now you can change the color of any string within the Heading or Paragraph block. Just highlight the string and customize the text color from the block toolbar.

Change any Text Color in Paragraph or Heading

2. Color Gradient Option for Cover Block

In newer version of WordPress, a very nice addition is the option of color gradient background for the Cover block. That will make your website more appealing. You will have the option to select gradient type (Linear or Radial), adjust the angle, add gradient points and select color for each point.

Color gradient Option for Cover Block in WordPress 5.4

3. Change background and text colors of all blocks

From WordPress 5.4, you would be able to choose background and text colors for all the blocks inside a Columns block or Group block.

Change background and text colors of all blocks In WordPress 5.4

Images/Gallery Related Improvements in WordPress 5.4

1. Drag and Drop Feature to Set Featured Image

Up to WordPress 5.3 users were not able to drag and drop the image to set it as a featured image but starting from WordPress 5.4 setting the featured image will be more simplified as users will be able to drag and drop the image to the featured image section.

Drag and Drop Feature to Set Featured Image in WordPress 5.4 Update

2. Select Size for all Gallery Images

In WordPress 5.4 there is an option to select the size for all images in the gallery.

Select Size for all Gallery Images Feature in WordPress 5.4

3. Featured Images in Latest Posts Block

In the newer version of WordPress, Latest Posts block will display the featured images. After enabling the option “Display featured image”, user will be able to select the size, dimensions and alignment of the images.

Add Featured Images in Latest Posts Block in WordPress 5.4

Improved Block Toolbar on Mobile Devices

In earlier WordPress versions, when you edit the blocks on mobile devices then the block toolbar appears within the block itself and when you start to edit/write block elements then the block toolbar disappears and in order to make it reappear you would have to click on the block again. This was not very good user experience.

Block Toolbar on Mobile Devices before WordPress 5.4 Update

This experience has been improved in WordPress 5.4 and now the block toolbar will stick to the top of the screen while editing the block and will be accessible all the time and will improve the editing experience.

Fixed Block Toolbar on Mobile Devices in WordPress 5.4

Performance Improvement In WordPress 5.4

The block editor team has achieved a 14% loading time reduction and 51% time-to-type reduction, for a particularly sizable post (~ 36,000 words, ~1,000 blocks) since WordPress 5.3.

Source: https://wordpress.org/news/2020/02/wordpress-5-4-beta-1/

Site Health Widget

In WordPress 5.2 update “Site Health” feature was introduced and it was accessible under the Tools menu, as Site Health.

In WordPress 5.4 update a “Site Health” widget has be added to the dashboard that will warn administrators about potential issues that could affect their site’s performance or security and administrator will be able to go to Site Health screen for more details and suggested fixes by clicking the “Site Health screen” link provided in the widget.

Site Health Widget In WordPress 5.4 update

Option to Add Caption below the Table Block

With WordPress 5.4, now users will be able to add the caption below a Table block easily.

Option to Add Caption below the Table Block in WordPress 5.4 Update

Improvements for Developers in WordPress 5.4

1. apply_shortcodes() function instead of do_shortcode() function

apply_shortcodes() function will be used instead of old do_shortcode() function as apply_shortcodes() function delivers the better semantics. do_shortcode() function will not be deprecated.

2. Calendar Widget Changes

From newer version of WordPress <tfoot> tag will follow the <tbody> tag and to produce a valid HTML, WordPress 5.4 moved the navigation links to a <nav> HTML element immediately following the <table> element.

3. More for Developers

  1. Clearer information about errors in wp_login_failed.
  2. Support has been added for the required WordPress and PHP version headers in themes.

Accessibility Improvements

WordPress 5.4 came with some accessibility improvements.

  1. Better focus management in Menu.
  2. Easier keyboard navigation for better semantics in the Media modal.
  3. An easier to read privacy policy.

What to Expect In WordPress 5.5

WordPress 5.5 is expected to be released on August 11, 2020. Here are some prominent features that are expected in WordPress 5.5

Source: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/12/06/update-9-projects-for-2019/

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