After the major release of WordPress 5.0 and a series of minor releases, WordPress 5.0 has been rolled out. There are some interesting developments in this latest release that we will be covering in this article.
Let’s check out these improvements and updates in detail.
The Site Health project will notify users of their outdated PHP versions. WordPress will also start taking into account plugin PHP version requirements.
WordPress 5.1 has an added table in its database that stores metadata associated with websites. This allows storage of arbitrary data relevant in a multisite network.
This JS code recognition was in the trunk since April 2019 and is finally shipped with WordPress 5.0.
WordPress 5.1 will have the admin table pagination had their CSS styling modified. This change improves the color contrast ratio. Ultimately, this will result in better accessibility and also improves consistency across admin screens.
WordPress 5.1 also comes with a change in behavior for cron spawning not only on servers running FastCGI but also for PHP versions 7.0.16 and above. It comes with two features that will assist with returning data:
- One function will be used to retrieve cron jobs ready to be run
- The other function will be used to retrieve a scheduled event.
The new editor has been on an improvement cycle since its release in WordPress 5.0. The 5.1 will have a new version of Gutenberg 4.8. This new version will improve Gutenberg performance and will also include design improvements.
WordPress 5.0 comes with over 303 bug fixes. That’s not all, it also includes:
- 156 enhancements
- 9 feature requests
- 23 blessed tasks
You can read more about the new WordPress 5.1 in the WordPress 5.1 Field Guide.