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The Month in WordPress: February 2021

March 3rd, 2021

You don’t have to be rich to have an online presence. You don’t have to find loopholes in proprietary platforms and hope that they never change their terms of service. You own all of the content that you create on a WordPress site and have the liberty to move it to a new host if…

WordPress 5.7 Release Candidate 2

March 2nd, 2021

The second release candidate for WordPress 5.7 is now available! You can test the WordPress 5.7 release candidate in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “Bleeding edge” channel and Beta/RC Only” stream options) Or download the release candidate here (zip). Thank you to all of the contributors who tested the Beta/RC releases and gave feedback….

Did You Know About Reusable Blocks?

February 24th, 2021

Created by Joen Asmussen, @joen The WordPress block editor (a.k.a. Gutenberg) comes with a feature called “reusable blocks.” They are blocks, saved for later, edited in one place. Have you ever wanted to: Re-use the same snippet of text across posts and pages? Save complex layouts to spare you having to copy/paste from one post…

WordPress 5.7 Release Candidate

February 23rd, 2021

The first release candidate for WordPress 5.7 is now available! Please join us in celebrating this very important milestone in the community’s progress towards the final release! “Release Candidate” means that the new version is ready for release, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible something was missed. WordPress…

WordPress 5.6.2 Maintenance Release

February 22nd, 2021

WordPress 5.6.2 is now available! This maintenance release includes 5 bug fixes. These bugs affect WordPress version 5.6.1, so you’ll want to upgrade. You can download WordPress 5.6.2 directly, or visit the Dashboard → Updates screen and click Update Now. If your sites support automatic background updates, they’ve already started the update process. WordPress 5.6.2 is a small maintenance release focused […]

Reflecting on Gutenberg’s 100th Release

February 19th, 2021

1.0 to 10.0 Gutenberg 10.0 released this week, February 17, 2021, marking the 100th release of the Gutenberg plugin; the 100th release of a journey that started more than four years ago when Matt announced the project at WordCamp US 2016. Where We Started The past four years have not always been an easy journey….

WordPress 5.7 Beta 3

February 16th, 2021

WordPress 5.7 Beta 3 is now available for testing! This software is still in development, so it’s not recommended to run this version on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with it. You can test the WordPress 5.7 Beta 3 in two ways: Install/activate the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (select the Bleeding…

WordPress 5.7: Big ol’ jQuery Update

February 11th, 2021

WordPress core is making the jump from jQuery 1.12.4 to jQuery 3.5.1! This is a big deal for lots of reasons — like modern features, better DX, and security improvements to name a few. Right now, the plan is to release the update in WordPress 5.7, which is slated to release on March 9. 🤞…

WordPress 5.7 Beta 2

February 9th, 2021

WordPress 5.7 Beta 2 is now available for testing! This software is still in development, so it’s not recommended to run this version on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with it. You can test the WordPress 5.7 Beta 2 in two ways: Install/activate the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (select the Bleeding…

WordPress 5.6.1 Maintenance Release

February 3rd, 2021

WordPress 5.6.1 is now available! This maintenance release features 20 bug fixes as well as 7 issues fixed for the block editor. These bugs affect WordPress version 5.6, so you’ll want to upgrade. You can download WordPress 5.6.1 directly, or visit the Dashboard → Updates screen and click Update Now. If your sites support automatic background updates, they’ve already started the update process. WordPress…