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The Month in WordPress: October 2020

November 2nd, 2020

October 2020 was a notable month for WordPress lovers, thanks to the release of several products and updates. Read on to keep up with all the latest news! The 2020 WordPress Annual Survey is out The team published the 2020 WordPress Annual survey —  to help those who build WordPress to understand more about our…

WordPress 5.5.3 Maintenance Release

October 30th, 2020

WordPress 5.5.3 is now available. This maintenance release fixes an issue introduced in WordPress 5.5.2 which makes it impossible to install WordPress on a brand new website that does not have a database connection configured. This release does not affect sites where a database connection is already configured, for example, via one-click installers or an…

Take the 2020 WordPress Annual Survey (and view the 2019 results)!

October 27th, 2020

For many years, WordPress enthusiasts have filled out an annual survey to share their experiences and feelings about WordPress. Interesting results from this survey have been shared in the annual State of the Word address and/or here on WordPress News. This survey helps those who build WordPress understand more about how the software is used,…

WordPress 5.6 Beta 2

October 27th, 2020

WordPress 5.6 Beta 2 is now available for testing! This software is still in development, so we recommend that you run this version on a test site. You can test the WordPress 5.6 beta in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option). Or download the beta here (zip). WordPress 5.6 is slated for…

WordPress and Jamstack

October 26th, 2020

I recently moderated a panel at Netlify’s virtual Jamstack Conf that included Netlify CEO Matt Biilman and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg. The whole thing was built up — at least to some — as a “Jamstack vs. WordPress” showdown. I have lots of thoughts of my own on this and think I’m more useful as…

WordPress 5.6 Beta 1

October 20th, 2020

WordPress 5.6 Beta 1 is now available for testing! This software is still in development, so we recommend that you run this version on a test site. You can test the WordPress 5.6 beta in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option). Or download the beta here (zip). The current target for final…

The Month in WordPress: September 2020

October 2nd, 2020

This month was characterized by some exciting announcements from the WordPress core team! Read on to catch up with all the WordPress news and updates from September. WordPress 5.5.1 Launch On September 1, the  Core team released WordPress 5.5.1. This maintenance release included several bug fixes for both core and the editor, and many other…

Using Markdown and Localization in the WordPress Block Editor

September 23rd, 2020

If we need to show documentation to the user directly in the WordPress editor, what is the best way to do it? Since the block editor is based on React, we may be tempted to use React components and HTML code for the documentation. That is the approach I followed in my previous article, which…

Create compelling Web Stories on WordPress

September 22nd, 2020

Web Stories bring a familiar full-screen, tappable story format to the wide audience of the web. Now it’s even easier for creators to create and publish Web Stories with the new Web Stories for WordPress plugin. We introduced the beta version of the plugin earlier this year, and after  incorporating your feedback and adding features,…

WordPress 5.5.1 Maintenance Release

September 1st, 2020

WordPress 5.5.1 is now available! This maintenance release features 34 bug fixes, 5 enhancements, and 5 bug fixes for the block editor. These bugs affect WordPress version 5.5, so you’ll want to upgrade. You can download WordPress 5.5.1 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….