What to Expect in WordPress 5.2

WordPress 5.2 is finally here and we are looking forward to all the new useful features. If you haven’t tried it yet, now is the ideal time to upgrade. The main focus of this new version is on the block editor, in addition to the tools administrators can now use to troubleshoot, detect, and fix errors.

What can you expect

Improved Fatal Error Protection

A fatal error on WP can prevent you from accessing the dashboard. Currently, the only way to fix this is to undo changes with an FTP client or contact your host to disable all plugins from the WP admin end.

With WordPress 5.2, the new recovery mode allows you to access your dashboard even with a fatal error.

 

Block Editor Updates

There have been continuous developments on Gutenberg. WordPress 5.2 also comes with new improvements including:

  • Performance: WP 5.2 comes with a faster editor that shaves off up to 35% of the load time on massive posts. This signifiant improvement is much faster than the classic editor, and is more responsive as you type.

 

  • Accessibility: WP 5.2 improves software accessibility for you and compliance. It comes with;
  • Reduced browser motion settings on the browser
  • Improved labelling on the post URL slug making it easier to locate
  • Clear and more consistent focus styling for keyboard navigation
  • New speak messages and clearer existing speak messages

 

  • New Blocks: Some of the new blocks on WP 5.1 were previously available as widgets but they are now available to use in posts and pages. Some the blocks include;
  • RSS block
  • Amazon Kindle embed bock
  • Search Block
  • Calendar Block
  • Tag Cloud block

 

  • Block manager: With all the new blocks, WP 5.2 had to come with a new block manager. Most users likely have a few blocks that they use to for all their content. With the block manager, your favourite blocks show up at the top of the list. You can also switch off your least used blocks to reduce the list you have to sort through.

 

Minimum PHP Version

If you are running a PHP version lower than 5.6, you will not be able to upgrade to WP 5.2 or higher. While this is a good move that will encourage more owners to update their PHP versions, it may also work against some sites. It could end up breaking some sites which is likely to annoy some users.

This approach is likely to work in favour of active sites that are kept updated.

 

PHP Recovery

Site admins dread the “white screen of death”. With this new update on WP 5.2, it will be easier to recover should you encounter a PHP error. The upgrade will send a link that will allow access into the admin area from where you can undo the change that caused the error.

Your clients can now have more control over their sites. If, like us, you are excited about the new features, we specialise in WordPress support, talk to us on 01257 758078 or email us at enquiries@codeias.com.