As you are aware that WordPress 5.1 is already out and available for upgrade, many do not upgrade as it is available and wait for some update from experts about the positive or negative feedback as there have been many issues in recent past with some users when the complete transformation took place from the Classic Editor to Gutenberg Editor. That is the reason why bloggers hate to upgrade immediately to newer versions when released. That’s why I thought of giving some update about the new version that is available for upgrade in your WordPress admin panel.
To begin with, there are no hick ups in this version 5.1. You can start upgrading immediately without even reading further this article. This version has only one major change for the bloggers that is, following WordPress 5.0—a major release which introduced the new block editor—5.1 focuses on polish, in particular by improving overall performance of the editor. So, even you escape this version, you are not losing anything if you are still using Classic Editor like me as on date as this give me more comfortable. However, I did the upgrade by the time I am writing this update.
When I upgraded to the WordPress 5.1 I was welcomed with this screen.
As you can see I got a notification for the Classic Editor as this was in activate status when the upgrade was done. So, to check the new block editor you have to go to the link that is shown in the above image and switch between the classic editor and block editor as shown in the below image.
This is the block editor that looks like after the switch between both editors took place.
Now you must have been familiarized with the changes that took place with the upgrade to version 5.1. Personally, I feel there is no such remarkable feature of this version as whatever is given, I can still enjoy more than this with the Classic Editor and did not find this version interesting. In addition, this release paves the way for a better, faster, and more secure WordPress with some essential tools for site administrators and developers.
Apart from this it also provides important Multisite Metadata. 5.1 introduces a new database table to store metadata associated with sites and allows for the storage of arbitrary site data relevant in a multisite / network context. More about this can be found here.
Another feature about Cron API that, the Cron API has been updated with new functions to assist with returning data and includes new filters for modifying cron storage. Other changes in behavior affect cron spawning on servers running FastCGI and PHP-FPM versions 7.0.16 and above and more details about this can be found here.
Other Developer Goodness
Miscellaneous improvements include updates to values for the
WP_DEBUG_LOG constant, new test config file constant in the test suite, new plugin action hooks, short-circuit filters for
count_users(), a new
human_readable_duration function, improved taxonomy metabox sanitization, limited
LIKE support for meta keys when using
WP_Meta_Query, a new “doing it wrong” notice when registering REST API endpoints, and more!
Finally, this is a new beginning of an old tradition and soon many new developments are to be seen in WordPress and you have wait and watch.
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