The long-awaited WordPress update has landed. WordPress 5.5 has some stellar new features and many improvements have been made to the content management system (CMS). WordPress users welcome the changes and new features — version 5.5 is bound to make site owners and webmasters’ lives a bit easier.
One of the biggest changes in the WordPress 5.5 update is to the block editor (as was expected). The user interface (UI) has been tweaked and there’s the introduction of the block patterns and new block directory. Users can also edit images online, which means no more opening up the image library to get the image just right. You can place, crop, resize and so more on the page and have a real-time view of your images and see how it looks in your content. Also, images will now be lazy-loaded by default, which will help quicken page load times, automatically boosting your user experience (UX) to keep both your site visitor and Google happy.
Version 5.5 lets WordPress generate its own XML sitemaps, something you could only do by using a plugin like Yoast. This means that approximately one in three websites will now have XML sitemaps enabled by default.
Speaking of plugins, WordPress 5.5 automatically updates your plugins for you. Since the introduction of this new version of the CMS, WordPress plugins have been getting a lot of airplay, but there are two things you need to know:
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