6 New WordPress 5.7 Features That Will Transform Your WordPress Website

WordPress 5.7 Features

According to WordPress statistics, WordPress is the most popular content management system with a market share of 60.8%. It also powers 40% of all websites on the web. There is a huge possibility that your website might also be powered by WordPress. If that is the case, then this article is for you.

WordPress periodically releases new versions which fix bugs from previous versions and introduce new features to enhance the overall experience for both developers and users. To test the capabilities and evaluate the response and feedback from its community, WordPress first releases the beta version and then makes it official after few weeks.

Following that pattern, WordPress has made the beta version available for weeks and had released it on March 9, 2021 What does new features does the latest  version of WordPress brings to the table? Let’s find out.

6 Latest WordPress 5.7 Features You Need To Keep An Eye On

Here are six new features of WordPress 5.7 you should take full advantage of to enhance your WordPress experience.

1.  Hassle-Free Migration From HTTP To HTTPS

Security and privacy have always been major concerns for WordPress websites. Despite efforts from the WordPress community, there is still a lot of work to be done to make the platform more secure. WordPress is planning to solve this problem once and for all with its latest version.

If your WordPress website is still using HTTP, you should immediately migrate your website to HTTPS. It will not only help you add an extra layer of security but also increase trust. Moreover, moving your WordPress website to HTTPS also comes in handy when it comes to protecting your website from man-in-the-middle attacks.

WordPress 5.7 helps website administrators to shift their website from HTTP to HTTPS with a click of a button. Yes, you read that right. No more lengthy and technical processes and never-ending waiting times. All you have to do is to go to the site health menu and it will show you all the critical issues your website might have.

Here you will see a button titled “Update your site to use HTTPS”. Just click on that button and all your WordPress website URL changes to HTTPS. Keep in mind that it will also change your Site URL settings and might even update URLs in your content automatically.

2.  Drag and Drop Blocks

WordPress 5.7 offers users more control over blocks by letting you control the place, height and other options. Now, you can drag and drop a block from adding a new block inserter just like you would do with a drag and drop app development tool used by a mobile app development company Canada.  If your website is using cover columns and groups then full-width and full-height blocks.

There is also a new WordPress 5.7 feature that lets you add a description to block variations. You can also change the size of the media icon block. Another change you will notice is the vertical alignment of buttons in the block editor. This gives users options to change the size of buttons in percentages. In addition to this, users can also change the font size inside blocks whether it is a code block or a list block.

3.  Robots API

Updating and controlling robot meta tag was a huge challenge for developers and WordPress knew that. As a result, they have introduced a new robots API for their latest version. Now, developers can programmatically control and update robot file meta tags on a website.

These meta tags help search engine bots on how to crawl and index your website. For this, you will have to include the robot.txt file in the root folder of your website by using robot meta tags. How will it happen? WordPress 5.7 introduced a new function called wp_robots, which allows developers to modify robot meta tags by adding filters to the function. Additionally, developers can also include a large-size image preview. This can also help search engines crawl images on your website and show it in image search results.

4.  Lazy Loading

If you have been following web design trends lately, you might have noticed a common trend called lazy loading on all those lists. Lazy loading is a technique that tells your browser to only load those items which users are viewing instead of loading the complete website.

There are tons of advantages of lazy loading. Some of them are as follows:

  • Reduce page load times
  • Delivers a better user experience
  • Minimizes the page weight
  • Conserves bandwidth

WordPress has the lazy loading feature since version 5.5 but it only works for images. Now, WordPress has extended it to iframes, which means that if you have videos on your website, it will also lazy load to deliver a more seamless web experience.

5.  More Color Options

Just because you have a WordPress website does not mean that it should look ugly. Even though, WordPress has options that let you control the visual appearance of your website but they are fairly limited. You can choose from the limited number of color schemes and if you want to add new color schemes, you will have to deal with Sass variable-based systems, which WordPress uses to generate CSS files.

With WordPress 5.7, we will see a huge shift. WordPress will collapse all the colors in CSS in seven different color shades including

  • Green
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Grey
  • Black
  • White

What this will do is that it will give WordPress developers a wider color palette and a variety of light and dark color schemes to choose from.

6.  New functions

With their 5.7 version release, WordPress has introduced a slew of new functions. The new render-blocking function will enable developers to filter the content present in a single block. The filter hook feature allows developers to manipulate user data present in $user_data while retrieving passwords from retrieving password function. You can perform custom validation checks when resetting your passwords.

Which WordPress 5.7 feature will create the biggest impact in your opinion? Share it with us in the comments section below.WordPress 5.7 Features

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