? This is the November 2020 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
Hi, everyone! We hope this post finds you in good spirits and health. I compiled it to bring you the highlights of our community from the past month. May you find in it a few moments of distraction from what’s happening around us right now.
In the November 2020 WordPress news edition, we’re talking about the second WordPress 5.6 beta, Cloudflare’s new Automatic Platform Optimization for WordPress sites, and the first concrete steps in the transition to block-based themes and full-site editing.
For more details and other impactful stories – partnerships, releases, features – stay with us for the next five minutes.
Have a peaceful November!
November 2020 WordPress News with CodeinWP
While we’re waiting for the official release, here’s a preview of what WordPress 5.6 will look like. The second beta is ready for testing, so bring your feedback to the table once you get the chance to experiment with it.
What’s coming next in December? Improvements in the block editor, a new default theme – Twenty Twenty-One – support for PHP 8, auto-updates for major releases, Application Passwords for REST API authentication, and enhanced accessibility.
A feature that’s currently at a stage of a debate is a dark mode in Twenty Twenty-One theme. The dark mode support, for both site owners and viewers, is supposed to be added via a plugin.
What we won’t see in WordPress 5.6 are the block-based widgets that had been planned to land with this release. They were postponed until next year because the system is not ready yet, while the team is putting efforts into fixing some existing errors.
At the same time, a new security and maintenance release for WordPress 5.5 is available, so make sure to update your site soon. This release came as an urgent solution to serious problems after an error in the WordPress’ auto-update system pushed an alpha release (WordPress 5.5.3-alpha-49449) to go live on production sites.
This issue was solved in under an hour, so all the affected sites came back to normal. But the users still went through a panic attack which made them question the auto-update system.
A popular story this month involved Cloudflare‘s changes and new services. The content delivery network now provides web analytics focusing on privacy and a new Automatic Platform Optimization service for WordPress.
The latter aims to bring next-level performance improvements to WordPress sites that are struggling with slow loading times as a result of shared hosting, slow databases, and plugins that are not the best in terms of speed.
In other words, Automatic Platform Optimization will cache your dynamic content and serve your website from Cloudflare’s network of global edge servers, which will eliminate the initial requests and processing times.
It basically shortens the main path an element must take from request to display on the screen, so visitors will get almost instant loading times of under 400ms.
What’s even more exciting about this new feature is that you don’t have to do anything extra for it to work, except for one single click. It’s available to premium customers but free users can also add it to their sites for $5/month/site.
Great Articles From Around The Web
That sums up our November 2020 WordPress news roundup. Anything we missed?
Don’t forget to join our crash course on speeding up your WordPress site. With some simple fixes, you can reduce your loading time by even 50-80%: