📆 This is the June 2021 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
Hello folks, hope you all are fine and healthy. Here is a quick look at some exciting WordPress news from last month. We’re going to discuss some under-the-hood improvements made in Jetpack 9.7, a new feature to add colors to your images, Gutenberg’s new release towards Full Site Editing, and WordPress’ 18th birthday.
June 2021 WordPress News with CodeinWP
Jetpack 9.7 was released on May 4th with some improvements to make it compatible with the new features coming in WordPress 5.8, including the Full Site Editing.
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You can now access some features without connecting your WordPress.com account. Jetpack’s status will be set as activated as soon as you install and activate the plugin. You can get access to the features given below without connecting your WordPress.com account:
- Site Accelerator (CDN)
- Contact form
- SEO tools
- Most Jetpack blocks
- Visit here for a full list of features
Keep in mind that to unlock the full scope of Jetpack features, you will still need to connect your account. But all in all, it’s a good inclusion for users who need just the basics.
Some other improvements include:
- Changes to improve performance on the pages where Carousel is being used
- Some bug fixes in the Instant Search
To get a detailed list of bug fixes and new features, please visit the changelog here.
A new and “colorful” feature is going to be introduced with the release of WordPress 5.8. Duotone filters can be used to add a pop of colors to your images and blocks – to integrate your image style with your theme more effectively.
This feature is something like the filters you might have used on Instagram, but it doesn’t come with the adjustments to color and other aspects, it changes the color of your image entirely and provides a different tone.
This feature can be very useful for the background images where you need to make your text stand out. You can choose two colors to set a tone with one color being the shadow and the other being the highlight. It’s the same concept as Black & White, but it is colorful.
With the image block, this feature can also be used on the images and videos in the cover block. And, as Duotone uses CSS to apply the effects on your images, you don’t need to worry about changes being applied to the images permanently.
This feature is already available in Gutenberg 10.6, so you don’t have to wait for WordPress 5.8 to give it a go.
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That sums up our June 2021 WordPress news roundup. Anything we missed?
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