📆 This is the January 2021 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
Hey everyone, we wish you all a Happy New Year and hope you have a great year ahead. Let’s have a look at how the last month of the year was for WordPress and what to expect heading into the new year.
There’s certainly been a lot going on in the WordPress ecosystem. For once, we have a completely new version of WordPress, and Matt Mullenweg held his annual State of the Word. But there’s more! Enjoy:
January 2021 WordPress News with CodeinWP
Lead by an all-women and non-binary squad, WordPress 5.6 “Simone” was released last month. This version is named after legendary performer and civil rights activist Nina Simone. This version includes a brand new default theme, greater layout flexibility, enhancements for the block editor, and built-in block patterns.
Updates to the block editor:
This development cycle has been focused on full site editing (FSE). This update brings a more polished editor and improvements to block patterns. Block patterns are combinations of blocks that allow users to easily add complex layout elements to the page. In this update, you will get a quote pattern that allows you to add a separator and image above and below the text. This version also includes Block UI changes, and the Block API version 2.
New Twenty Twenty One default theme:
This new minimal theme has a single-column layout and a widgetized footer. It is focused on faster performance and easy customization. It takes full advantage of the new features of the block editor.
Some other things you’ll find in WordPress 5.6:
- Auto-updates for major releases, which users can enable or disable themselves.
- Improvements to the block editor layouts for greater flexibility and more beautiful designs.
- Easier video captioning and subtitles.
- A new built-in plugin that enhances your site’s accessibility.
- Application Passwords for REST API authentication.
- Support for PHP 8.
- The latest jQuery major update.
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Meanwhile, WordPress 5.7 development already kicked off, with Matt Mullenweg leading the way towards full site editing implementation in 2021.
Matt Mullenweg’s annual State of the Word address was hosted virtually this year. It was a new edition to the list of many firsts we have seen in 2020. Matt Mullenweg recognized that how 2020 taught us to work together while being apart. He discussed the successes of the year and what’s to come. There was also a live Q&A session where he answered the pre-submitted questions of the community members. In an incredibly difficult year, it was the power of the WordPress community that made it possible to put out three major releases.
WordPress now powers 39% of the entire internet!
Just wow. Only this year, the percentage grew by 5%. Mullenweg justified the causes of this growth: the lockdown, eCommerce, and economic uncertainty of these times.
The key points of the discussion were followed by a Q&A session, where Mullenweg answered the community’s questions. The topics included WordPress’ multilingual capabilities, the progress of the development phases, and upcoming roadmaps.
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That sums up our January 2021 WordPress news roundup. Anything we missed?
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