Software update: WordPress 5.1




Version 5.1 of WordPress has been released. With this program, which is made available under a gpl license, it is possible to set up and maintain a website or blog. WordPress is easy to set up and can run within five minutes if a server with php and MySQL is already available. There are possibilities to extend the functionality of WordPress with plug-ins and to adjust the appearance with themes .

In version 5.0 a completely new editor has been introduced and a new standard theme has been introduced. The old editor is still present and now bears the name classic editor . In version 5.1, the sharp edge has also been removed and must now also perform slightly better.

A Little Better Every Day
Version 5.1 or WordPress, named “Betty” in honorable or acclaimed jazz vocalist Betty Carter, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard.

Following WordPress 5.0 – a major release which is the new block editor – 5.1 focuses on polish, in particular by improving the overall performance of the editor. In addition, this release paves the way for a better, faster, and more secure WordPress with some essential tools for site administrators and developers.

Site Health
With security and speed in mind, WordPress’s first release introduces Site Health features. WordPress will start showing notices to administrators or sites that run long-outdated versions of PHP, which is the programming language that powers WordPress.

When you install new plugins, WordPress’s Site Health features will check them for the version of PHP you’re running. If the plugin requires a version that does not work with your site, WordPress will keep you from installing that plugin.

Editor Performance
Introduced in WordPress 5.0, the new block editor continues to improve. Most significantly, WordPress 5.1 includes solid performance improvements within the editor. The editor should be a little quicker to start, and typing should feel smoother.

Expect more performance improvements in the next couple of releases.

Developer Happiness
Multisite Metadata
5.1 introduces a new database table to store metadata associated with sites and allows for the storage of arbitrary site data relevant in a multisite / network context.

Cron API
The Cron API has been updated with new functions to assist with returning data and includes new filters for modifying cron storage. Other changes in behavior affect cron spawning on servers running FastCGI and PHP-FPM versions 7.0.16 and above.

New JS Build Processes
WordPress 5.1 features a new JavaScript build option, following the large reorganization of code that started in the 5.0 release.

Other Developer Goodness
Miscellaneous improvements include:

Updates to values ​​for the WP_DEBUG_LOG constant
New test config file constant in the test suite, new plugin action hooks
Short-circuit filters for wp_unique_post_slug() , WP_User_Query , and count_users()
A new human_readable_duration function
Improved taxonomy metabox sanitization
Limited LIKE support for meta keys when using WP_Meta_Query
A new “doing it wrong” notice when registering REST API endpoints
… and more!

WordPress Gutenberg-layout (620 pix)

Version number 5.1
Release status Final
Operating systems Script language
File size 10.99MB
License type Conditions (GNU / BSD / etc.)


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