What’s Coming in WordPress 5.4
WordPress 5.4 is planned to be released soon and will be the first major release of the year with some significant improvements. We've been keeping an eye on the development and the new features that are on the way to improve the block editor. In this video, we'll show you what's coming in WordPress 5.4 so you can be prepared and use the new features to your advantage.
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The features that are being focused on with this update are for the block editor by adding new features and extending the existing blocks that are available. To get it started, there will be a new welcome guide popup to introduce users to the block editor that explains blocks, points them to how to get to the block library and a link to a tutorial about the block editor.
One popular block that people wanted was the Social block that allows you to easily include links to your social media profiles inside your WordPress posts and pages. This will let you link toward your social profiles but if you wanted users to share your posts then you would still need a social plugin. For adding a social share button to your post/page you would want to take a look at our list of recommended social plugins here:
The button block has been updated and renamed to buttons (plural) and added the ability to add multiple buttons together where you have different gradients and background colors as well.
More color options have been added to all blocks to give customizations for your different blocks for your background colors and text colors. This includes the text block as well as the columns block.
For some updates for quality of life, WordPress has returned the drag and drop interface to allow you to easily drop the image you want to be set for the featured image on your post. If you highlight a part of the text to select it you should be able to use the dropdown arrow and add a text color to that specific text as you were able to previously with the classic editor.
Tables have added a caption section to give your users a section beneath the table where you can add any notes about your specific table that users should know about. Galleries have included a built-in image size selector to give the power to select the image size and the mobile editor now has the editing toolbar at the top of the window.
Back to new features, The latest post block has been given tools to display images and other helpful information instead of only the title. The editor has added the option to select the blocks you want to change to help reduce issues with nested blocks. Finally, for users who enjoy TikTok, a built-in embedder has been added to the available blocks.
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