WordPress provides an amazing way of creating websites and blogs. More than 34% of the websites are built using WordPress. So, it can be said that this popular content management system (CMS) is famous for developing blogging sites and websites. Today, WordPress has proudly brought the most supportive and useful blogging community on the web. Thousands of sites (news, updates, resources, training, tutorials— the list is endless) exists which inherit and make use of WordPress.
WordPress can be defined as an open-source CMS that has been licensed under GPLv2. This means anyone has the right to use as well as modify the WordPress software for free. This can be considered as a tool that makes the life of content publishers easy to manage an essential portion of the website like website content, multimedia in web pages without having prior knowledge of web programming. The ultimate result is that WordPress helps in developing and creating a website handy for anyone – without even people with the skill set of a developer.
WordPress is considered to be the most popular content management system due to its characteristics.
- The most important features of WordPress are that you can create a dynamic website without any programming and design knowledge.
- WordPress is theme-based, which provides you options for various open-source and premium design themes, which can be integrated easily without any designing knowledge.
- Plugins extend the functionality of WordPress, which can be used to add new required modules.
- WordPress sites are search-engine-optimisation-(SEO)-friendly, this means sites built with WordPress can be easily optimised for search engine listings.
- WordPress is Multilingual-friendly, which allows users to translate content in their language.
- WordPress has a built-in Media Management System, which is used to manage images, music, documents, etc. and can be used with text content.
- WordPress is free and an open-source platform under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
- Design themes customisation in WordPress is straightforward.
- It allows you to manage users with different roles and permissions.
- WordPress media management is quick and easy to use.
- WordPress provides WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor to manage your text content, which is very useful for manipulating the layout of the document.
WordPress Kirk (5.3) was released a bit over a month ago. The first patch 5.3.1 was released last week and the second WordPress 5.3.2 just yesterday.
WordPress 5.3 “Kirk” expands and refines the block editor with more intuitive interactions and improved accessibility. New features in the editor increase design freedoms, provide additional layout options and style variations to allow designers more control over the look of a site.
This release also introduces the Twenty Twenty theme giving the user more design flexibility and integration with the block editor. Creating beautiful web pages and advanced layouts has never been easier.
This enhancement-focused update introduces over 150 new features and usability improvements, including improved large image support for uploading non-optimised, high-resolution pictures taken from your smartphone or other high-quality cameras. Combined with larger default image sizes, pictures always look their best.
Accessibility improvements include the integration of block editor styles in the admin interface. These improved styles fix many accessibility issues: color contrast on form fields and buttons, consistency between editor and admin interfaces, new snack-bar notices, standardising to the default WordPress color scheme, and the introduction of Motion to make interacting with your blocks feel swift and natural.
For people who use a keyboard to navigate the dashboard, the block editor now has a Navigation mode. This lets you jump from block to block without tabbing through every part of the block controls.
Images will be correctly rotated upon upload according to the embedded orientation data. This feature was first proposed nine years ago and made possible through the perseverance of many dedicated contributors.
The improvements introduced in 5.3 make it even easier to identify issues. Expanded recommendations highlight areas that may need troubleshooting on your site from the Health Check screen.
Admins will now be periodically asked to confirm that their admin email address is up-to-date when logging in as an administrator. This reduces the chance of getting locked out of your site if an admin changes their email address.
Developers can now work with dates and timezones in a more reliable way. Date and time functionality has received a number of new API functions for unified timezone retrieval and PHP interoperability, as well as many bug fixes.
WordPress 5.3 aims to fully support PHP 7.4. This release contains multiple changes to remove deprecated functionality and ensure compatibility. WordPress continues to encourage all users to run the latest and greatest versions of PHP.
The first patch of PHP 7.4 was released yesterday. This is a security release which also contains several bug fixes, one of which is
is_file() failing to detect a file.