Top 5 Exciting Features that New WordPress Brings to Your Site
WordPress 5.7 was 2021’s biggest release so far. It packs in some of the most amazing features released so far. Not only will you see significant performance improvements but also some really cool stuff that wasn’t possible with older versions.
In this blog, we will look through top 5 improvements/features that make 2021’s WordPress experience stand out. If this sounds exciting, let’s dive in.
Top 5 New Features of WordPress
With every new release, WordPress has been setting new standards for performance and usability features. WordPress 5.7 isn’t an exception. Here are top 5 features it offers right out of the box.
Seamlessly Upgrade from HTTP to HTTPS:
When you migrate your website from HTTP to HTTPS, fixing hard-coded HTTP URLs manually (to avoid mixed content warnings) is one of the most daunting tasks. However, with WordPress 5.7, this transition becomes just seamless. With just one click, you will be able to update database URLs automatically to HTTPS thereby preventing any mixed content warnings.
You can find this feature in the Tools > Site Health page. If your site is HTTPS compatible and yet not using it by default, you will see an option to ‘Update your site to use HTTPS’ in the status tab of your site health. Clicking on it will fix everything for you in a matter of seconds.
One of the most prominent optimization techniques, Lazy-loading defers loading non-critical resources until they reach the user’s viewport (a polygonal (normally rectangular) area in computer graphics that is currently being viewed). Lazy-loading was first introduced in WordPress 5.5 and has been extended to iframe tags since 5.7.
This means WordPress will add a loading=”lazy” attribute to iframe tags when both the width and height are specified.
Auto-Update Your Themes and Plugins
Old and outdated plugins/themes have the highest chances of being exploited by unethical hackers who are out there trying to access your most critical data. However, WordPress 5.7’s auto-update feature takes your site’s security several notches above ordinary by ensuring your entire site remains up to date all the time.
Auto-updating themes and plugins will not only improve your site’s security but also enhance its performance and speed. Time to bid adieu the tedious task of updating each plugin and theme manually.
New Robots API
This one is especially helpful for developers. The robots meta-tag is used to control how web pages should be indexed by search engines. WordPress 5.7 brings with it a new Robots API that enables developers to add their custom directives to the robots meta tag.
By default, the new Robots API includes max-image-preview: large directive. If configured correctly, search engines will show bigger image previews of your website and will eventually boost your web traffic.
Seamless Password Reset Experience
With WordPress 5.7, you will notice there are quite a few improvements to the login and registration feature. For instance, the reset password screen now allows users to generate a new password as well as save it in the browser.
This small but subtle change will go a long way in improving the overall signup or login experience for all the users from admins to other visitors.
Being one of the biggest updates of the year, WordPress 5.7 brings with it a whole lot of new features. If you haven’t upgraded to the latest version of WordPress yet, now would be the right time to do so. In case you’re facing any challenges while transitioning to the latest WordPress, let us know. We will be happy to help.
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