WordPress version 5.5 “Eckstine” has been released publicly on August 11, 2020. This version has introduced Auto-Updates For Plugins and Themes along with few other major features.
List of Features & Changes in WordPress 5.5:
- Auto-updates for Plugins and Themes
- Update plugins and themes manually by simply uploading ZIP files
- Block patterns (create and use prebuilt layouts using combinations of text and media)
- The new block directory to search blocks in the editor
- Added Built-in XML Sitemaps
- Improved speed (especially via lazy-loaded images).
- Inline image editing (crop, rotate, and zoom)
- Device previews to check on different screen sizes
- Added backgrounds and gradients to multiple blocks
- Improvement in Accessibility and Keyboard shortcuts in Editor
- jQuery Migrate library removed
- Upload External Images with a single click (If an image is present in the editor)
- New Icons added in Dashicons library