What are New Features & Changes in WordPress 5.5?

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