WordPress 5.3 named Kirk is available to download or update in your dashboard. It comes with block editor improvements, expanded design flexibility, new theme, and other new exciting features.
WordPress has been released on 12 November by Matt Mullenweg, Francesca Marano, and David Baumwald. The most prominent feature of this release is the expansion of the block editor. It gives more interaction and accessibility to the user, as well as providing more improvements in the design. It has additional layout options and style variations to give designers more control over the look of a site.
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Usability and accessibility improvements
Block Editor improvements include updates introducing over 150 new features. In order to augment usability, it comes with improved large image support for uploading non-optimized, high-resolution pictures taken from your smartphone or other high-quality cameras.
On the accessibility improvements side, styles fix many accessibility issues: color contrast on form fields and buttons, consistency between editor and admin interfaces, new snack bar notices, standardizing to the default WordPress color scheme, and the introduction of Motion to make interacting with your blocks feel swifter and more natural.
From now on, the block editor has a Navigation mode that allows jumping from block to block without tabbing through every part of the block controls.
With its expanded design flexibility, by using the new Group block, it is easy to divide the page into colorful sections. Also, the columns block has support to fixed column widths. With the new predefined layouts, to arrange content into advanced designs is getting easy. User has also additional style options.
New theme “Twenty Twenty”
In addition to these features, the Twenty Twenty theme of WordPress 5.3 also has design flexibility and interaction with the block editor. It means to create web pages more easily. The Twenty Twenty theme was designed by Rasmus Andersson is focused on clarity and readability.
It comes with automatic image rotation, improved Site Health Checks, Admin Email Verification for everyone. Essentially for developers, WordPress 5.3 aims to fully support PHP 7.4. Moreover, developers can work with dates and timezones in a more reliable way.
Download: WordPress 5.3
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