WordPress 5.3 “Kirk” – Time to Upgrade

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WordPress 5.3

WordPress has updated again with new features and tons of fixes to the block editing experience. The latest release is WordPress 5.3 with a focus on accessibility and the editor. In addition to this, there are hundreds of fixes to little WordPress problems that needed to be addressed

WordPress 5.3 was released on November 12, and is available for download or update in your dashboard! The nickname is “Kirk and if you are wondering why its because each release of WordPress is named after a famous Jazz musician.

WordPress 5.3 Highlights

  • 50 updates related to Accessibility in 5.3 – this is a big win!
  • A new default theme named: Twenty-Twenty. This new theme gives users more design flexibility and integrates with the block editor.
  • The Block Editor, also known as Gutenberg has also received significant changes and fixes which were needed.
  • The block editor now show a preview and short description of the block you are using.
  • WordPress 5.3 now supports PHP 7.4
  • Improvements to speed and performance
  • Site Health received a new admin verification to make sure the correct emails are being used for admins

Updating WordPress can be daunting and sometimes scary if you have ever updated and just seen a white screen on your business page in the end.

Please Note: Make sure to always take a full backup of your WordPress website before clicking the update button.

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WordPress Website Maintenance Support

With a website maintenance plan, we’ll ensure your shiny new website continues to perform well for you and your users. You’ll save money in the long term and protect your current investment by doing ongoing maintenance, backups, testing, and improvements.

It means you won’t have to do a major ground-up redesign of your site because it will never fall out of date.

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John Bunka - Simplex Studios

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