Yesterday, i.e. on 10 March, the latest version of the WordPress 5.7. And, as with previous versions, the authors continue to move consistently towards improving Gutenberg, the native editor that appeared in version 5.0.

However, that's not all. If for various reasons you have to use plugins like Really Simple SSL on your hosting accounts, it seems that you will be able to say goodbye to this extension saddening its creators.

I love scenarios that get rid of another plug 😀 Let's start with Gutenberg though.

New features in the Gutenberg block editor

Gutenberg fixes and enhancements to version 10.1 were implemented in WordPress 5.7, which sounds good.

Vertical arrangement (variants)

This functionality originally appeared in Gutenberg 9.4, and yesterday it also came aboard WordPress 5.7.

From the point of view of the person editing the page content, you can now decide, for example, on the layout of the buttons. You probably remember that Gutenberg allows you to create buttons side by side. The new feature is that they can also be arranged in portrait orientation.

Block variants - WordPress 5.7

Drag and drop

I've caught myself more than once trying to grab the Gutenberg block icon and drag it into the workspace. It's a habit from Elementor, and I've been longing to see when it would come to the native WordPress editor. It's finally here!

Gutenberg and drag-and-drop block placement

You can grab the desired block from the list with the mouse and drag it exactly where you want to place it. Important note: this also works for patterns! Thanks to this, working with a page where you simultaneously use a builder such as Elementor and from Gutenberg, will be much more enjoyable.

Modification of typography

As of the latest version of WordPress 5.7, it is possible to modify typography slightly. Simply select a header block, paragraph or other text block to enable size modification.

Modification of typography

Social media icons

There are additional configurations for social icons. You can change the styling, size and also set your own colour scheme.

Additional styling of the social icons block

Block cover

WordPress 5.7 introduces a new full height alignment component. It was first added to the block editor in Gutenberg 9.5 and is now merged with Core WordPress and implemented in a block called Cover.

New component for the cover block

These are the most significant, in my opinion, new features regarding working with the block editor, but of course these are not all the changes in WordPress 5.7.

Cosmetic modifications such as a blue line indicating that a block can be placed here, I'll give myself and you 🙂

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Migration from HTTP to HTTPS

The new feature will probably please a lot of people. Pawel has already mentioned it on HelloWP 🙂 .

The new feature allows you to switch from a website that works on HTTP to a website that uses HTTPS, i.e. an SSL Certificate, with a single click. How does it work?

WordPress detects whether the site environment supports HTTPS. If it does, then the HTTPS Status section of the Site Status tool is enhanced with a button that allows you to switch the page from HTTP to HTTPS with a single click. The content is migrated on the fly, so you won't encounter any warnings about mixed content.

Admittedly, today it is increasingly rare to find installations that do not use an SSL certificate, as most hosting accounts for WordPress allows you to immediately run your site on HTTPS, but there are times when this is not the case and this tool will save you a lot of work. Until now, beginners had to reach for more plugins to deal with HTTPS on their own, but now you can get rid of them and take an unnecessary burden off WordPress. I don't know about you, but for me this is great news 🙂 .

Lazy loading of iframes

Lazy loading, or delayed loading, is an optimization technique that defers downloading non-critical resources until they are in the view area. Delay loading images and embedded resources are not downloaded and rendered until they are actually needed. This can improve site performance, especially for pages containing images and videos.

Previously, WordPress users were forced to use a plugin to achieve this effect, but as delayed loading has become standard, images and iframes can be loaded by adding the loading = "lazy" attribute to the img and iframe tags.

Starting with WordPress 5.5 introduced lazy loading of native images in Core, by automatically adding the loading = "lazy" attribute to img tags with width and height parameters.

As of WordPress 5.7, lazy loading has also been extended to iframe tags.

Possibility to generate a password reset from the WP panel

If a situation occurs when your client writes to you with a request to reset his password because he does not know how to initiate such a process on his own, you can do it by going to the users list. You select the user and from the list of mass actions you choose the option "Send a link to reset the password". As a result, a message will be sent to the email address specified in the user's profile with a link to a page that allows you to reset the password.

Here you can initiate an email with a link to reset your password.

Seemingly a small thing, but if you run a shop or other site where users register, you will appreciate the new option after some time 🙂

Along with this came the ability to use a password generator on the password change page. Use strong passwords and keep your customers informed.

Amount of operating memory per process

The WP_MEMORY_LIMIT parameter specifies the amount of RAM that WordPress PHP processes can use. The default is 40 MB.

Previously this information was not in the "Site Status" section, but as of WordPress 5.7 it is and you can quickly check if you have the default value set or if the amount of available memory is modified. Don't confuse this with the php_memory_limit parameter in the PHP interpreter configuration on your server.

WordPress 5.7 I WP_MEMORY_LIMIT in the Site Status section

Summary

In addition to these new features, there are others, but mostly aimed at the developer community who work on plugins and themes.

We continue to see growth and more and more improvements and new capabilities that WordPress is gifting us with. This is an important indicator of the health of this content management system, especially for those who are building or just planning to build their business on WordPress.

It's just a foretaste of what we can expect later in 2021 🙂

Increasingly, I'm seeing a Gutenberg-related trend in that many fans of builders like Elementor decides to completely rebuild its sites based on Gutenberg alone!

This is undoubtedly much easier than it was a year ago, but this is not the main reason for these decisions. Instead, it is to improve the quality of the site and the indicators Web Vitalis with which, at least for the time being, Gutenberg is doing better, and of the builders Oxygen.

However, this doesn't mean that Elementor pages can't be optimised, yes they can and you don't necessarily need to hire specialists to do it "Google PageSpeed 100/100". It just comes easier for Guttenberg.

In my opinion, if the creators of Elementor do not make clear improvements in the field of the structure of the generated code, the number of people abandoning this tool may start to increase dramatically, especially that in a year's time Gutenberg will certainly be able to do even more than today.

When the possibilities go hand in hand with the quality and performance of the site you cannot expect any other scenario. The creators of Elementor understand this very well and, as we know, they are already working on changes in this area. Whether they will ultimately affect the quality of the site and whether they will manage to retain users, I do not know at the moment.

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