What’s new in WordPress 5.6? New Features and Changes
WordPress 5.6 was released on December 8, 2020. Now you can update to WordPress 5.6, and here's what's changing in WordPress 5.6, as well as what's new and changed.
WordPress 5.6 Release Date
WordPress 5.6 was released on December 8, 2020.
The development cycle for WordPress 5.6 was scheduled as follows.
|October 20, 2020||Beta 1|
|October 27, 2020||Beta 2|
|November 2, 2020||Beta 3|
|November 12, 2020||Beta 4|
|November 17, 2020||Release Candidate (RC) 1|
|December 1, 2020||Release Candidate (RC) 2|
|December 7, 2020||Dry run for release|
|December 8, 2020||Release|
Check out the release status of the other versions in the following articles.
WordPress 5.6 Codename
The WordPress codename is named after a jazz musician.
WordPress 5.6 was code-named Simone, after the American jazz musician Nina Simone.
Nina Simone – YouTube
Server requirements for WordPress 5.6
The following requirements apply to run WordPress 5.6.
- PHP 7.4 or greater
- MySQL 5.6 or MariaDB 10.1 or greater
- Apache or Nginx
How to get WordPress 5.6
WordPress 5.6 available on the download page.
Please refer to the article below on how to download WordPress.
How to try WordPress 5.6 beta?
To try out the beta version of WordPress, install the WordPress Beta Tester plugin.
The Beta version may be subject to database structure updates during development. It is not always possible to downgrade.
Do not use it on the site you are operating. Please prepare a local environment.
How to update WordPress 5.6
To update to WordPress 5.6, click the Update Now button on the Update page of your dashboard.
Be sure to back up your files and database before a major update.
You will be in maintenance mode during the update.
New features and changes in WordPress 5.6
WordPress 5.6 has the following new features and changes.
It is now possible to adjust the position of the video in the cover block. Previously, only images were available.
Repeated background has been added to the media settings.
Tracks can be subtitles, captions, chapters, or descriptions. They help make your content more accessible to a wider range of users.
Blocks are now easier to move by dragging.
Convert to Columns blocks
Converts selected blocks into column blocks.
Character count display
The number of characters is now displayed.
Optional items have been added.
- Reduce the interface
- Spotlight Mode
- Display button labels
- Use theme styles
New Block Pattern
New block patterns have been added.
A block pattern for overlapping images is also available.
New default theme
TwentyTwenty-One has been added; it’s now the default theme for WordPress 5.6.
Here’s an example of a post page with the title, text, and image.
Automatic updating of major releases
Major WordPress releases can now be updated automatically.
Support for PHP 8
PHP 8 will be released before WordPress 5.6 is released.
WordPress 5.6 has been developed to support PHP8. Make sure that your theme and plugins are compatible with PHP8 beforehand.
Application password for REST API authentication
WordPress 5.6 will introduce application passwords.
Application passwords are user specific. You can grant or revoke access to a specific user.
Upgrade the jQuery version of WordPress included in the package.
WordPress 5.6 ships with “jQuery v3.5.1”; in WordPress 5.5 it was “jQuery v1.12.4”.
The upgrade of jQuery in WordPress 5.6 is described in the following article.
WordPress has improved its accessibility with each release. WordPress 5.6 has similar accessibility fixes and enhancements as well.
Others have also seen this article.