WordPress 5.5 “Eckstine”: What’s New and How to Update

WordPress 5.5 “Eckstine” is here. In this latest version of WordPress, your site gets new power in 3 major areas: Speed, Search & Security .

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Lets take a quick look at what you will expect in this major areas.

Speed:

Pages and Posts feel faster thanks to lazy loaded images.

Search:

A sitemap is included that helps search engines discover your posts and pages.

Security:

You can set plugins and themes to update automatically or not. You can also set the update for specific plugin or theme. There is option to also update by uploading Zip files.

The Block Editor

This update also comes with new features for the block editor such as Block patterns, Inline image editing, New block directory and so much more.

For Developers

  • WordPress now have a standardize way to define a site’s environment type(Staging, production etc)
  •  The addition of block types endpoints. JavaScript apps like the block editor can retrieve definitions for any blocks registered on the server.
  • The Dashicons library has received its final update in 5.5. 39 block editor icons has been added along with 26 others.
  • The PHPMailer library just got a major update, going from version 5.2.27 to 6.1.6.

There is a lot more for developers in WordPress 5.5. You can find out more in the WordPress 5.5 field guide.

How to Update to WordPress 5.4

From your wordpress admin, You should get a notice on your WordPress site that says WordPress 5. 5 is available! please update now.

You can click on  “please update now” to go to the update page.

Alternative you can get to the update page from Dashboard >> Updates

From the WordPress Update page, you can see the updates available for your websites.

To begin updating your WordPress to 5.5, click on “update now”.

It is recommended you make a backup of your website files and database before you update. But the chance of breaking your website without a backup when you update is really low.  So you can take a chance if you want.

You can also check: How to backup your website from Cpanel Softaculous


Once you click on the update now, wait for WordPress to complete the update. If successful, you will get to the WordPress about page.

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