History of WordPress

The Untold History of WordPress Version From (2003 to 2021)

As a WordPress enthusiast, you should have a clear idea about the History of WordPress. In this blog, we’ll share a brief story of WordPress from the first release to the present.

The story began in 2002 when college student Matt Mullenweg installed the fork of b2/cafelog blogging system for his personal use. Unfortunately, its main developers abandoned the task of updating b2 for some personal reasons. And the project became leaderless.

However, on April 1, 2003, Matt determined to launch his own blogging system with the help of Mike Little. Mullenweg’s friend Christine Selleck Tremoulet suggested the name ‘WordPress‘ of the new blogging system.

At last, on 27 May 2003, WordPress appeared first with a joint effort of Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Their dream was WordPress would be more famous than b2/cafelog. And their wishes have been fulfilled. WordPress is currently one of the top content management systems (CMS) software in the world.

More than 40% of the world’s website is made with WordPress.

They never even imagined that their work would one day benefit billions of users around the world. And create job opportunities for billions of people, especially the young generation. Since 2003, WordPress has been coming up with new versions for its users.

Let us know about the WordPress version history from the beginning till now.

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History of WordPress Version (0.7 to 5.7)

It is difficult to mention all WordPress release history here. Today, we will cover the popular WordPress releases and improvements to suit your needs. An important fact is that WordPress developers have named popular versions of WordPress in honor of Jazz Musicians.

Check out the following table of WordPress releases that we’ll cover in this blog:

NameVersionRelease Date
N/AWordPress 0.7May 27, 2003
DavisWordPress 1.0January 3, 2004
MingusWordPress 1.2May 22, 2004
StrayhornWordPress 1.5February 17, 2005
DukeWordPress 2.0December 31, 2005
EllaWordPress 2.1January 22, 2007
GetzWordPress 2.2May 16, 2007
DexterWordPress 2.3September 25, 2007
BreckerWordPress 2.5March 29, 2008
TynerWordPress 2.6July 15, 2008
ColtraneWordPress 2.7December 11, 2008
BakerWordPress 2.8June 11, 2009
CarmenWordPress 2.9December 19, 2009
TheloniousWordPress 3.0June 17, 2010
ReinhardtWordPress 3.1February 23, 2011
GershwinWordPress 3.2July 4, 2011
SonnyWordPress 3.3December 12, 2011
GreenWordPress 3.4June 13, 2012
ElvinWordPress 3.5December 11, 2012
OscarWordPress 3.6August 1, 2013
BasieWordPress 3.7October 24, 2013
ParkerWordPress 3.8December 12, 2013
SmithWordPress 3.9April 16, 2014
BennyWordPress 4.0September 4, 2014
DinahWordPress 4.1December 18, 2014
PowellWordPress 4.2April 23, 2015
BillieWordPress 4.3August 18, 2015
CliffordWordPress 4.4December 8, 2015
ColemanWordPress 4.5April 12, 2016
PepperWordPress 4.6August 16, 2016
VaughanWordPress 4.7December 6, 2016
EvansWordPress 4.8June 8, 2017
TiptonWordPress 4.9November 16, 2017
BeboWordPress 5.0December 6, 2018
BettyWordPress 5.1February 21, 2019
JacoWordPress 5.2May 7, 2019
KirkWordPress 5.3November 12, 2019
AdderleyWordPress 5.4March 31, 2020
EckstineWordPress 5.5August 11, 2020
SimoneWordPress 5.6December 8, 2020
EsperanzaWordPress 5.7March 9, 2021

Let’s get started:

WordPress 0.7 to 1.5

WordPress Version 0.7 to 1.5

The earliest versions of WordPress were 0.7 to 1.5. Most importantly, WordPress came up with 4 main releases. In those releases, the developers set their sights on delivering a new and improved admin interface.

They also enhanced templates to create different style pages and a straightforward user experience. Additionally, these releases upgraded the comment addition tool, a complete theme system, a dashboard, and much more.

Let’s jump into WordPress 0.7.

Version 0.7

The first version of WordPress was released On May 27, 2003. The new platform was well-received by all.

Here is a brief overview of the new features that WordPress first introduced.

This version included:-

Texturize: Texturize (wptexturize ()) is a text filter that allows you to modify published texts or comments for better readability and visual appeal.

New Admin Interface: WordPress developers made it simple and restructured everything from the ground up to a fully loyal XHTML/CSS interface.

WordPress Links: A link manager with everything you could expect from an effective bookmarklet, starting with the support of weblogs.com.

XHTML 1.1: WordPress came with XHTML values ​​up to 1.1, although it sent a 1.0 document type by default to avoid compatibility issues.

Highly Intelligent Line Breaks: This brand new function added line breaks except where there was already a block-level tag or another line break.

Manual Excerpts: This allowed you to handcraft summaries of your posts in your RSS feeds and other places.

New Default Templates: The developers streamlined new templates to standard XHTML and CSS, which are easy to understand. For that reason, there is no CSS hack insight now.

For more information regarding this release, you can check out this blog WordPress 0.7.

Davis – WordPress 1.0

WordPress Version 1.0 was released on January 3, 2004. It was named after American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Dewey Davis III. That’s why it was also known as the Davis version.

Matt made a big step on this WordPress release. From here, he included the Hello Dolly demo post in each of the following releases.

There were some other changes also in this version. Here they were..

  • Multiple Post Categories
  • TrackBack on the Edit 
  • New & Fast Posting Interface 
  • Simple Installation Process 
  • Better Comment Moderation 
  • XFN Support
  • Additional Template Tags 
  • Movable Type and Textpattern Import Tools
  • Atom Support
  • SEO Optimized Permalinks
  • New OPML Import Support
  • Codebase Improvements
  • User-friendly Admin Interface
  • Store XML Feed URIs with Your Links
  • Add Users From the Admin Page
  • Easy Clean-Up Structure and Naming Scheme
  • Edit Page and Comment

Want to know more about this? You can see WordPress 1.0 “Davis”.

Mingus – WordPress 1.2

On May 22, 2004, WordPress 1.2 was released. It was named in honor of Charles Mingus. This version made many important changes. So, the notable update of this release was the introduction of the ‘Plugin‘.

Additional features in this version were.. 

  • Include Security Improvement
  • OPML Export and Import
  • New Plugin Architecture
  • Add Sub-categories
  • Localization of WordPress and Unicode Support
  • Encrypted Passwords
  • Post Previews Option
  • Auto Thumbnail Creator 
  • Better Comment Moderation Plus RSS 
  • RSS and LiveJournal Importers
  • Unlimited Update Services
  • Directory Flexibility

Give a check this blog to learn more about WordPress 1.2 “Mingus”.

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Strayhorn – WordPress 1.5

On February 17, 2005, WordPress released its 1.5 version. It gave us a complete theme system and dashboard. Firstly, it added the ability to manage static pages so that we can create websites.

Secondly, the comment addition tool was improved a lot to this version. In addition, a new default theme ‘Kubrick’ which designed by Michael Heilemann was added to this version.

If you want to know more, you can see this handy blog WordPress 1.5 “Strayhorn”.

WordPress 2.0 to 2.9

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WordPress had come up with 10 big releases between 2.0 and 2.9. Similarly, these releases greatly improved the dashboard and worked on WordPress speed.

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The following releases included themes, widgets, tax departments, and overall speed improvements. On the other hand, a new “Press This” tool had been added. Also, you could restore accidentally deleted posts by the Global undo/”trash” feature.

One by one release details are given below.

Duke – WordPress 2.0

On December 31, 2005, WordPress 2.0 was released. Edward Kennedy Duke Ellington, the author of Jazz orchestra and bandleader, inspired this version of WordPress. Hence, it was named after him. His inspiration has led to a variety of improvements in WordPress.

That Included..

  • Rich Editing 
  • Spam and Backup plugins 
  • Better Administration Tools 
  • Image Uploading Option
  • Fast Posting 
  • WYSIWYG Editing 
  • Post Preview 
  • Header Customization 
  • User Roles
  • Quick Import System

Changes For Developers

User Level Options: You can save options at each user level instead of applying for a full blog.

Theme Functions: Themes can now include a function.php file that will now load like a plugin attached to the theme.

Improve Abstraction: The whole program has been further streamlined by removing most SQL queries from the code and transferring them to classes and activities.

Theme Preview Images: You can now include a screenshot of the theme with the download.

Built-in Caching: WordPress includes a fully pluggable object cache system that cuts the number of queries that halves most pages.

Import Framework: The new import structure lets you create importers with one-third of the code you need.

Also, this release has fixed hundreds of bugs. Since then, WordPress users could add tags and categories to posts inside the post editor.

For more info, give a check this blog WordPress 2.0 “Duke”.

Ella – WordPress 2.1

WordPress released its 2.1 version on January 22, 2007.

The most important developments were…

  • Autosave protected your posts from being lost
  • The comments feed included all comments. But before, only the last 10 were included
  • Spell checker that protected your writing from spelling mistakes
  • Search engine privacy
  • A redesigned interface
  • The security plugin Akismet has been included in the new version
  • New WP_Eroor has been added to this version. It will clear you how to change and manage errors

This came with a more clean code than version 2.0. That’s why developers loved this release.

Here is an article that can assist you in learning WordPress 2.1 “Ella”.

Getz – WordPress 2.2

It was released On 16th May 2007. This version is named in honor of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz. He is also known as “The Sound” for his warm, lyrical, and mellow tones.

This version didn’t bring much change. Most notably, it gave us Widgets integration. Widgets let you easily customize your weblog sidebars with drag and drop simplicity. This functionality of widgets was originally available as a plugin. However, widgets were included in the original code by default and were enabled for default themes.

This release also added…

  • Full Atom Support
  • Infiniti Comment Stream
  • New Blogger Importer 
  • Speed Optimizations

Read this blog and gather more information on WordPress 2.2 “Getz”.

Dexter – WordPress 2.3

This version was released On September 25, 2007. It was the last release in 2007. Similarly, it appeared with some additional features for the users and developers.

Features included..

  • Native Tagging Support
  • New Taxonomy System
  • Exclusive Pending Review Feature
  • URL Handling Improvements
  • Plugin Update Notification 
  • Advance WYSIWYG Function 

For Developers

  • Full and Completed Atom 1.0 Support
  • New jQuery which was 800% faster now
  • Using hooks and filters, developers could override the update system, dashboard RSS feeds, feed parser, and more than version 2.2
  • The new $wpdb->prepare() way of doing SQL queries

Check this blog to learn more about WordPress 2.3 “Dexter”.

Brecker – WordPress 2.5

Version 2.5 was released On March 29, 2008. Above all, the most important includes in this version were cleaner, faster, less cluttered dashboard.

Significantly included features were..

  • Dashboard Widgets 
  • Search Posts and Pages 
  • EXIF Extraction 
  • Friendlier Visual Post Editor 
  • Tag Management 
  • Built-in Galleries
  • Password Strength Meter 
  • Multi-file Upload with a Progress Bar
  • Concurrent Editing Protection 
  • Few-clicks Plugin Upgrades (an improved plugin system)
  • Better Editor

For Developers

  • Salted Passwords 
  • Secure Cookies 
  • Simple Styles and URLs
  • Inline Documentation
  • Database optimization
  • Media Buttons
  • Shortcode API

Take look at this blog WordPress 2.5 “Brecker”, if you want to learn more.

Tyner – WordPress 2.6

Version 2.6 named after jazz pianist McCoy Tyner. It was released On 15th July 2008. This release added lots of small and big improvements.

They were..

New “Press This” Bookmark

You can add to your toolbar that provides a fast way to publish a link to a page or post from any website to your WordPress blog.

Theme Previews

Now when you select a theme, a window pops up showing the theme live with all its content, instead of activating it instantly on your site. On the other hand, this is ideal only for testing driving themes before making a public change. It is also useful when you are developing a theme and need to test it.

Shift Gears

Gears is a free source browser extension project started by Google. Moreover, that can be used to bring you features that you would not normally be able to. You can install Gears for Firefox or Internet Explorer with pending Safari and Opera support. However, WordPress works fine without it, you just get a few extra benefits when you install it.

Post Revisions

Certainly, if you made a mistake and want to go back to a previous version of a post, this works for any blog and is great for multi-author blogs. Where you’ll see every change that someone has tracked.

In addition, the version has some small improvements such as..

  • Word count
  • Image captions, so you can add sweet captions 
  • Bulk management of plugins 
  • Default avatars with proper customization
  • Drag-and-drop reordering of Galleries 
  • Complete revamped image control
  • Plugin update notification bubble 
  • Easy media uploading while in full-screen mode 
  • Able to move WP-config files and WP-content directories to a custom location for “clean” SVN checkouts 
  • Remote publishing via XML-RPC and APP is now secure
  • Full SSL support in the core and its security 
  • More powerful and faster versions of TinyMCE, jQuery, and jQuery UI

Check this blog for more info on WordPress 2.6 “Tyner”.

Coltrane – WordPress 2.7

The last release of 2008 was Version 2.7. It was released On December 11, 2008. The version was named after bebop and hard bop jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane.

The version included..

  • A new interface for the dashboard
  • The user role system
  • Added to its usability and look 
  • Automatic upgrades and installing plugins
  • The menu shifted from the top of the dashboard to the sidebar

Most importantly, this year WordPress received an award “Best of open source software awards “Collaboration” from Infoworld.

Here is a handy blog for you WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane”.

Baker – WordPress 2.8

WordPress 2.8 is the 1st WordPress update in 2009. It was named after American jazz trumpeter and vocalist Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker Jr. It was released On 11th June 2009.

This release came with..

  • CodePress editor 
  • Redesigned the widgets interface 
  • New Screen Options on every page

In the same vein, It was an improvement to themes, widgets, taxonomies, and overall speed” in a blog post.

For more info, give a quick check this blog WordPress 2.8 “Baker”.

Carmen – WordPress 2.9

Version 2.9 was released on December 19, 2009. It was named after one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century, and singer Carmen Mercedes McRae.

It included..

  • Global undo/”trash” feature 
  • Built-in image editor 
  • Easier video embeds 
  • Batch plugin updating 
  • Overall SEO on the platform is improved

Go with this amazing blog and find more info about WordPress 2.9 “Carmen”.

WordPress 3.0 to 3.9

WordPress Version 3.0 to 3.9

WordPress has also come up with 10 releases between 3.0 to 3.9

Mainly, the versions include 5 new default themes, respectively Twenty Ten, Twenty Eleven, Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen, and Twenty Fourteen.

Themes have the ability to place multiple rotating title images to highlight all your favorite images. It works great as the foundation of a CMS site. Also, focuses on your content with colorful, single-column designs designed for media-rich blogging.

The following WordPress versions have also added new theme APIs and multi-site functionality, admin bar, Twitter integration, strong password suggestions, editor improvements, and much more.

Dive into the versions below for details

Thelonious – WordPress 3.0

WordPress version 3.0 was welcomed by 17 June 2010 . It’s the thirteenth major release of WordPress.

This version is named in American jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk.

It offered..

Brand New Theme Twenty Ten:

Twenty Ten WordPress Theme
Twenty Ten WordPress Theme

Thelonious includes a new default theme called “Twenty Ten“. WordPress Twenty Ten theme is stylish, customizable, simple, and readable. Certainly, it includes stylesheets for print and the admin Visual Editor, special styles for posts in the “Asides” and “Gallery” categories.

On the other hand, Twenty Ten supports six widget areas (two in the sidebar, four in the footer). And, its new APIs allow to easily implement custom backgrounds, headers, short links, menu post types, and taxonomies.

The version also added..

  • Merged WordPress and WordPress MU
  • The new multi-site functionality
  • A new APIs for theme developers
  • A refreshed, lighter admin UI

For better understanding, you may check this article WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious”.

Reinhardt – WordPress 3.1

WordPress 3.1 is named in honor of the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. It was released On February 23, 2011.

The most notable addition was..

The Admin Bar: You can use it to access every page’s backend while logged in to your site and the post format is best interpreted as a Tumblr-like micro-blogging feature.

Internal Linking Abilities: This ability makes it easy to link to your existing posts and pages.

A Newly Streamlined Writing Interface: Creates an easy and fearless writing experience for new bloggers. To make that possible it hides the rarely used panels by default.

For Developers

New Post Formats support: This makes it easy for themes to create portable tumblelogs with different styling for different types of posts.

  • New CMS capabilities
  • A new network administration
  • An overhaul of the import and export system
  • The ability to perform advanced taxonomy and custom fields queries

Here, you can find more information about WordPress 3.1 “Reinhardt”.

Gershwin – WordPress 3.2

The version released On July 4, 2011. George Gershwin was an American composer, pianist, and painter who lent his name to WordPress version 3.2.

This Version was the fifteenth major release of WordPress. It was making WordPress faster and lighter.

Brand New Theme Twenty Eleven:

Twenty Eleven WordPress Theme
Twenty Eleven WordPress Theme

Twenty Eleven” new theme is sophisticated, lightweight, and adaptable. It brings a custom menu, header image, and background. Similarly, It has light or dark color schemes, custom link colors, and theme options available for three layout choices.

There’s a custom “Ephemera” widget to display your Aside, Link, Quote, or Status posts. Also, It includes styles for print and for the admin editor, support for featured images, and special styles for six different post formats.

The version also included.. 

Admin Bar: It has a few more shortcuts to the most used activities.

New Approve & Reply Feature: This feature speeds up your conversation management.

A Refreshing Dashboard Design: It makes the typography, design, and code powerful behind the admin.

Here is a quick guide on WordPress 3.2 “Gershwin” for you.

Sonny – WordPress 3.3

The greatest version of WordPress 3.3, named “Sonny” in honor of the great jazz saxophonist Edward Hammond Boatner Jr. has known professionally as Sonny Stitt.

This third major iteration has added..

Added to Significant Polish: The developers added significant polish around the new user experience, navigation, uploads, and imports.

Dashboard Experience: It surprisingly improved the dashboard experience on the iPad and other tablets with better touch support.

  • A new drag-and-drop uploader 
  • Co-editing support 
  • A new Tumblr importer
  • Hover menus for navigation 
  • The new toolbar 

For Developers

  • Improved the new editor API for developers
  • A newer version of JQuery
  • Better access to the help screen
  • Performance has also improved post-slag-cable permalinks, codecs, and tracks

If you want to know more, you can check this blog WordPress 3.3 “Sonny”.

Green – WordPress 3.4

Version 3.4 released 13th June 2012. It was named after  American jazz guitarist and composer Grant Green.

The biggest change in this version was.. 

Theme Customizer: This allows you to navigate with the different looks and settings of your current theme. Also supports changing the color, background, and of course custom image titles for the themes.

Custom Headers: The contributors made it possible to use images from your media library to populate custom headers. For you to choose the height and width of your header images.

Twitter Embeds: Embed support to include tweets have been expanded.

Image Captions: It improved to allow HTML, like links, in them.

For Developers

This release contains over a hundred under-hood improvements in XML-RPC, themes, and custom title APIs. Also significant performance improvements in WP_Query and translation systems.

Want to more info about this release ? You can see the official WordPress 3.4 “Green” article.

Elvin – WordPress 3.5

American jazz drummer of the post-bop era Elvin Ray Jones inspired WordPress version 3.5. The version was released on December 11, 2012.

It came with..

Brand New Theme Twenty Twelve:

Twenty Twelve WordPress Theme
Twenty Twelve WordPress Theme

A new default theme ‘Twenty Twelve‘ is a clean, mobile-responsive WordPress theme that works great as the foundation of a CMS site. It has the ability to create dynamic landing pages with endless layouts using organizations and business groups and column blocks. The centered content column and fine-tuned typography also make it perfect for traditional blogs.

However, the complete editor styles give you a good idea of what your content will look like, even before you publish. You can give your site a personal touch by changing the background colors and the accent color in the Customizer.

It included..

  • Support for retina display
  • Color picker 
  • Improved image workflow
  • The dashboard was revamped again 
  • Creating galleries and uploading photos is re-designed

Improvements For Developers

  • Switch_to_blog faster for developers
  • A developer can now install MS in a sub-directory
  • The Induscore and Backbone JavaScript libraries are now available
  • The Codex has quite a good summary of the developer features above and beyond

Have a look at this blog to learn more about WordPress 3.5 “Elvin”.

Oscar – WordPress 3.6

WordPress version 3.6 was released On August 1, 2013. It was named after the Canadian jazz pianist, virtuoso and composer Oscar Emmanuel Peterson.

The version added many important improvements such as..

Default Theme Twenty Thirteen:

Twenty Thirteen WordPress Theme
Twenty Thirteen WordPress Theme

The new default theme “Twenty Thirteen” takes us back to the blog, featuring a full range of post formats, each displayed beautifully in their own unique way. Moreover, it starts with design details abound, a vibrant color scheme and images with a matching header, beautiful typography, and icons.

Improvements Menu Editor: The menu editor is now easier to understand and use than before.

More features came..

  • A new revision system 
  • Built-in HTML5 media player for native audio and video embeds
  • A fantastic new user interface
  • Revamped Revisions, Rdio, and SoundCloud
  • UI update like autosave, and post locking

For Developers

  • The new audio/video API of this version gives a developer access to metadata like ID3 tags
  • A developer can choose HTML5 markup for comments and search form
  • Better filters for how revisions work

For more info on WordPress 3.6 “Oscar”, you can read this blog.

Basie – WordPress 3.7

Version 3.7 is named in honor of American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer William James “Count” Basie. The released date of this version was October 24, 2013.

Some important updates of the release were..

Updates While You Sleep: This release added the most important architectural updates while you sleep. It means you don’t have to update your site by yourself anymore. Similarly, this feature automatically updates your site’s software.

Stronger Password Recommendations: The first way to protect your site is to use a strong password. It’s best to keep your password as complex and long as possible. That’s why the password meter has been updated to WordPress 3.7 to detect common mistakes that can weaken your password.

Global Support: WordPress 3.7 adds support for installing files in the correct language and keeping them up to date. There are millions of WordPress users in many languages in the world today except English. So for them, it has added better global support.

Improvements For Developers

  • Brings a lot of options for developers on how to control the new update feature 
  • Minor upgrades to be handled as well as minor upgrades 
  • Includes query support and multisite improvements 

If you want more info, you can read this blog WordPress 3.7 “Basie”.

Parker – WordPress 3.8

American jazz saxophonist and composer Charles “Charlie” Parker Jr. was behind the name of WordPress 3.8. It was released on December 12, 2013.

It came with exclusive changes that were..

Brand New Theme Twenty Fourteen:

Twenty Fourteen WordPress Theme
Twenty Fourteen WordPress Theme

The version brings Most importantly it includes “Twenty Fourteen” magazine-style default theme. This default theme lets you create a responsive magazine website with a sleek, modern design.

Also included..

  • A fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard 
  • Improved admin interface 
  • Admin color schemes 
  • Responsive design for mobile devices
  • Redesign theme management interface  
  • Simplified main dashboard

Check this blog WordPress 3.8 “Parker”.

Smith – WordPress 3.9

Version 3.9 was released on 16th April 2014. It was named in honor of American jazz musician Jimmy Smith.

The version included..

  • Stunning new theme browser 
  • Gallery previews 
  • Live widget and header previews 
  • A smoother media editing experience
  • Improvements to the editor for media
  • Editing images easily
  • Drag and drop images
  • You can now create audio and video playlists

Here is the release note on WordPress 3.9 “Smith”.

WordPress 4.0 to 4.9

WordPress Version 4.0 to 4.9

The other released versions of WordPress are 4.0 to 4.9. There are also Ten important releases in WordPress 4.0 to 4.9.

These releases included three new default themes called Twenty Fifteen, Twenty Sixteen, and Twenty Seventeen. The “Press This” tool was also improved in these versions.

Besides the following versions added media management, embeds, plugin discovery,  inline linking,  Video Header Support, PDF preview, Improved theme customizer experience, improved menu functions, and much more.

Details about of the individual releases are given below.

Benny – WordPress 4.0

WordPress released its 4.0 version on September 4, 2014.

It was named after the American jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman. He is also known as the “King of Swing”. It was released to improve WordPress writing and management experience.

The main addition was..

Improvements to the plugin directory:

In the WordPress plugin directory, there are more than 30,000 free and open-source plugins. WordPress 4.0 makes it easier to find the right plugin for your needs.

Improved Post Editor

WordPress 4.0 brings some very important improvements in the post editor, Which greatly improves the writing experience of most users. Here are two major improvements to the post editor.

The first is the removal of the post editor’s scroll bar. Multiple scrollbars on a page make it a bit difficult to work on long articles. This will allow the post editor to automatically adjust itself as you write.

The second is the post editor’s sticky menu bar. This means the menu bar and the add media button will be visible on the user’s screen.

Search Plugin and Install Experience

Another feature of WordPress 4.0 is the new plugin install screen. 

Search results are now displayed in boxes and show more useful information than ever before.This makes searching for plugins faster than ever before.

It loads the entire Redmi file of the plugin at once so it is very quick to switch between detailed popup tabs.

Theme Customizer

Added some widgets to WordPress 3.9 Theme Customizer. They have now been moved to the Customer’s own panel. The customizer makes it easy to add and manage widgets from the screen.

The version also included..

  • A writing interface
  • Easy language change
  • Embedding
  • Media uploading 
  • Compatibility with PHP 5.5 and MySQL 5.6

For Developers

Theme and plugin developers can now group options in the panel. Customizer now supports a whole new set of themes, panels, and controls that you can use on your themes and plugins. Query ordering will give developers more ways to use ORDER BY clauses in WP_Query.

Check out this article for more information about WordPress 4.0 “Benny”.

Dinah – WordPress 4.1

Version 4.1 was named after American singer and pianist Dinah Washington. The version released on December 18, 2014. This release was the last WordPress release for 2014.

WordPress 4.1 included some impressive features that were..

Brand New Theme Twenty Fifteen:

Twenty Fifteen WordPress Theme
Twenty Fifteen WordPress Theme

A new default theme called “Twenty Fifteen”. It came with upgraded internationalization support by using Google’s Noto Font Family. This default theme is specially designed for clarity. However, this project aims to support all Unicode-supported languages and scripts.

The version also included..

  • Plugin Recommendations 
  • Inline Image Editing Toolbar
  • Switch Language from Admin Area easily and Vine embeds

Under The Hood Changes

  • Complex queries 
  • Customizer APIs 
  • Tags in <titles> themes 
  • Developer Reference

If you want to know more, you can follow this blog WordPress 4.1 “Dinah”.

Powell – WordPress 4.2

WordPress version 4.2 was welcomed by April 23, 2015. The version is named after an American jazz pianist and composer Earl Rudolph “Bud” Powell.

The most notable improvement in this feature were..

Improved Characters Support: WordPress 4.2 brings new character support, including native Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters, musical and mathematical symbols, and hieroglyphs.

Emoji Support: Emojis were not supported in WordPress before this release. WordPress 4.2 resolved this by adding native support for emojis. You can now use emojis anywhere on your WordPress site. It is a huge improvement for a very large global WordPress user base.

 The version also include..

  • Faster plugin updates
  • Improved customizers
  • New embeds
  • An updated plugin system 
  • Improved the new “Press This” tool 

Under The Hood Changes

  • Shared word splitting
  • JavaScript Accessibility
  • utf8mb4 support
  • Complex query orders

Want to know more about this release? Here is blog WordPress 4.2 “Powell” for you.

Billie – WordPress 4.3

This version was named in honor of the American jazz and swing music singer Eleanora Fagan known professionally as Billie Holiday. It was released on August 18, 2015. WordPress 4.3 has some great new features and fixed many issues.

The most important improvements in this release were..

New Site Icon Feature: It represents your site in the browser tab, on the bookmark menu, and on the home screen of the mobile device.

Improved Press This Tool: “Press This” tool now has a text editor that will allow WordPress users to easily switch.

Menus in Customizer: Now creating, updating, and live-previewing site’s menus in Customizer is easy and fast. The customizer design provides a mobile-friendly and accessible interface.

Formatting Shortcuts: New formatting shortcuts in WordPress 4.3 have accelerated the flow of writing. Use asterisks to create titles, lists, and number symbols that will no longer break your flow.

Site Icons: Site icons represent your site in browser tabs, in bookmarks menus, and on the home screen of mobile devices.

For more info, you can check out this blog WordPress 4.3 “Billie”.

Clifford – WordPress 4.4

The last major WordPress release of 2015, version 4.4 that was released on December 8, 2015. It was named after American jazz trumpeter Clifford Benjamin Brown.

Brand New Theme Twenty Sixteen:

Twenty Sixteen WordPress Theme
Twenty Sixteen WordPress Theme

WordPress 4.4 came with a new default theme “Twenty Sixteen” and some other great features. It has custom color options with beautiful default color schemes, a harmonious fluid grid using a mobile-first approach, and impeccable polish in every detail. It was built to make your WordPress look beautiful everywhere.

Responsive Images: WordPress comes with responsive images. It takes a smarter approach to display appropriate image sizes on any device. Now WordPress will automatically serve the right image size for the user’s browser, device, and screen size.

Embeds: WordPress sites will become an oEmbed provider. This means WordPress users will be able to embed posts from other WordPress sites. In addition to the post embeds, version 4.4 adds public support to five new Embed providers:

  1. Cloudup
  2. Reddit Comments
  3. ReverbNation
  4. Speaker Deck
  5. VideoPress

Under the Hood Changes

  • REST API Infrastructure 
  • Term Meta 
  • Comment Query Improvement 
  • The term, comment, and network object 

You also can see this release note WordPress 4.4 “Clifford”.

Coleman – WordPress 4.5

WordPress 4.4, named “Coleman” in honor of jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman. He is known as a principal founder of the free jazz genre.

It was released on April 12, 2016. It was the first major WordPress release of 2016.

This release allowed..

Inline Link Editor: It allows you to insert links in posts. It keeps your writing focused on a less confusing interface and allows you to easily link to your content.

Theme Logo Support: Now adding a logo to your site from a customizer is a much-awaited thing. Earlier some premium WordPress themes allowed users to set logos. With WordPress 4.5  the theme developers are now able to enable theme support for logos. It allows users to now set a logo for their website using a customizer.

Inline Text Shortcuts: This shortcuts allow you to quickly add formatting markup while writing posts.

Better Previews for Site Icons: Now you see a preview under the site identity panel after you have set the site icon.

Live Responsive Previews: The Customizer comes with responsive live previews for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Login With Email: WordPress 4.5 allows users to sign in using their username or email address.

Improvements For Developers

  • Smart Image Resizing
  • Selective Refresh in Customizer 
  • Script Loader Improvements
  • Better Embed Templates
  • JavaScript Library Updates
  • WP_Site Class

For more info, you can read this article WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”.

Pepper – WordPress 4.6

This update is named in honor of  American jazz baritone saxophonist and composer Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III. It was released on August 16, 2016.

The most notable addition was..

  • Native Fonts, this will make your WordPress site loaded faster.
  • Streamlined Updates allows us to on the same page installing, deleting, and updating themes and plugins.
  • Better auto-save and recovery
  • Editor improvements with inline link checker
  • Shiny Updates for Plugins & Themes 
  • A Better Looking Import Screen 
  • Localization and Translation Improvements

Under the Hood Changes

  • Resource hint 
  • Meta Registration API
  • Translations on demand
  • The Customizer API to set validations and notifications
  • Multisite now faster than ever 
  • WP_Post_Type Class and  WP_Term_Query Class

Get more info WordPress 4.6 “Pepper” here.

Vaughan – WordPress 4.7

Version 4.1 Vaughan is named in honor of jazz vocalist and singer Sarah Lois Vaughan. The released date of this version was 6th December 2016. Vaughan included some impressive features.

Most notably it included..

Default Theme Twenty Seventeen

Twenty Seventeen WordPress Theme
Twenty Seventeen WordPress Theme

Twenty Seventeen is a great theme for any website because of all these elements with big featured images, full-screen header video, and images, etc. It is flexible enough to be used as a blog theme as well. Even it comes to help new users start a WordPress website in minutes.

Also, this theme works great in many languages, on any device, and for a wide range of users.

Video Header Support

The version comes with video title support for themes. Many free and premium themes allowed users to add full-screen videos. Users can upload their own videos in MP4 format, or add a YouTube video

PDF Preview

Uploading a PDF will create thumbnail images so you can easily distinguish between all your documents. This feature creates an image for the first page of a PDF document when uploaded. This image is then saved in various formats and displayed on the Media Library, Media Upload Popup, and Attachments page 

Edit Shortcuts in Customizer Preview

WordPress 4.7 brings ‘Edit Shortcuts’ in the customizer preview. This will now be helpful for new users who can only point and click to edit items. Associated with Starter Content, customizing your site is now faster than ever before.

Custom CSS in The Live Preview

Sometimes you may need to add some CSS to your site to make it perfect. WordPress 4.7 lets you add custom CSS directly using the customizer and see a live preview of your changes. Live previews allow you to work faster without refreshing the page. Besides, it came with Admin Language Control and Editor Improvements.

For Developers

  • Post Type Templates
  • Locale Switching  
  • Accessible Alt Text for Images 
  • Rest API Content Endpoints 
  • Customize Changesets
  • WP_Hook
  • Custom Bulk Actions
  • More Theme API Goodies

For more info, you can follow this blog WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan”.

Evans – WordPress 4.8

WordPress 4.8 released on June 8, 2017. It was the first major release of 2017. It was named after American jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans.

This release mainly focused to improve existing widgets. It came with some new widgets.

Those were..

Images Widget: Previously if users wanted to add an image to the WordPress sidebar, they had to either use a plugin or type custom HTML. But with WordPress 4.8, adding an image to a widget is now an easy task that any WordPress user can do without knowing the code.

Audio Widget: Audio widget is an easy way to add a personal welcome message. Audio widgets like video and image widgets let you easily add audio files to your WordPress sidebar.

Video Widget: A welcome video makes the branding of your website humane. Similar to the Image Widget, the version includes a video widget. You can now add any video to a sidebar of your site from the Media Library with a new video widget. It also lets you easily upload videos from YouTube, Vimeo, or any such embed provider to the WordPress sidebar.

Text Widget: This is a lighter version of the same visual editor that you can use to write posts and pages.

Dashboard Widget: WordPress also introduced the new ‘WordPress News and Events’ dashboard widget.
The widget automatically tries to guess the user’s location by sending it to the user’s IP address, timezone, and locale api.wordpress.org. Now you can easily find your local events just by logging in to your dashboard and looking at the new Events and News dashboard widget.

Link Boundaries: You no longer have to worry about link boundaries. As a result of this process, your links will work better, with great new features. 

Changes For Developers

  • Media Widgets API
  • More Accessible Admin Panel Headings 
  • Variable customizer width
  • Removal of Core Support for WMV and WMA Files
  • Multisite Updates
  • Changes in the editor API
  • User’s name prominently displayed on edit user screen

Want to know more about this? You can see WordPress 4.8 “Evans”.

Tipton – WordPress 4.9

Version 4.9  Tipton is named in honor of jazz musician, bandleader, and talent broker Billy Tipton. It was released on November 16, 2017. Therefore this version has delivered some exciting new features and enhancements.

They were..

Improved Theme Customizer Experience: Previewing and changing themes directly from the customizer is now more user-friendly. Any time you start a customization session, every change of settings is saved in a customize_changeset custom post type

New Gallery Widget: This widget allows you to create a native WordPress gallery and add it to your WordPress sidebar.

Add Media Button in Text Widget: Previously, you had to enter the HTML code if you wanted to add an image to the text widget in the sidebar. However, WordPress 4.9 has introduced the ‘Add Media’ button in text widgets so that you can now select or upload an image directly inside the text widget.

OEmbed Support: previously automatic embed posts did not work in other regions than content. With WordPress 4.9, oEmbeds will now work in text widgets as well as other areas.

Among the other releases..

  • Improved menu functions
  • Frontend preview links
  • Autosave revisions 
  • Theme browsing 
  • Syntax highlighting

For Developers

  • Introduces new capabilities that allow you to manage plugins and translation files
  • Improved in the Customizer JS API
  • Removes dependencies on jQuery
  • Improves accessibility 

Give a check out this release note WordPress 4.9 “Tipton”.

WordPress 5.0 to 5.7

WordPress Version 5.0 to 5.7

So far, the latest releases of WordPress are from 5.0 to 5.7. Developers of WordPress will come up with more releases in the future. There are also 8 important releases in WordPress 5.0 to 5.7.

Like other versions, these versions have 3 new default themes named Twenty Nineteen, Twenty Twenty, and Twenty Twenty-One. Most importantly, these versions brought in a new block-based editor Gutenberg as well as improved it.

Versions mainly added Social Icons and Buttons blocks, simpler default color palette, lazy-loading images, new Robots API, update jQuery, auto-updates to plugins and themes, XML sitemaps, and more.

Also include Site Health Check, PHP error protection, and PHP version upgrade notices, and many more improvements for developers.

To know the details you can jump into the following releases.

Bebo – WordPress 5.0 (Hello Gutenberg)

WordPress released its famous version 5.0 on December 6, 2018. It has come with a completely new block editor called Gutenberg. With this block-based editor, you can quickly add and move blocks, change their settings, and create attractive layouts without writing code.

Here were the below lists of the most Gutenberg’s blocks in this version:

  • Paragraphs
  • Headings
  • Preformatted 
  • Lists 
  • Quotes 
  • Codes 
  • Images
  • Photo Gallery
  • Videos 
  • Audio 
  • Files 
  • Shortcodes 
  • Columns 
  • Buttons 
  • Widgets 
  • Embeds
  • Cover image 
  • Media 
  • Texts
  • More

It also come with new WordPress theme.

Brand New Theme Twenty Nineteen:

Twenty Nineteen WordPress Theme
Twenty Nineteen WordPress Theme

The version also has included a stunning new default WordPress theme called “Twenty Nineteen“. It is based on the Gutenberg starter theme, which means it was fully compatible with the new WordPress editor Gutenberg. Twenty Nineteen has shown off the power of the new editor.

Follow this blog WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” and learn more.

Betty – WordPress 5.1

WordPress 5.1 released on 21st February 2019. It was named “Betty” in honor of acclaimed jazz vocalist Betty Carter

This release makes the WordPress site better, faster, and more secure for developers with some essential tools.

Gutenberg Improvements: The block editor Gutenberg mainly focused on its performance, security, and also being mobile-friendly. The version includes robust performance improvements in the editor.

Site Health: With safety and speed in mind, version 5.1 has introduced the first site health features of WordPress. When you install a new plugin, WordPress’s site health features will check against PHP. You are running to see if there are any plugins that will not work with your site. But WordPress will prevent you from installing that plugin.

Changes For Developers

Multisite Metadata: The version has added a new database table to store metadata related to sites. And it allows the storage of relevant site data in a multisite / network context.

Cron API: The Cron API now has new functions to assist with returning data, and new filters have been added to change Cron storage.

New JavaScript builder processes: This version provides a new JavaScript build option following a major overhaul of the code that began with the release of 5.0. You can learn more about specific tweets here.

For more information on WordPress 5.1 “Betty”, here is quick guide.

Jaco – WordPress 5.2

WordPress Version 5.2 named “Jaco” in honor of American jazz bassist John Francis Anthony “Jaco” Pastorius III. He was a member of the Weather Report. The version includes a lot of exciting changes. It was released on 7th May 2019.

In the below you will see the most important improvements of this version:

Site Health Check

The new Site Health check tool will help to give developers the essential information they need. Two new pages to help debug common configuration issues.

The first page is named “Status.” This page displays important information about your WordPress configuration as well as checking your site’s health. To keep your WordPress site secure, this page recommended you completely remove inactive themes and plugins.

Another new page called “Info.” This is a place to find helpful debugging information about your WordPress site’s configuration.

PHP Error Protection

Its focused update will let you safely fix or manage fatal errors without requiring developer time. It would protect from the WordPress white screen of death while updating PHP.

It’s a way to enter recovery mode, which pauses error-causing plugins or themes.

With this protection, WordPress will detect when a fatal error occurs on your site. Even then you’ll be able to login to the backend of your site.

New Emojis

WordPress 5.2 has the latest version of Twemoji, 12.0.1 has accessibility emojis, and 230 new emojis, including our personal favorite the Sloth.

New Dashicons

Dashicons are used to customize your WordPress admin dashboard. WordPress 5.2 has added thirteen new icons, including Instagram, as well as a suite of icons for BuddyPress and a rotating earth icon for global inclusion.

Miscellaneous Developer Updates

  • PHP Version Bump 
  • Privacy Updates 
  • New Body Hook
  • Building JavaScript

Check this blog for more info on WordPress 5.2 “Jaco”.

Kirk – WordPress 5.3

WordPress 5.3 Named “Kirk” in honor of jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk who played tenor saxophone, flute, and many other instruments.

It was officially released on November 12, 2019. 

Here are given the main improvements made in this version.

Block Editor Improvements

Gutenberg Block Editor is constantly evolving for contributors around the world. Block Editor in WordPress 5.3 has brought a lot of improvements and new features.

One of which is improvements in the Editing Experience.

Below, we also see more improvements in the Block Editor..

  • The Block Appender
  • Grouping Blocks by Group Interaction
  • Custom width Columns
  • A Layout Picker For Columns Blocks
  • Table Block Improvements
  • Block Navigation Mode
  • Added Motion to Block Changes and Rearrangements
  • Inline Image Reordering in Gallery Blocks
  • Improvements in Latest Posts Block
  • Lists Block Enhancements

Default Theme ‘Twenty Twenty’

Twenty Twenty WordPress Theme
Twenty Twenty WordPress Theme

A Brand New Default Theme “Twenty Twenty”. It has been built upon an existing free theme from the community, Chaplin by Andérs Noren. That gives the user more design flexibility and integration with the block editor. The theme is designed with flexibility at its core.

Improvements for Everyone

Here are some common features that also come with this release.

  • Automatic Image Rotation
  • Improved Site Health Checks
  • Admin Email Verification
  • More

For Developers 

  • Date/Time Component Fixes 
  • PHP 7.4 Compatibility 
  • New aria-current Attribute and aria-label Attribute 
  • Several changes, and improvements to the REST API 

Give a check this release blog regarding WordPress 5.3 “Kirk”.

Adderley – WordPress 5.4

WordPress version 5.4 was released on March 31, 2020. It was named after jazz trumpeter Nathaniel Carlyle Adderley.

First of all, version 5.4 brings many features, improvements, and bug fixes to the block editor. 

Gutenberg’s Improvements

New Social Icons: It allows authors to quickly add icons with links to social profiles. The block comes with three predefined styles for your visual customizations: Default, logos only, and Pill shape.

New Buttons Block: It makes adding interactive features fast and easy.

Here is a list of others Gutenberg’s feature..

  • A Welcome Guide Modal 
  • Featured Images
  • Inline Text Color Support
  • A New Breadcrumb Bar
  • Additional Color Options 
  • Fullscreen Mode Enabled by default 

For WordPress Developers  

Add Custom Fields to Menu Items: Without a plugin and writing custom walkers, two new actions let you add custom fields to menu items.

Menus Admin Screen: The new wp_nav_menu_item_custom_fields fires just before the move buttons of a nav menu item in the menu editor.

The Customizer Menu Editor: The other new  wp_nav_menu_item_custom_fields_customize_template fires at the end of the menu-items form-fields template for navigation menu items in the customizer.

Other features..

  • Customizable admin notification in WordPress Multisite 
  • Information about errors 
  • Storing the original URL for media files 
  • Changes in REST API 

For more info, you can check out this blog WordPress 5.4 “Adderley”

Eckstine – WordPress 5.5

WordPress version 5.5 released on 11th August 2020. It was named after American jazz and pop singer and bandleader William Clarence Eckstine in the swing era. WordPress 5.5 is the second WordPress release of 2020. 

In this version, your website got new power in three major areas:

  1. Speed
  2. Search
  3. Security

We see many changes in this release like other versions.

Block Editor Improvements 

When WordPress 5.5 was released, the Gutenberg plugin added some important versions in its core. It affects every aspect of the number of UI improvements, features, enhancements, and bug fix editing experience.

The plugin added New UI Design, Block Design Tools, Inline Image Editing, Block Categories, and New Block Inserter Panel, The Block Directory and Block Plugins, Block Patterns, and more.

Lazy-loading Images

The technical term is ‘lazy loading.’ It is an optimization strategy that lags behind the loading of non-critical resources. The loading feature determines whether the browser should load any resources immediately or wait until certain conditions are met.

Images give your story a lot of impacts, but they can sometimes make your site seem slow. This can save money on your readers’ data – and help save battery life.

Auto Updates for Plugins and Themes

WordPress automatic updates have been made available again at 5.5 after WordPress 3.7.  This is because, after WordPress 3.7, many site owners did not take advantage of auto-updates for plugins and themes.  But now with WordPress 5.5, site publishers will be able to take advantage of updates to automate plugins and themes via a single click directly on their WordPress dashboard.

XML Sitemaps by Default

A sitemap is a list of URLs that allows search engines to quickly crawl your website. Sitemaps before WordPress 5.5 can only be added to WordPress websites using a plugin or other tools.

The version brings a new XML sitemap feature to the WordPress core. The new feature adds basic functionality.

XML sitemaps are enabled by default and provide the following object types:

  • Homepage
  • Posts page
  • Core post types (Pages and Posts)
  • Custom post types
  • Core taxonomies (Tags and Categories)
  • Custom taxonomies
  • Author archives

The sitemap index contains a maximum of 2,000 URLs. When the URL reaches its maximum limit, a new sitemap file is added.

Additional Improvements For Developers

REST API Changes

WordPress 5.5 also brings many changes to the REST API. Here is a quick list of new endpoints:

Block Types: A new endpoint allows getting all registered block types.

Plugins: A new endpoint allows the management of plugins.

Block Directory: A new endpoint allows searching the block directory.

It also came with development of defining environments, dashicons, and passing data to template files.

If you want, you can look through this blog WordPress 5.5 “Eckstine”.

Simone – WordPress 5.6

WordPress released its 5.6 version on December 8, 2020. It is named “Simone” in honor of American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist Nina Simone. It was the last release of 2020.

Several features have been added to WordPress 5.6.

Block Editor Improvements:

There have been several versions of the Gutenberg plugin with WordPress 5.6. Among them…

  • Blocks
  • Patterns
  • Block API V2
  • UI Improvements

Brand New Theme ‘Twenty Twenty-One’:

Twenty Twenty One WordPress Theme
Twenty Twenty One WordPress Theme

This version includes a new theme called “Twenty Twenty-One”. It is a highly accessible and minimalist WordPress theme with a single-column layout and a footer sidebar. Besides, this default theme puts accessibility at the center of your website.

It is compatible with WordPress accessibility-ready guidelines. Also, you can choose your own background color by this theme. The theme automatically chooses accessibility and conscious text colors for you.

Additional Changes For Developers

WordPress 5.6 has introduced a number of changes for developers. Most notably, 

wp_after_insert_post Action Hook 

Which fires only once term and metadata have been saved. A few additional functions have been updated to prevent these hooks from being fired.

Typecasting

This change has direct effects on performance as direct typecasting is 6x faster than typecasting functions.

WP_Error Objects

The WP_Error class has been extended to integrate multiple WP_Error instances into one. Previously you could only do this manually. Now, WordPress 5.6 introduces three new methods to handle multiple WP_Error instances.

Also..

  • Auto-updates for major releases 
  • Accessibility improvements 
  • Tons of bug fixes
  • UI enhancements 
  • Application Passwords 
  • REST API Authentication with jQuery 
  • PHP8 Support  

Here we share the release note no WordPress 5.6 “Simone”.

Esperanza –  WordPress 5.7

“Esperanza”, the first WordPress release of 2021 is released on March 9, 2021. It was named in honor of jazz bassist, singer, songwriter, and composer Esperanza Emily Spalding.

Major changes to the new version have included block editor improvements, lazy-loading, HTTPS, new APIs, default color palette, improvements for developers, and more. The version brings you fresh colors. The editor can help you work in a few places without entering the code that you haven’t been able to do before.

Let’s know the changes that WordPress has brought for us in version 5.7.

Block Editor (Gutenberg) Improvements

Each WordPress release brings new features and improvements to the block editor. WordPress 5.7 will also deliver some interesting new features and enhancements to enhance your editing experience.

The most important improvements of the block editor are:

Font Size Support:

Font-size controls no longer require single-screen tracking to make a single change. It has the ability to adjust the font size of a few more blocks, including lists and code blocks. This allows you to resize fonts in a variety of sizes, including small, medium, large, extra-large, large, and huge.

New Block Buttons:

Some new features have improved the block functionality and interface of the buttons. Users will be able to choose from the width of the preset percentage for their buttons. Which will help make their content awesome.

Social Icon Sizes:

Now, this new version of WordPress lets you support custom sizes and adjust custom colors on WordPress pages. This will allow you to adjust the size of the social media icons block icon. And its color settings icon allows you to set different custom colors for its background.

Drag & Drop Blocks from the Inserter:

Block Inserts now supports drag and drop for blocks and patterns. WordPress 5.7 enables us to drag blocks from the insert and drop them into the editor. You can choose where to place a block before you drop it on the post canvas.

Full Height in Cover Block:

Full height alignment has been implemented in the cover block. These blocks allow you to create more attractive layouts and responsiveness.

You’ll be able to create some impressive effects on your pages using full height alignment with a combination of static backgrounds, content positioning, and other such control settings that will surprise you.

Easy One-click Website Migration from HTTP to HTTPS

Prior to this update, migrating from HTTP to HTTPS was a difficult task for a simple user without an expert WordPress user. But WordPress 5.7 makes this difficult task easier than ever. Previously, when transferring to HTTPS, the site address and WordPress address needed to be updated.

As a result of this release, moving a site from HTTPS is now just a one-click matter for the simple user. This will switch your WordPress and site URL settings and update the URL in your content to use HTTP.

Site Health Tools provides an administrative call-to-action button so that site administrators can switch their websites from HTTP to HTTPS with a single click. 

Lazy-Loading iFrames

Lazy loading is an optimization strategy used to improve the speed of a website during a page load. It basically tells the user’s browser to load any item when it is viewed.

WordPress 5.5 first introduced this feature and since then users have been getting this feature by default for image loading. With WordPress 5.7 it will now work to load not only images but also all iframes like youtube videos.

New Robots API

Bot meta tags let search engine bots know how to crawl and index a website. Which can increase your traffic. Robot meta tags allow site owners to control how web pages should be indexed and delivered to users in search engine results.

A new function called WP_Robots has been introduced in WordPress 5.7. Which allows developers to modify robot meta tags adding their own filters to the function.

This helps you decide which pages of your site you need to crawl. WordPress 5.7 has launched a new robot API. Which allows developers to programmatically control and update robot meta tags on any website.

Simpler Default Color Palette

WordPress first came up with a limited color scheme and it was also difficult to introduce new color schemes. But with the release of WordPress 5.7, all the colors used in WordPress CSS have been spread in shades of blue, green, red, yellow, gray, black and white. Which has standardized the WP-admin color palette.

The version also added some little change such as..

  • New Post Parent Related Functions
  • Login and Registration Interface Updates
  • New Functions to Check if a Post is Publicly Viewable
  • A New Dynamic Hook to Filter the Content of a Specific Block Type
  • Ongoing Cleanup After Upgrade to jQuery 3.5.1

For more info, you can check out this blog ‘WordPress 5.7 “Esperanza”’.

Here, you can also find all the WordPress release history.

The Future of WordPress

Like you, we are all excited and wondering what updates and improvements WordPress will appear in the upcoming years. Which options and features will be removed and added in future WordPress releases?

As users are enthusiastic about it, the developers are also thinking more. The developers have already provided some information about what WordPress is going to improve next.

 Here is a brief summary of the future of WordPress:

Gutenberg: If we talk about the future of WordPress, we first have to talk about Gutenberg. It helps WordPress users to create a post or a page in a more simple and organized way. It has been improving since the beginning of the launch. 

Gutenberg’s team always follows four phases while working on it and will be an ongoing process.

You can see the four phases below:

  1. Easier Editing
  2. Customization
  3. Collaboration
  4. Multilingual Support

Better User Interface: The popularity of WordPress is growing very fast. This means technologists are starting to use the WordPress UI. That’s why the WordPress team will care about the User Interface of WordPress and make it easier to use.

Suitable Work Platform: WordPress has planned to create a suitable and comfortable working platform for both developers and publishers. It will raise more opportunities for both parties and build trustworthy partnerships.

Focus on Translation: Many users from different parts of the world use WordPress. That’s why the themes and plugins are translated into different languages. And the translation of WordPress has become an ongoing process and will be better in the future.

Future Planned Version

Here is a list of future planned versions.

Version NamePlanned Release Date
5.8June 2021
5.9September 2021
6.0December 2021
List of future versions

Conclusion

The changes of WordPress may not describe in just a few thousand words.

For today, we have reached the last stage of our blog, the short ‘History of WordPress’.

In this article, we have tried to describe the brief WordPress release history. We hope the journey is awesome and you’ve enjoyed it! Also, you get a lot of information about WordPress.

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