On Tuesday (December 8th), WordPress 5.6 was released. This release is called Simone after legendary performer Nina Simone. Similar to 5.4 and 5.5, enhancements to the block editor seem to be the major improvements of this release with the end user having much more flexibility around page layouts with having to write code. There are also lots of goodies for us tech nerds around API integration, PHP 8 & jQuery.
This release was brought us to by an-all woman squad – which is also a first for WordPress.
As with any WordPress upgrade (major or minor), the main benefit people will see will be hidden and that will be improved security and that’s why it’s critical to stay up to date with your releases.
So what do you need to do? Well if you’re a ClearSoft client with a WordPress site you don’t need to do anything. Your installation will automatically have been upgraded to WordPress 5.6 over the last day or 2 and you can reap the benefits straight away.
You can read more about WordPress 5.6 here.