It is expected that WordPress 5.2 will be released in late April 2019. We followed the development and tested the first beta to try new features on the way.
This release will improve the block editor, site health check, several bug fixes, and minor improvements.
We’ll show you in this article what’s coming with features and screenshots in WordPress 5.2.
Improved Fatal Error Protection in WordPress
The most common errors in WordPress are usually fatal errors that prevent users from accessing the dashboard of the admin.
Users are then required to cancel changes using an FTP client or request support from their hosting company.
WordPress 5.2 introduces a new site administrator recovery mode. In the event of a fatal error, you will see a message that’ There are technical difficulties experiencing this site.’
WordPress will then send an email with a special login link to the email address of the admin.
You can login to the WordPress admin area using this link. You can then undo any changes that might have triggered the fatal error.
For many beginners who find it quite difficult to fix such errors, this feature will be a blessing.
Block Editor Updates in WordPress 5.2
In WordPress 5.0 the WordPress Block Editor (Gutenberg) was launched. In order to further improve it, the block editor has been continually developed since then. With new features and enhances the Block Editor WordPress 5.2 will continue to do so.
The new Block Editor of WordPress is much quicker than the classic older editor. However, when editing longer blog posts with tons of blocks it can be slower.
WordPress 5.2 addressed significant improvements in performance.
The load time for huge posts is now 35% shaved. WordPress 5.2 also halves the keyboard time, making it much reactionary when you type.
The aim of WordPress is to make software accessible to all users and publication democratized. WordPress 5.2 will provide the block editor with several improvements in accessibility.
- The block editor will now support reduced motion settings in user’s browser.
- In the post-URL slug the labeling and text support will be better, making location easier.
- For keyboard navigation through landmarks, the block editor will have clearer and consistent focusing styling.
- WordPress 5.2 will also bring enhanced experience for screen readers with new talk posts. In order to be clearer, existing speaker messages are also improved.
Introduction of New Blocks
The following new block will also be added to the default editor by WordPress 5.2. Some were already available as widgets, but you can now also use them in posts and pages.
- RSS block – It will allow you to easily fetch and display any RSS feed in your WordPress posts and pages.
- Amazon Kindle embed block – Allows you to embed content from Amazon Kindle
- Block of search – Add your content to the default WordPress search function.
- Calendar Block – Shows your blog posts calendar that users can click on a date to see posts that are posted that day.
- Tag Cloud Block – Shows your contents with the tag cloud.
A New Block Manager Tool
By default, there are several default blocks in the block editor. You can also add your own plug-ins and themes.
In fact, however, you’re probably never going to use all those blocks. Usually, most users stick to a few blocks to write all their content.
A new block management tool will be introduced in the WordPress 5.2 that can hide blocks you do not want to use.
The block manager lists all the blocks you have on your website. The blocks that you do not want to use can simply be un-checked.
The Minimum PHP Version Requirement
WordPress is used in various hosting and hosting environments by millions of people all over the world.
That’s why WordPress still supports some older versions of PHP, which is a bit difficult. Users can not even understand that by using a newer PHP version they can improve the performance of their website.
WordPress 5.2 sets a minimum PHP version currently needed to be 5.6, which is old (PHP version stable at the moment is 7.3.2). The aim is to progressively improve the minimum PHP version required with future releases.
Users in older PHP versions will find out that they are using and have to update an older version of PHP.
Under The Hood Improvements in WordPress 5.2
These are the changes that will affect developers mainly in WordPress 5.2.
When adding WP DEBUG LOG to the wp-config.php file, users will be able to provide the log file path. #18391. #18391.
The minimum PHP version required can be specified by plugins. #40934 The WordPress admin area default icon font has 25 new icons to be used. We hope you get a glimpse of what comes at WordPress 5.2 from this article. #41074 Let us know what features are interesting to you and what new features you want to see in the future.