WordPress 5.5 was released last week, featuring automatic updates for plugins and themes, lazy-loading images, extensible XML sitemaps, improvements to the block editor, and as always, supplemental under the hood security, performance, and developer improvements. As always, many 10uppers contributed to this release.
This latest release introduces a number of improvements to the block content editor. Highlights include inline image editing that lets you crop, rotate, and zoom photos within image blocks; device previews that show how content will appear to visitors with different screen sizes; and a Block Directory that lets you find, install, and insert third-party blocks in the editor, without ever leaving the page.
Our latest free, open-source plugin, Block For Apple Maps — released in June — is immediately available in the Block Directory. Now anyone can access Block for Apple Maps and install it directly from the editor when searching for blocks.
Many 10uppers helped make this release possible, including myself, who was recognized as a Noteworthy Contributor. Thank you for helping make WordPress: Barry Ceelen, Christian Chung, Evan Mullins, Fabian Kaegy, Helen Hou-Sandí, Ryan Welcher, Thrijith Thankachan, and Tung Du!