WordPress 5.2 Features And Bug Fixes

WordPress version 5.2 named as “Jaco” was officially released on 7th May 2019 available to download.

This version comes with lots of features such as site health check, new dashboard icons, several bug fixes and various accessibility updates.

Features included in WordPress 5.2 are listed below:

  1. Site Health Check
  2. PHP Error Protection
  3. New Emojis and Dash icons
  4. Updates For Developers

Site Health Check

Site Health Feature was introduced in WordPress version 5.1. WordPress 5.2 release includes two pages that help to debug configuration issues. It also adds space which includes debugging information for site maintainers.

PHP Error Protection

This feature will let you fix or manage fatal errors without requiring developers time. Most of the WordPress fatal errors stop users from accessing the wp-admin dashboard.

Users are then required to undo all the changes made to sites with the help of developers or FTP client.

WordPress 5.2 provides the recovery mode for administrator users in which whenever fatal error occurs you will see a message: ‘This site is experiencing technical difficulties ‘.

WordPress then send an email to the WordPress email address which includes login link. Using that link user can log into the admin dashboard. After that you can undo changes that triggered fatal error.

New Emojis and Dashicons

WordPress 5.2 has 13 new icons, including Instagram, a suite of icons for BuddyPress, and rotated Earth icons for global inclusion.

WordPress 5.2 includes following improvements for developers

Updates For Developers

Block Editor Improvements

In WordPress 5.0 the block editor( Gutenberg ) was introduced. WordPress 5.2 comes with some new features added to the block editor.

  • Image resizers are much better than before.
  • Performance improvement in terms of loading time.

PHP Version Bump

The minimum supported PHP version for WordPress installation is now 5.6.20. As of now WordPress 5.2 or greater version themes and plugins can safely take advantage of namespaces, anonymous functions, and much more.

Privacy Updates

WordPress 5.2 includes new page template that is privacy policy. Added following helpers that will make customizing the privacy policy easier.

  • Function: is_privacy_policy()
  • Template file: privacy-policy.php
  • Body class: .privacy-policy
  • Menu item class: .menu-item-privacy-policy

Improvements for Writing JavaScript

With the addition of webpack and Babel configurations in the WordPress 5.2 package, developers won’t have to worry about setting up the build tools to write modern JavaScript.

New Body Hook

WordPress 5.2 added new wp_body_open() hook, which lets themes support injecting code right at the beginning of the <body> element.

Plugin Compatibility Checks

WordPress will automatically detect if your website server’s PHP version is not compatible with the installed plugins. If installed plugins require higher version of PHP than your website is currently using, WordPress will not allow to activate your plugin.

These were all the features and bug fixes introduced in the version 5.2. Hope the article as knowledgeable.

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