WordPress 5.4 to be released on 31st March: Here is the list of new features

WordPress is all set to roll out its newest version – WrdPress 5.4- on 31st March 2020.

The new version would come to some key improvements n terms of both performance and security. The beta version is already out.

WordPress 5.4 Features List A Quick Overvew

Here’s the quick list of new features in WordPress 5.4

  1. Welcome popup guide 
  2. Social Icons Block
  3. Buttons Block
  4. Advanced Block Editor
  5. Adding Caption Below a Table Block
  6. Featured Images in recent posts Block
  7. Wider Colour array and options for Blocks
  8. Easy way to upload featured image with drag and drop
  9. Editing text color inside paragraph block
  10. Floating Block Toolbar in Mobile Version
  11. Quick Setting of Image size in a Gallery
  12. Intuitive select tool for quick block selection
  13. Embed Block for TikTok Video Embedding
  14. New Calendar widget’s HTML output
  15. do_shortcode () function replaced with appl_shortcodes() function
  16. Unused customizer classes will be formally deprecated
  17. Enhanced Button component

Major improvements in WordPress 5.4

 Block editing and development are two key areas that have been significantly improved for better user experience in terms of functionality and interface. There are some key improvements on development front as well.

One thing worth mentioning is that the WordPress may still edit, change or remove the new features (discussed here) in the final version. However, no extra or additional feature will be added now as the version is in a feature freeze state.

The Block editor of the new version would be equipped with more advanced features enabling the users to exercise better control over presentation style.

Welcome popup guide 

A user-friendly easy popup slide show will quickly take the new users through a simple welcome tutorial explaining new block features. For further assistance, it will also lead them to the comprehensive tutorial link.

If you want to return to the welcome guide then just click the three-dot menu in the top pane of the editing screen.

New Blocks

WordPress 5.4 will ship with 2 new blocks dedicated to social media and better button formatting

Social Icons Block

Social Icons block offers you an easy functionality to quickly insert your social media profile links directly into the WP posts/ pages and offer them a more personalized touch.

Next, you can click the add button to insert the desired social media icon. By clicking on the inserted icon, you can also link it to your desired social media page.

Buttons Block

The button block has also got some extended features making it possible for you to add multiple buttons side by side.

You can either choose the gradient background colo

rs for your button or add your colors and text to give it a fully personalized appeal. 

Advanced Block Editor

 There would be a noticeable array of improvements to the WordPress block editor in the new version. The individual blocks will also be enhanced with similar feature improvements providing an overall better and more friendly ecosystem for the content creators.


Adding Caption Below a Table Block

WordPress 5.4 will allow you to add a caption below a table block

Featured Images in latest posts block

The latest posts block of WordPress 5.4 will allow you to display related featured images for every post

Wider Colour array and options for Blocks

 The new version will offer a wider palette of colors for specific blocks like group, cover and column block.

 It also allows you to select uniform font/background colors for all the blocks of a specific group block.

It will streamline the content presentation process and save lots of time and effort.

You can also pick the desired font/background colors for the specific column block.

Easy way to upload featured image with drag and drop

The new version will also make it easier to set the featured image. All you have to do is to easily drag the desired image to the featured image section and drop it there. This drag and drop feature will save you from the long process of manually uploading an image conventionally.

Editing text color inside paragraph block

One of the limitations with the paragraph blocks in the current version is that the selected text color gets applied to the entire paragraph block by default. There is no option to change the text color of individual words or lines in the same paragraph block.

The upcoming version will allow you to change the text color of individual words/lines in the same paragraph block. For instance, you can highlight the specific words/lines in the same paragraph block by individually changing their text color. You just need to select the desired text and change its text color.

Floating Block Toolbar in Mobile Version

The new versions will also make it easier to compose/edit your blogs in a mobile device. In the current version, the block toolbar keeps on moving across the blocks when you type. It creates a kind of visual disturbance and interferes with the smooth typing process.

In the upcoming version there would be a floating toolbar fixed at the top of the screen instead of moving across the blocks. The toolbar will automatically change based on the type of block you work on.

Quick Setting of Image size in a Gallery

The new versions will enable the users to pick and apply the uniform size to all the images of the gallery.

Intuitive select tool for quick block selection

WordPress 5.4 will provide you an easy to use select tool for quickly select the desired block that needs to be modified. It will make it easier to modify the columns, group blocks or other types of nested blocks.

Embed Block for TikTok Video Embedding

The new version will offer you an embed block for the purpose of adding TikTok videos in the desired blog posts or pages.

Developer oriented changes

There would be multiple changes on development part as well:

·         The Calendar widget’s HTML output will be changed for creating a valid HTML. To be precise the navigation links will be moved to a <nav> HTMLelement just after the <table> element.

·         The do_shortcode () function wile b replaced with apply_shortcodes () function>>