More information about WordPress 5.5 is…

More information about WordPress 5.5 is surfacing, including news of its ability to pass arguments to template files: “The template loading functions will now allow additional arguments to be passed through to the matched template file using a new $args parameter.”

In addition, there’s a new esc_xml() function that came along with the new XML sitemaps feature.

Human Made has a good post about collaborating with Google to bring XML sitemaps to a large portion of the web.

Developers might want to read up on the REST API changes coming in the 5.5 update.

Finally, with the upcoming ability in WordPress 5.5 to have plugins and themes auto-updated, it was inevitable there would be a plugin to add the filters to disable auto-updates. This one is from Jake Spurlock. 🔌