WordPress 5.6 (“Simone”) was released this…

WordPress 5.6 (“Simone”) was released this week. Props to the all-female lead team and the 605 volunteer contributors. They collaborated on nearly 350 Trac tickets and over 1,000 pull requests on GitHub. ๐Ÿ™Œ

The 5.6 release has many enhancements, features, and bug fixes for users and developers. (See the WordPress 5.6 field guide for more details.) There's also the new Twenty Twenty-One default theme. The official guide to Twenty Twenty-One is a good resource if you want to catch up with the direction front-end development is heading in WordPress. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽจ

Timothy Jacobs has a nice summary of the REST API changes in this release.

If you are aware of the recent jQuery changes in WordPress releases, then this post is worth a read. It covers how 5.6 includes a temporary downgrade path to run legacy jQuery on a site when needed. The juicy bit:

“[T]he first time a site visitor encounters an error caused by a now broken jQuery implementation, the plugin will facilitate an automated downgrade to a legacy jQuery version, and sends an email to the site administrator informing them of what has happened.”

๐Ÿšฃโ€โ™‚๏ธ I also want to point out Helen Hou-Sandรญ‘s comment on Twitter:

“You know whatโ€™s funny about this release? The biggest impact I think I made (with help ofc) was not actually in the core software, but in the way themes are previewed on WordPress.org. Check out the latest default theme โ€” no more boat!”

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