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WordPress 5.6 “Simone” update -Features

WordPress 5.6 Simone is one of the latest versions of WordPress. The name Simone is dedicated to the remarkable American musician and activist Nina Simone. It was released on December 8, 2020. It comes with a lot of updates like brand new canvas built-in themes, many improvements, and more flexibility for customization and integrations.

WordPress 5.6 Simone release is a big and special one because it marks the first release squad led entirely by women in WordPress history. More than 605 developers contribute to the WordPress 5.6 version. This new version supports PHP 8. Developers have taken the great decision to launch WordPress 5.6 after the launch of PHP 8.

Version 5.6 focuses on layout flexibility and accessibility for end-users and provides more blocks. Also, provide rest API improvements like more security and application password option.

Here are some features of WordPress 5.6:

  1. Introduced new theme (Twenty twenty-one theme): WordPress 5.6 “Simone” introduced the new theme twenty twenty-one (2021) as per the tradition of new theme with every version release. This theme is based on a system of nested CSS variables which helps in the customization and creation of child themes.

    This theme comes with an awesome pastel color palette and block pattern functionality which was not supported in previous versions.
  2. Block Editor Improvements: It supports a number of built-in blocks that allow you to create different customized layouts using images, videos, colors, and text.
  3. Auto-Update Feature: Manually updating the plugins and version is quite a hat trick. Sometimes after updating the plugin, the plugin doesn’t work and we need to find another.
    In WordPress 5.6, there is an auto-update feature. Similar to Windows 10 auto-update feature, you need to turn it on. It is great that this feature comes with the on/off button because a few developers want to schedule it, so their work doesn’t get Interrupted in between.
  4. Application Passwords to authenticate rest APIs: This update provides the application password so the user can make the authenticated request to any of the WordPress APIs.

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