After much fanfare, it’s finally here. WordPress 5.3 “Kirk”, named after the jazz instrumentalist, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, brings more polished user experience, a refined Gutenberg, plenty of security enhancements, and new features, all that are available for you to download or update from your WordPress dashboard!
Of course, you want to go over everything that has changed in the new version, and we’re about to take you through all the major changes and everything you need to know about WordPress 5.3.
Let’s go over each change in the new WordPress release so you can stay on top of your online game.
WordPress 5.3 Kirk & Block Editor (Gutenberg)
Gutenberg, the now ubiquitous block editor that was introduced as the new editor with WordPress 5.0 has been receiving regular enhancements and has seen 13 releases through its standalone plugin. Now, all 13 releases of the block editor have been merged with WordPress 5.3.
Support for large image uploads
There are over 150 new features and improvements which include support for high-resolution pictures and large images that you may want to upload. This, of course, means better-looking images on your website.
With the merger, the block editor is reported to have improved performance and comparative benchmarks prove so. If you publish small posts, you might notice a significant change, but for huge posts, you’ll feel the difference in performance.
The admin interface now also includes the integration of block editor styles. This is a move towards improving accessibility and they address many accessibility issues like the consistency between editor and the admin interface, color contrast on buttons and form fields, and Motion, which makes interaction with blocks feel natural and swift.
Another good improvement that the block editor brings is the Navigation mode which lets
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