Meetup group resources: Talking points for WordPress 5.7

We said hello to the latest major WordPress release – version 5.7 “Esperanza,” on March 9, 2021. MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. organizers can help promote the latest release by organizing local meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. focused on the release. This post highlights some features of WordPress 5.7 that local meetup organizers might want to highlight to their local communities, in an online meetup discussion, or via an email message to the group. 

Updates for Publishers and Users

WordPress 5.7 came with several updates that will be of interest to publishers and users of WordPress. You can now find a brief overview of notable new features included in version 5.7 on the release post.

Drag and drop blocks directly from the inserter
Blocks and blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. patterns can now be dragged and dropped directly from the block inserter. To see this in action, click on the Inserter icon (⊕) at the top left of the editor. (Top Toolbar) – it shows up a list of blocks on the left-hand side. You can now choose any block or block pattern from the inserter and drag + drop it directly into the editor. 

Reusable blocks
The release has several enhancements which make reusable blocks more stable and easier to use. Reusable blocks now save automatically with the post when you click the Update button. Read about WordPress 5.7 reusable blocks in detail on this post in the WordPress blog!

Text labels for the block toolbar
If you would prefer to see text labels rather than icons in the block toolbar, now you can turn on the Display button labels setting to see text labels. You can find this new setting in Preferences > Appearance.

After enabling this setting, you will see text for menu options instead of icons while using the block toolbar.

Custom font size options for the list block and the code block
You can now change font sizes for the list block and the code block directly from the editor. 

Updates for Site Builders and Developers

The WordPress 5.7 Field Guide and other Dev Notes are a great place to start learning more about the technical details related to this release, including APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways.-related enhancements. A summary of these notes include:

Standardization of WP-Admin colors

This project is the first part of a larger project in cleaning up WordPress admin CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site.. This new streamlined color palette collapses all the colors that used to be in the WordPress source code down to seven coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. colors and a range of 56 shades that meet the WCAG 2.0 AA recommended contrast ratio against white or black.

A PostCSS tool has been published, which can be used on any CSS file to either replace or create a second CSS file with the 5.7 colors – this is essentially the same process that ran over core, so it should make the exact matches in pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party CSS.

Lazy-loading iframes
In WordPress 5.7, iframes will be lazy-loaded by default, using the browser-level `loading` attribute. This will bring to iframes the same performance benefits which WordPress 5.5 introduced by lazy-loading images.

Send reset password links from Admin

WordPress 5.7 introduces a new feature that allows website administrators to send a reset password link to existing users manually. This can help when users lose their password and cannot use the lost password link for any reason.

Improved HTTPS detection and migration 

WordPress will be able to detect whether the current environment already supports HTTPSHTTPS HTTPS is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. This is especially helpful for protecting sensitive data like banking information.. If this is the case, it provides a call-to-action button in the HTTPS status section in Site Health, which switches the site from HTTPHTTP HTTP is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web and this protocol defines how messages are formatted and transmitted, and what actions Web servers and browsers should take in response to various commands. to HTTPS with a single click.

Request for feedback

Are you organizing a local meetup to promote WordPress 5.7? What are your favorite features of WordPress 5.7? What features have your local community buzzing? Let us know in the comments!

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The following people contributed to this post: @andreamiddleton @annezazu and @harishanker