WordPress 5.5 was launched today and is available for update on all WordPress driven websites. Even better, we’re thrilled to let you know that if you’re a HITS client. Then your site has already been updated since all HITS use a custom WordPress framework. We usually implement this to all of our clients on the day of the update release.
Here’s a rundown of what this means for you:
Posts and pages feel faster, thanks to lazy-loaded images. Images give your story a lot of impacts, but they can sometimes make your site seem slow. In WordPress 5.5, images wait to load until they’re just about to scroll into view. The technical term is ‘lazy loading.’ On mobile, lazy loading can also keep browsers from loading files meant for other devices. That can save your readers money on data — and help preserve battery life.
Say hello to your new sitemap. WordPress sites work well with search engines. Now, by default, WordPress 5.5 includes an XML sitemap that helps search engines discover your most important pages from the very minute you go live. So more people will find your site sooner, giving you more time to engage, retain and convert them to subscribers, customers or whatever fits your definition of success.
Now you can set plugins and themes to update automatically — or not! — in the WordPress admin. So you always know your site is running the latest code available. You can also turn auto-updates on or off for each plugin or theme you have installed — all on the same screens you’ve always used. If updating plugins and themes manually is your thing, now that’s easier too — upload a ZIP file.
We hope you like all the WordPress 5.5 updates as much as we do!