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WordPress has launched a new version 5.1. Two months ago, WordPress released version 5.0. In addition to the new Site Health tool, the new version is mainly concerned with polishing the overall performance of the editor in the blog management tool.

Site Health is intended to inform and warn administrators. For example, when a new plug-in is installed, Site Health compares it to the current version of PHP, the programming language that controls WordPress. The new tool automatically stops the installation of the plug-in if a PHP version is required that does not work with the website.

Editor polished

After introducing a new editor based on blocks in version 5.0, WordPress 5.1 tries to improve it further, especially in terms of performance. For example, the company claims that the editor is now a bit faster and typing runs more smoothly. However, the WordPress team has announced that this is a work-in-progress and that future releases will include even more performance improvements.


WordPress 5.1 also contains a number of other updates and modifications that are interesting for developers. For example, there is a new database table for storing metadata, called Multisite metadata. This table stores metadata and other relevant data about websites in a multisite environment.

The Cron API has been updated with new features to help return data. In addition, the updates include new filters for changing cron storage. Other changes affect cron-spawning on servers with FastCGI and PHP-FPM versions 7.0.16 and higher. New JavaScript Build Processes were also added to version 5.1, following the major reorganization of the code in version 5.0. In addition, a handful of other updates were made, all of which can be found here.

Worldwide, 30 percent of websites are built on the WordPress CMS. The latest version 5.1 is available in 34 languages and can now be downloaded.

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