Release Announcement: WordPress 5.1 Betty
A Little Better Every Day
WordPress 5.1 Betty is now available, since Thursday night, February 21, 2019. Version 5.1 of WordPress, named “Betty” in honour of acclaimed jazz vocalist Betty Carter, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard.
Following WordPress 5.0 — a major release which introduced the new block editor — WordPress 5.1 Betty focuses on polish, in particular by improving the overall performance of the editor. In addition, this release paves the way for a better, faster, and more secure WordPress with some essential tools for site administrators and developers.
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WordPress 5.1 Betty = Developer Happiness
WordPress 5.1 Betty introduces a new database table to store metadata associated with sites and allows for the storage of arbitrary site data relevant in a multisite / network context.
The Cron API has been updated with new functions to assist with returning data and includes new filters for modifying cron storage. Other changes in behaviour affect cron spawning on servers running FastCGI and PHP-FPM versions 7.0.16 and above.
New JS Build Processes
Other Developer Goodness
Miscellaneous improvements include updates to values for the
WP_DEBUG_LOG constant, new test config file constant in the test suite, new plugin action hooks, short-circuit filters for
count_users(), a new
human_readable_duration function, improved taxonomy metabox sanitation, limited
LIKE support for meta keys when using
WP_Meta_Query, a new “doing it wrong” notice when registering REST API endpoints, and more!
Keep it Classic
Prefer to stick with the familiar Classic Editor? No problem! Support for the Classic Editor plugin will remain in WordPress through 2021. The Classic Editor plugin restores the previous WordPress editor and the Edit Post screen. It lets you keep using plugins that extend it, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor. To install, visit your plugins page and click the “Install Now” button next to “Classic Editor”. After the plugin finishes installing, click “Activate”. That’s it!
Note to users of assistive technology: if you experience usability issues with the block editor, we recommend you continue to use the Classic Editor.