WordPress 5.5: what you need to know about the latest update

Did you hear – WordPress 5.5 was released last week! If your website is built on WordPress, here’s an overview of what to expect with the new update, including some of the main features and long-awaited improvements below.

Lazy loading…

No more lazy loading!
The addition of lazy loading means that your site will faster by postponing the download of images and videos that aren’t on screen or needed. This means that the browser itself won’t be waiting for everything to download, and so the visitor will be able to access the page quickly and easily – meaning an enhanced user-experience!

Automated plugin updates…

Going forward, you can enable auto-updates for your plugins and themes to keep up to date with the latest versions, which can help prevent hacks and security breaches. This is optional though, so if you prefer to manually update plugins then this You can turn auto-updates on or off for each plugin or theme – simply select “enable auto-updates” under Plugins in your admin dashboard (automatic plugin updates are turned off by default).

Default XML sitemaps…

WordPress 5.5 will automatically publish XML sitemaps for your website to help search engines easily discover and index your content as soon as it goes live – meaning you no longer need a third-party plugin to generate a site map.

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