WordPress 5.1 Release

Last week WordPress.org announced the release of the latest version of WordPress core code. There was some concern late last year about maintaining momentum in release schedules, but the team seems to be keeping them coming.

You may remember that release 5.0 brought us the new WordPress editor. This major release brought about significant changes in the WordPress admin and the publishing experience.

Release 5.1 “focuses on polish, in particular by improving the overall performance of the editor.” This release also contains some framework for planned features that we hope to see later this year. It is prepping users for “a better, faster, and more secure WordPress.”

This release also debuts WordPress’s first Site Health features. This feature focuses on the PHP version of the website. Administrators will receive a notice in the dashboard if their site is running on an outdated version of PHP. They will also receive warnings when attempting to install plugins that require a higher version.

We can expect a short cycle for the maintenance release, expected within the next couple of weeks.

Matt Mullenweg’s full release notes can be found in the official WordPress.org announcement.

The official tweet:

WordPress 5.1 “Betty” https://t.co/eecAVtuq8K pic.twitter.com/vw5DOSDpjZ— WordPress (@WordPress) February 21, 2019