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As of March 29th WordPress 6.2 is officially out and features a host of new features and enhancements. WordPress 6.2 comes with improvements such as enhanced Gutenberg block editor, improved accessibility and global styling, updated PHP minimum requirement, support for PHP 7.4, better site health check, and more. Let’s take a look at the new features that WordPress 6.2 has to offer.
Enhancements to the Gutenberg Block Editor
The Gutenberg block editor has been improved in this WordPress update. The most notable improvement is the ability to select a webpage’s featured image from within the editor interface. This means you can now choose a featured image for a webpage without having to go to the Media Library. In addition, the editor now has a button to clear all formatting and start from scratch, so you can quickly reset an element to its original formatting. WordPress 6.2 also includes a few new blocks, such as the Navigation Link and Cover block, which are useful for designing pages and adding animation effects.
Improved Accessibility and Global Styling
WordPress 6.2 improves accessibility and global styling with a new accessible color palette. The new color palette ensures that the text and interactive elements are color blind accessible and consistent across all platforms and devices, thus creating a more inclusive web experience for users. In addition, the editing interface now organizes the available CSS classes into categories and also shows a live preview of any changes you make, making it easier to customize the look and feel of your website.
Updated PHP Minimum Requirement and Support for PHP 7.4
WordPress 6.2 now has an updated PHP minimum requirement of PHP 5.6.20 or higher. This means that websites running an older version of PHP will need to upgrade in order to receive the new update. In addition, WordPress 6.2 also supports PHP 7.4, allowing websites to benefit from the performance improvements associated with this version.
Better Site Health Check
WordPress 6.2 also comes with improved site health check feature. The health check feature detects and identifies any potential issues that might affect the functionality of your website. This includes checking for outdated software, compatibility issues, and security vulnerabilities. The health check feature also suggests and provides links to actions you need to take to resolve any issues detected.
WordPress 6.2 has a lot of great new updates and new features that will make it easier for users to create and manage their websites. The improvements to the Gutenberg block editor, accessibility and global styling updates, updated PHP minimum requirement, and better site health check all make this version of WordPress a must-have upgrade.