What is WordPress?WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today. There’s nothing to install on your computer and you don’t need any special tools. You can update your website from anywhere that you have an Internet connection – even your smartphone. Best of all, WordPress is free in every sense of the word. It’s both free to use and free to modify. So, if you are the sort of person who likes to tinker with code, you can dig in and make WordPress do just about anything you want it to. Unlike other free website building tools, WordPress is completely portable. That means you can host your website anywhere and move it at any time.
What is New in WordPress 5.3.2?
With its yet another release, WordPress has made available the version 5.3.2 available that is focused mainly on fixing bugs and adding enhancements. This is a short-cycle maintenance release that has been made just after WordPress 5.3.1 roll out.
With its long tradition of rolling out maintenance releases one after another, WordPress has remained particularly in addressing major issues that developers face. Maintaining the same, WordPress 5.3.2 release also offers a solution to the issues illustrated below.
- Date time component issues (major issue found in modified post handling) have been fixed. The get_feed_build_date() function now correctly handles the a modified object with an invalid date.
- Another priority issue was upload issue (a conflict that was occuring in naming the file) and fix in wp_unique_filename() function so that file name collision can be avoided when uploading a file with upper-case extension on non-case-sensitive file system.
- Another issue that has been fixed is about wp_unique_filename() which was a concern that was showing PHP warnings while a destination directory for an uploaded file is unreadable.
- Next comes the release to fix non-default admin color schemes related to background, button,text etc.,the colors in all color schemes for buttons with the .active class has now been fixed.
- Next update deals with Posts, Post Types that state to use a proper delta comparison when checking the post date to set future or publish status in wp_insert_post()
All these 5 fixes and enhancements will be merged with the next significant WordPress release, i.e., version 5.4, which is currently a priority work for WordPress team.
Another matter of discussion with this latest release is that WordPress has not addressed any security fixes, which means that the platform is majorly focusing to built its core system in terms of security.
Users having automatic update settings do not need to download the same as the version will automatically be installed on their systems.
- That’s all about the latest WordPress 5.3.2 maintenance release!
Some of the biggest accessibility changes fixed issues with the alternate admin color schemes available in WordPress. The accessibility improvements to buttons in WordPress 5.3 did not get carried over to most of the alternate schemes. Or, rather, those alternate color schemes were not taken into account when the changes went into effect. This left secondary button elements practically unreadable in some cases, which made accessibility worse.
Version 5.3.2 creates a unified design for secondary buttons for every color scheme. It also makes sure that the
:active state for buttons are consistent.
Other improvements to accessibility include adding underlines to links on the Dashboard screen that were not clearly links by context, properly disabling nav menu forms when they should not be in use, and adding hover effects for links on the “About” admin screens.
Twenty Twenty Changes
Version 1.1 of Twenty Twenty includes CSS-based, smooth-scroll behavior. This greatly simplifies the code by using native behavior. It also works based on the user’s reduced motion setting for their browser, which enhances accessibility for the theme.
The theme update comes packaged with a new option for showing or hiding the post author bio. The setting is available under the “Theme Options” section in the customizer. It is enabled by default and will show the author bio section at the end of every post across the site.
The Twenty Twenty update also includes several bug fixes, most of which were trivial issues.