New Features of WordPress 5.4

WordPress is an open-source content management system that was originally created for blog publishing, but has since evolved into supporting various types of web content, and is still continuously evolving. It’s latest version, WordPress 5.4, is named “Adderly” after the trumpet playing musician, Nat Adderly, as WordPress has a tradition of naming versions after Jazz musicians. It was released on March 31, 2020, and is the first major update of WordPress in 2020.

Currently, WordPress is on a “development freeze,” which means there are no new features introduced to the editor but they are consistently improving existing features. In this release, a lot of the improvements focus on their content editor, mainly the block editor. “Every major release adds more to the block editor,” WordPress states. 

New Blocks

WordPress 5.4 introduces two new blocks to their block editor.

1. Social Media Icons Block

You’re now allowed to add social media widgets to your posts. These widgets will allow your visitors to click on the logo of a certain social network’s site from your post and redirect them to your social media page. However, to allow your visitors to share your post into a social media site, you will still need a plug-in.

2. From Button to Buttons (with an “S”) Block

As the name change suggests, the previous button block is now in plural form. This improvement allows you to create buttons inside the same block, side by side! Now all you have to do is adjust the buttons’ colors, size, input links, and you’re good to go.

New Color Options for Multiple Blocks

WordPress 5.4 gives you new color options for multiple blocks, allowing you to pick gradients for the buttons and cover block, toolbar access to color options in the rich text blocks, and color options in the group and columns block.

New Block Selection Tool

Have you ever nested blocks inside a group block and had a hard time reselecting a certain block? If so, your life just became easier. There is now a button in the toolbar that allows you to easily select blocks. Just by clicking on this tool called the “select” tool, and clicking on the block that you would like to select.

Default Full Screen

With the ability to focus on your content more in mind, WordPress 5.4 sets your screen on fullscreen mode by default. You may click on the “W” icon in the upper left corner of your screen to reveal the admin area, but if you want to switch off the default fullscreen setting, you have to go to the editor settings and uncheck the “fullscreen mode” option.

Featured Images and Gallery Block Images Improvements

Just drag and drop your images to the “featured images” section, and instantly add your photo there. No need to manually upload them anymore. On top of that, you can now select the size of your images in the gallery block directly from the gallery block settings!

Latest Posts Block Improvement

The latest post block now includes “featured images,” which makes the block more appealing! You may choose to rearrange the images’ alignment and size.

Clearer Interface and Easier Navigation

You may now see which block you’re in very easily and quickly because of block breadcrumbs. The “tips” are also gone and has been replaced by a “welcome guide” that you may bring up only when you need it. Your screen reader now also tells you if you are in edit or navigation mode. Because of these new improvements, WordPress says that loading is now faster by 14% and typing by 51%.

Better Mobile Editing

Mobile editing in the WordPress app is now easier, with the toolbar placed on top, fixing the previous issue where it was hard to edit using the mobile app.

Tiktok Videos

With the rise of the mobile app Tiktok, WordPress 5.4 now allows you to embed Tiktok videos to your posts. Although now, CollegeHumor is gone. 🙁

Privacy Improvements

  • Personal data exports now include users’ session information and users’ information. This may be found in the community events widget
  • You may now see progress as you process export and erasure requests
  • Privacy tools now have a newly improved, cleaner look

Developer Improvements

  • Developers can now add custom fields to menu items.
  • Keyboard shortcuts may now be added to the block editor.
  • Two new APIs: block variations and gradients
  • Simpler block styling

NetON WordPress development services

The WordPress development team at NetON has built 100s of WordPress websites for clients in Australia and overseas.

Our team is constantly working on WordPress website development, WordPress Design, WordPress Hosting, Strengthening WordPress Security, running SEO Optimisation on WordPress Websites and upgrading Core and WordPress Plugins.

Whether you are starting a small blog or an enterprise fortune 500 company, we can help build and maintain your WordPress website for the best results online.

Our WordPress websites are customised based on your busines and you requirments. We have built large scale eCommerce websites, traffic generating/ad revenue websites, community building websites, Business 2 Business Websites and Business 2 Customers website. All of them are completely different in their lead generation and revenue models.

Please contact us for more details on our services.

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WordPress Demo Website

Want to try out all the new features :).  We keep an upto date demo site with the latest (sometimes even nightly builds) of WordPress that you are welcome to have a look at.

Click here to view WordPress Demo site

Please ask us for a username/password to test the site. This will let you test run all the new features without putting your live website at risk.

WordPress 3.9 available (better visual editing, media editing, audio, video and more)

The latest and greatest version of the most popular CMS platform in the world WordPress is now available.  WordPress powers 19% of all websites and has 46m downloads. Version 3.9 of WordPress named Smith, in honour of American Jazz musician, Jimmy Smith is now available for download and auto-update for all clients.

The new version adds a lot of updates most notably on the visual editor, media editing, galleries, native audio and video capabilities.

Features of WordPress 3.9

Improved Visual Editing:

The TinyMCE Visual editor is now upgraded to 4.0 and comes with better speed, accessibility and mobile support. Also pasting directly from Microsoft Word won’t mess up your styling and formatting.


Editing Images

You can now edit, scale, crop and rotate images. You can scale images directly in the editor view using drag handles.


Drag and Drop images

WordPress 3.3 came with the ability to drag and drop images to upload images to the media library. WordPress 3.9 takes this a step further with being able to drag and drop images directly on the editing screen.  Now only if they roll out Copy and Paste images Smile


Gallery Previews

While previously you would see a widget where the gallery was, the new version of WordPress shows your exact gallery in the Visual Editor.


Audio and Video Playlists

WordPress builds up on Native Audio and Video Support with support for Native Audio and Video Playlists.


Live widget previews

You can also view live previews of your Widgets in the Appearance Customiser. Please note that the theme needs to enable this for you to view the widgets.

Updated theme browser

The fancy new theme browser from 3.8 has been rolled out to the Add themes section making it look a lot more sexier.

WordPress 3.8.2 Security Release now updating all sites

While WordPress 3.9 is just around the corner and releasing next week (fingers crossed), A WordPress security update came out today. WordPress 3.8.2 is a patch and security release for 3.8 and is a mandatory/auto update because of the HeartBleed vulnerability.

HeartBleed is a major Internet security flaw discovered on Monday. It is a flaw in the online security protocol Open SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).  Experts are calling it a devastating security flaw. Surprisingly it has been around for 2 years and currently affects over 60% of the internet.

The HeartBleed official site cites

The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.


If you are a NetON customer, most likely you were already udpated. However it will be worth logging into your site to make sure that you are on 3.8.2

If you are not a customer, make sure you update to WordPress 3.8.2 as soon as you can. The new update is a automatic update, so most likely WordPress has automatically updated you but there are chances that won’t happen because of a number of reasons. If you are using HTTPS its essential that you update the site ASAP.

Security Updates and bug fixes on this release:

  • WordPress 3.8.2 releases fixes a weakness that could let an attacker force their way into your site by forging authentication cookies.
  • It also contains a fix to prevent a user with the Contributor role from improperly publishing posts.
  • This release also fixes nine bugs and contains three other security hardening changes.