WordPress version 5.5.3 is here! This major update comes packed with lots of tweaks and improvements on the previous versions.
The new WordPress version comes with improvements to the block editor, automated updates for your plugins, default XML sitemaps, and improved content panel and the ability to edit inline images. The new WordPress promises to be quite an exciting update.
But how do you get the most from this version of WordPress?
In this article, we’ll share nine top WordPress tips to help you get the best out of version 5.5.3
What’s New In WordPress version 5.5.3?
One of the first things that you’ll notice has changed in the new WordPress is the block editor. Block editor has been with us for the last few updates and is sometimes called Gutenberg.
The new version sees the inclusion of block patterns and the block directory. Block patterns will help you with formatting your posts and pages easier. The block directory makes it much easier for you to find blocks, including those from WordPress plugins.
The inline-image editing means that you don’t have to go into the media library to edit your images anymore, you can do them on the page. This means that you can rotate or crop images to suit the page.
Another major change to images on the new WordPress is that from now on, all images will be lazy load by default. That means that you don’t have to worry about installing lazy load plugins or changing settings anymore.
Content previews have improved too. Now, you can see a content preview of how your post will look on smartphone, tablet, or desktop. With mobile traffic being so important, this will make life much easier.
1. Use Custom Permalinks
WordPress permalinks include the name of the post as well as the date that the page was posted. This can leave your readers thinking that content is outdated, especially if some time has passed.
A better option would be to use the ‘post name’ permalink option. This will also be better for SEO purposes.
To use this, head to Settings, then Permalink, and then, Post name.
2. Add Icons to Your Navigation Bar
If you want to add handy icons to the navigation bar of your site, you can do this easily using the Menu Icons plugin which is developed by ThemeIsle. All you will need to do is to install and activate the plugin, and you’ll have access to the customer menu items of your choice.
3. Add a PayPal Donate Button
If you’d like to receive payments via PayPal from visitors to your site, then you can do this using a donations button.
To install this, log into your PayPal account, click on the gear icon, then go to Seller tools, then PayPal buttons, and then Manage.
Next, you will be asked which button you would like to create, select Donate. Following this, you will be asked to select your country and region, language and the design of the PayPal button that you want. If you have your own button image, you can select Use your own button image.
You will then be able to select what the donation is for, whether it is for a set amount as well as the currency.
Finally, you can click Finish and get code. You’ll then be given an HTML code that you can copy and paste to wherever you want it on your site.
4. How to Revert to Classic Editor
Gutenberg has been a staple on WordPress since version 5.0, and there are lots of improvements in version 5.5; however, you may wish to revert to the classic editor as many people did find it easy to use.
To change back to the classic editor, head to Settings, then Writing, and then Classic editor.
5. Use Gutenberg Shortcuts
If you want to stick with the block editor, it is possible to use Gutenberg shortcuts to enhance your experience. To bring up a list of shortcuts for using in the new block editor, press shift + alt + h.
6. Clear Out Your Spam Comments
You may have thousands of spam comments on your site, and Askimet does a great job of catching them all. However, deleting them can seem like a huge task in itself.
You can use your built-in spam cleaner which you can access by heading to Comments and then Spam. There you will see an Empty Spam button. Click this and delete all of the spam comments.
7. Add Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a great way of analyzing where your traffic is coming from.
Historically, you used to need a third-party plugin or manually add pieces of code to your website’s header to access Google Analytics. These days, there is an official plugin from Google called Site Kit that allows you to connect your site to Google and activate Analytics for your site.
All you need to do is install the plugin and follow the instructions on the screen. After you have done this, you can connect your site with Google Analytics by heading to Site Kit and Analytics.
8. Create a Backup of Your Database
To create a manual backup of your database, log in to phpMyAdmin and then choose the WordPress database you want to backup.
Head to the Export tab and hit Go. You’ll be prompted by your browser to download the backup, choose yes.
9. Restore Your Database
There may come a time when you need to restore the database you made in tip eight. To do this, log in to phpMyAdmin, then choose the WordPress database and hit the Import tab. Select Choose File and then pick the database you’d like to restore and then hit Go.
Getting the Help You Need With WordPress
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