With over 35 percent of all web site running on the WordPress CMS, it is the number one choice for Webmasters worldwide.
Last week WordPress announced that the next-gen WordPress 5.8 update will add WEBP support to its CMS.
In case you don’t know, WEBP is a modern image format that is 30% smaller than a JPeG or PNG image. Thereby improving lossless and lossy compression for images available all around the web.
Now, before WordPress rolls out the next 5.8 updates in July. They have released the first beta version of the next-gen of WordPress CMS.
How to Get WordPress 5.8 Beta 1 Update?
There are three ways that you can use to get the latest beta update.
- If you’ve opted for receiving beta updates on your website then you would be getting it automatically on the updates page of WordPress.
- If you’re not enrolled for receiving automatic WordPress update then to can install WordPress Beta Tester Plugin to get the latest beta update via Beta/RC channel.
- At last, if you can’t get to the latest beta update using the two methods mentioned above, I would recommend you manually download the beta update from WordPress.org and install it on the WordPress CMS.
WordPress 5.8 Update Release Date
Well, as per the official announcement, a stable WordPress 5.8 update will roll out on July 20 of this year.
WordPress 5.8 Improvements
Every WordPress comes with some major improvements. But the upcoming is coming with an update for which webmasters have been wait for: Support to uploading WEBP images in the WordPress.
Apart from this, the upcoming WordPress update will also be focusing on blocks, Site title, logo, page lists, and tagline.
The new update will also introduce new blog patterns that will work on increasing the flexibility of WordPress CMS.
Therefore helping you grab multiple creative possibilities using the new duotone block as the new block patterns can easily add image effects to be later used in the supported third-party media blocks.
That was all about the major WordPress 5.8 update.
What about the recently released first beta?
What new features and improvements are released in the latest beta update. Let’s find out.
WordPress 5.8 Beta 1 Update Improvements
These are some improvements you’ll be getting in the 1st beta update before the upcoming next-gen WordPress update:
✅When setting up the Blocks, you will start getting patterns in the recommendations. Then convert a block or a collection of blocks into different patterns.
✅If you are using blocks, then from this point onwards you can add a new template editor to create new custom templates.
✅WordPress 5.8 Beta 1 ends the support for Internet Explorer 11.