WordPress 5.5 poster featuring Billy Eckstine.

WordPress 5.5 “Eckstine” released today. This is the 20th consecutive release with contributions by rtCampers. Props to Deepak, Milind, Ravat, Sayed, Towhidul and Yahil.

Open source software like WordPress allows agencies like us to take complete ownership of the codebase when building solutions for our clients. That’s one of the reasons we champion WordPress and make an effort via core contributions to smooth out the edges and build in new features.

rtCamp has 6 contributors credited in this release, and we are proud to be in some great company:

WP 5.5 has no shortage of bug fixes and new features: lazy loaded images, XML sitemap as default, auto-updating plugins and themes, new Gutenberg block patterns & editing improvements and accessibility improvements, especially to the editing experience.

Developers also get some joy, with new endpoints in the REST API, a new, standardized way to define a site’s environment and several more updates for added control through WordPress’ powerful in-built functions.

All these changes and more are listed out in the WordPress 5.5 Field Guide.

Links: WP 5.5 Release Post | Whitepaper: The Business Case for Open Source