WordPress 5.1 Beta 1 is now available from wordpress.org.
WordPress 5.1 is scheduled for release in late February 2019 – the 19th according to wordpress.org.
Site Health Checker
The new Site Health Check is a project within wordpress aimed at improving the stability and performance of the entire WordPress ecosystem.
The first phase of this project will be included in WordPress 5.1.
For the first time, WordPress will catch and pause the problem code, so you can log in to your Dashboard and see what the problem is.
Earlier you would need FTP to diagnose and solve the problems in your files or get in touch with your host.
Additionally, in April 2019, WordPress’ will increase its minimum supported PHP version to 5.6. To help you check if you’re prepared for this change, WordPress 5.1 will show you a warning and help you upgrade your version of PHP, if necessary.
The end of an era – and the beginning of a new…
Beginning with the WordPress 5.1 version the phrase “Happy blogging” will be changed to “Happy Publishing” in the file-system og WordPress
This marks the end of the days when WordPress was perceived as (merely) a blogging tool.
In Changeset 44455 it’s stated that:
As of this commit, WordPress is no longer a simple blogging platform. It’s now a comprehensive publishing solution.
This also replaces a couple of other “blog” references that were missed previously.
This signifies the end of an era, which actually ended a long time ago when WordPress developed into a proper CMS system.
Now it’s formally recognized in the software and by wordpress.org.
WordPress is so much more dynamic than what a blogging tool rerquires it to be.
Nowadays, WordPressis a true publishing solution that can easily transition into e-commerce stores or online magazines without having to migrate to a new platform.
Gutenberg is now in the hands of thousands, if not millions of users.
With Gutenberg publishing different types of content is becoming more accessible for coders and non-coders alike.
The new era of “Happy Publishing” in 2019 will bring even more progress to WordPress!