The WordPress 5.0 release in December of 2018 was a major release and introduced the new Block Editor to WordPress users. At the time we were very concerned that WordPress 5.0 would break a lot of our client websites. Specifically we thought we would have a lot of issues with old WordPress themes. The reality is we actually had very few issues and we really like the new WordPress 5.0 block editor!
As of February 22, 2019 WordPress 5.1 Released. WordPress 5.1 is another Major Release. WordPress has stated that there are going to be 3 major releases that will fundamentally change how WordPress works. I am assuming this is release number 2 out of 3. The 5.1 release focuses on Polish and Performance. The goal of the 5.1 release is a better, faster and more secure WordPress.
- WP 5.1 Site Health Feature – Notifications about PHP Version – The newer the PHP version the faster WP will perform
- WP 5.1 Editor Performance Feature – Includes performance improvements for the new block editor
- WP 5.1 Developer Happiness – New improvements for WordPress developers
Speed Kills – WordPress 5.1 is Faster?