Wed. Nov 20th, 2019

WordPress 5.3 “Kirk” Releases: expands and refines the block editor

2 min read is a blogging platform that is owned and hosted online by Automattic. It is run on a modified version of WordPress, an open-source piece of software used by bloggers. This website provides free blog hosting for registered users and is financially supported via paid upgrades, “VIP” services and advertising.

The site opened to beta testers on August 8, 2005, and opened to the public on November 21, 2005. It was initially launched as an invitation-only service, although at one stage, accounts were also available to users of the Flock web browser. As of February 2017, over 77 million new posts and 42.7 million new comments are published monthly on the service.

WordPress 5.3 releases.


  • Block Editor Improvements
  • Expanded Design Flexibility
    • The new Group block lets you easily divide your page into colorful sections.
    • The Columns block now supports fixed column widths.
    • The new predefined layouts make it a cinch to arrange content into advanced designs.
    • Heading blocks now offer controls for text and background color.
    • Additional style options allow you to set your preferred style for any block that supports this feature.
  • Introducing Twenty Twenty
  • Improvements for Everyone
    • Automatic Image Rotation
      Your images will be correctly rotated upon upload according to the embedded orientation data. This feature was first proposed nine years ago and made possible through the perseverance of many dedicated contributors.
    • Improved Site Health Checks
      The improvements introduced in 5.3 make it even easier to identify issues. Expanded recommendations highlight areas that may need troubleshooting on your site from the Health Check screen.
    • Admin Email Verification
      You’ll now be periodically asked to confirm that your admin email address is up to date when you log in as an administrator. This reduces the chance of getting locked out of your site if you change your email address.
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