WordPress 5.3 is slated for release on November 12, 2019, will bring about several updates.
One of the biggest news is that WordPress announced that WordPress 5.3, will by default support Google’s UGC Nofollow attribute. This means that all links in the comments section would automatically use the UGC nofollow link attribute.
UGC Nofollow Attribute
Here is the explanation by Search Engine Journal about why this change is important for WordPress developers because it involves a change to the code.
Here is how WordPress explains the change:
“In WordPress 5.3, wp_rel_nofollow_callback() will be deprecated in favor of more generic callback function, wp_rel_callback(), which is now used to add other rel attribute values to a specified link.
wp_rel_callback() is used by the existing wp_rel_nofollow() function to add a single “nofollow” value, and with the new wp_rel_ugc() function, developers can add both “nofollow” and “ugc” values to the rel attribute.”
And this is an example that WordPress shared on how to use the new code:
$link = ‘<a href=”example.com”>User generated link example</a>’;
$ugc_link = wp_rel_ugc( $link );
// output: <a href=”example.com” rel=”nofollow ugc”>User generated link example</a>
The UGC nofollow link attribute is a code announced by Google on September 10, 2019 that tells Google that a link is in the context of user generated content and should not be trusted.
Other changes to look out for
Big Images are coming to WordPress
Uploading non-optimized, high-resolution pictures from your smartphone isn’t a problem anymore. WordPress now supports resuming uploads when they fail as well as larger default image sizes. That way pictures you add from the block editor look their best no matter how people get to your site.
Automatic image rotation during upload
Your images will be correctly rotated upon upload according to the EXIF orientation. This feature was first proposed nine years ago. Never give up on your dreams to see your fixes land in WordPress!
Site Health Checks
The improvements introduced in 5.3 make it easier to identify and understand areas that may need troubleshooting on your site from the Tools -> Health Check screen.
Admin Email Verification
You’ll now be periodically asked to check that your admin email address is up to date when you log in as an administrator. This reduces the chance that you’ll get locked out of your site if you change your email address.
WordPress 5.3 Beta 1 is now available! but the software is still in development, so usually it is not recommended that you start running it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with the new version.
You can test the WordPress 5.3 beta in two ways:
- Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option)
- Or download the beta here (zip).
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