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WordPress 6.4 Codenamed “Shirley” Released

WordPress 6.4 has arrived, bringing many improvements to editing and developing plus an advanced default theme with 35 layout patterns

Josepha Haden Chomphosy, Executive Director of WordPress, described WordPress 6.4 best.

A new toolbar interface for navigation, list and quote blocks is attached to the parent block keeps it out of the way yet handy when needed.

“New enhancements ensure your content creation journey is smooth. Find new keyboard shortcuts in List View, smarter list merging, and enhanced control over link settings.

A cohesive toolbar experience for the Navigation, List, and Quote blocks lets you work efficiently with the tooling options you need.”

“Block Hooks enables developers to automatically insert dynamic blocks at specific content locations, enriching the extensibility of block themes through plugins.

While considered a developer tool, this feature is geared to respect your preferences and gives you complete control to add, dismiss, and customize auto-inserted blocks to your needs.”

“Most of the changes I’m seeing for 6.4 aren’t terribly “sexy” — but there are hundreds of smaller improvements that, collectively, will keep WordPress moving forward nicely, so I’m happy to see the progress being made.

The changes to attachment pages will be a big help for SEO. By default, WordPress creates a separate “attachment page” for every media item, which can create hundreds (or thousands!) of useless, “thin content” pages. We still see clients who have these attachment pages but aren’t using them, or even aware that they exist. Particularly with the Helpful Content Updates recently, getting rid of those can really help improve a site’s overall SEO posture.

Katie Keith (LinkedIn profile), CEO of Barn2 Plugins (a plugin development company) was enthusiastic about this release.

The new image lightboxes in WordPress 6.4 will be really useful, as so many website visitors expect to be able to click on an image to see a bigger version of it.

I was pleased to see that WordPress 6.4 has a new option to mark links as nofollow. Previously, you had to do this by switching to code view and adding the nofollow attribute manually, so having an option for this is much more user-friendly.”

While there are reports of conflicts with the Oxygen Visual Page Builder, the overall reaction is positive with much appreciation to the WordPress core team for another great release.

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