WordPress 5.1 released with Site Health feature, developer tools, more

The release focuses on making the popular blogging platform faster and more secure with new tools for site administrators and developers.

Used by more than 60 million websites, including more than 30 percent of the top 10 million websites, WordPress is the most popular website management system in use, according to Wikipedia. Now WordPress version 5.1, dubbed Betty, is out with updates and new features.

Site Health. WordPress now alerts administrators that run outdated versions of PHP, which may have potential speed and security issues. It also determines whether a plugin requires a version of PHP incompatible with your site and will not allow installation if so.

Improved editor performance. The focus here has been to speed up the editor and make the overall interface feel smoother and more responsive.

Developer tools. New tools include:

  • Multisite metadata
  • Updated Cron API
  • New JavaScript build processes
  • Other miscellaneous improvements

For more information, including a complete list of updates and links to download new files, see the official WordPress 5.1 installation and update information page.


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