Another day and another update to WordPress…today WordPress 5.3 “Kirk” hit the streets. Here is some information about 5.3 from the WordPress.org blog:
Introducing our most refined user experience with the improved block editor in WordPress 5.3! Named “Kirk” in honour of jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the latest and greatest version of WordPress is available for download or update in your dashboard.
5.3 expands and refines the block editor with more intuitive interactions and improved accessibility. New features in the editor increase design freedoms, provide additional layout options and style variations to allow designers more control over the look of a site.
This release also introduces the Twenty Twenty theme giving the user more design flexibility and integration with the block editor. Creating beautiful web pages and advanced layouts has never been easier.
PHP 7.4 Compatibility
WordPress 5.3 aims to fully support PHP 7.4. This release contains multiple changes to remove deprecated functionality and ensure compatibility. WordPress continues to encourage all users to run the latest and greatest versions of PHP.
Read about all of the new features here: https://wordpress.org/news/2019/11/kirk/
This is not a critical update…but many sites today have auto update turned on so you will probably see this updated on your site soon. If not, be sure to manually update it in the near future.
I have run the update on one site and everything went smooth.