WordPress 5.7 “Esperanza” Released with Fresh Colors, Greater Flexibility, and Enhanced Editor

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The first major release of this year, WordPress 5.7 has been released and has been named after a modern musical prodigy, Esperanza Spalding. So, let’s welcome the update, WordPress 5.7 “Esperanza”!

If you’ve been staying updated with the latest buzzes on WordPress, you might know about the major changes that are taking place in WordPress 5.7. The new WordPress 5.7 Esperanza came with features and updates that we had already discussed in the Betas and Release Candidates. WordPress 5.7 Esperanza mainly focused on providing the best version of WordPress with simpler interactions and more focus on the content.  The update introduces the drag-and-drop feature for block patterns and fresh colors in the admin. Apart from the enhanced block editor, the 5.7 update also includes one-click migration from HTTP to HTTPS, lazy loading iFrames, New Robots API, and more.

WordPress 5.7 Esperanza Updates

Block Editor Enhancements

Like any other major update, WordPress 5.7 also includes an array of amazing performance enhancements regarding the Gutenberg Editor. The default block editor includes features from the last 7 Gutenberg Plugin Update releases (from 9.3 to 9.9). Moreover, performance improvements from versions 10.0 and 10.1 have also been included in WordPress 5.7.

Here are some of the highlights included to further enhance the Block Editor:

  • Font size adjustments in more places like the List and Code blocks
  • Buttons block: Overhaul alignment and justification controls
  • Adds variations for vertical layout on the Buttons block
  • Buttons block: Adds width selector
  • Cover block: Full Height Alignment control
  • Social Icons block: Adds Patreon, Telegram, and Tiktok icons
  • Social Icons block: Adds the ability to change social icon sizes
  • Spacer block: Use a semi-transparent background
  • Adds block variations transformations
  • Drag-and-Drop blocks & block patterns from the inserter into the canvas

One-Click Migration from HTTP to HTTPS

You can now migrate a site to HTTPS from HTTP in just a click. URLs in the database are automatically replaced when the Site and WordPress Address are both using HTTPS.  Also, Site Health now includes an HTTPS status check.

Lazy Loading iFrames

By default, WordPress will now add a loading=”lazy” attribute to iframe tags when both width and height are specified.

Enhanced Color Palette in WP-Admin CSS

You will see an updated color palette in WP-Admin CSS with WordPress 5.7 installed. The available seven core colors – blue, green, red, yellow, grey, black, and white make it simpler to build components that are easy on the eye. Along with the seven core colors, there is a wide range of 56 shades that goes along with the recommended contrast ratio against white or black.

New Robots API

The new Robots API allows the filter directives to be included in the ‘robots’ meta tag. Also, the directive max-image-preview:large is now included by default. It allows large image previews to be displayed in search engines (unless the blog is marked as not being public).


The lead for this major update was Matt Mullenweg and Tonya Mork was the Triage Lead.

Other Squad Members:

There were 481 contributors with props in this release. With so many new and improved things this time, the WordPress 5.7 release comes with WordPress fully translated into 33 languages with more on the way.

Have you updated to WP 5.7 yet? Did this newest version of WordPress fulfill all your expectations? Let us know in the comments section below.


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