Wordpress 5.3

WordPress 5.3.3 (beta 3) was released on the 8 of October and there was something really interesting about it. One exciting enhancement that hasn’t received much attention yet is WordPress’ updated handling of large images.

Many WordPress administrators don’t think about the size of the images. Modern smartphones are capable of producing very high-quality images at very large file sizes. WordPress 5.3 will automatically detect large images and generate a “web-optimized maximum size.”  (default threshold of 2560px)

WordPress will store the original image size. And that it is still accessible and a new function is available for fetching its path: wp_get_original_image_path()

This should not make any problems if you are using any image compressors like Imsanity, Smushit, and EWWW Image Optimizer. The default settings that they often hook into and use to perform additional optimizations aren’t changed at all.

Not only that but WordPress announced that they will abandon the traditional Robots.txt. The solution in favor is the Robots Meta Tag. The change brings WordPress in line with the reason for blocking Google, which is to keep the blocked pages from showing in Google’s search results.

<meta name=’robots’ content=’noindex,nofollow’ />

This is the tag that it will use

When a publisher currently selects “discourage search engines from indexing this site” what that does is add an entry to the site’s robots.txt that prohibits Google from crawling a site.

Starting with WordPress 5.3, WordPress will adopt the more reliable Robots Meta Tag approach for preventing the indexing of a website.

If you need any help to understand it or checking if your website will have problems with it you can contact us for more information.