WordPress 5.3 “Kirk” Released — How to Install | Upgrade on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04

WordPress 5.3 “Kirk”, named in honor American jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk is now Available to download to install or upgrade existing sites..

This release comes with many features, including a new default theme (Twenty Twenty), user interface improvements, new block editor features and a new requirement to have PHP native JSON extension for any site running WordPress 5.3 or later…

WordPress administrators should be able to download the latest version or via update link in the site’s admin dashboard…

Following the major 5.0 and up to 5.2,  this release also introduced many new block editor  features, as well as improvements to the block editor interface, the underlying JavaScript module and others…For more about this release, please check the release page from here

Some highlights are listed below:

  • Full support for PHP 7.4
  • PHP Native JSON Extension Now Required
  • New Block APIs in WordPress 5.3
  • Site Admin Email Verification
  • Improved Site Health Checks
  • Robots meta tag now used for discouraging search engines from listing a site.
  • New meta key comparison operators added.

Below are tutorials that show students and new users how to install WordPress with Apache2 or Nginx webserver support on Ubuntu servers… If you want to learn how to install WordPress, use the tutorials below…

Install WordPress with Apache2 Support

If you want to learn how to install WordPress with Apache2, MariaDB and PHP 7.2, the post below is a great place to start…

Install WordPress with Nginx Support

To learn how to install WordPress with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.2 support, the post below should be a great place to start…

Upgrading WordPress

If your sites are not configured to automatically upgrade, then go over to WordPress Dashboard → Updates and click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update automatically.

WordPress 5.3 Update

This will update WordPress to the latest release… hope you enjoy it and stay tuned for more new and tutorials on installing and using WordPress to power your blogs and websites…

WordPress 5.3 update

That’s it!

Again, if you haven’t upgraded to version 5.2, you may want to do so now to take advantage of these improvements…

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