The last major WordPress release of 2022 is now available to download. The new upgrade features a new default theme, new templates, tools and lots more.
The last WordPress release of 2022 is now live, and it’s a big one.
WordPress 6.1 is available to download now and has been titled ‘Misha’ after renowned jazz pianist Mikhail ‘Misha’ Alperin.
The new update claims to ‘give site owners more control and easier customization while offering a more cohesive experience to users’ (WordPress.org) and introduces a range of new and improved features.
Misha showcases a new default theme called Twenty Twenty-Three, this single theme enables users to apply a variety of styles with minimal actions. The theme has passed an extensive accessibility audit and can be found within the ‘accessibility ready’ tag. You can find out more about accessibility within the WordPress community by reading our writeup from this years WordPress Accessibility Day.
Improved performance and accessibility are among the key objectives with this release, with over 60 updates made specifically with accessibility in mind. If you want to find out more about accessibility within the WordPress community, you can read about those specific updates here or you can read our recent article on WP Accessibility Day.
Site admins can also utilise new templates for both site pages and posts, which enable more control and a quicker editing process, thanks to new tools such as search-and-replace.
Other features we’re excited to see rolling out are:
Visit the official WordPress website to view the full list of new features.
Overall, it’s great to see the WordPress core team taking steps to improve accessibility, while also introducing some excellent new functions to aid a consistent style and enhance site performance.
You can hear more about the future of WordPress at this years State Of The Word keynote address from WordPress co-founder, Matt Mullenweg. The event will be livestreamed live from New York on the 15th December.
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