For a platform that reportedly powers more than 33% of websites today, WordPress has a responsibility to offer a very secure software, for the good of the internet. It’s the latest iteration takes a strong step in the direction of security.
Released on 7 May 2019, WordPress 5.2 improves on its security feature named Site Health Check that was initially released in WordPress 5.1. It not only offers suggestions on security improvements on a WordPress installation but also optimizations that can lead to improved server performance.
Its new PHP Error Protection allows an Admin to fix PHP errors that may be caused by themes or plugins without the immediate intervention of a PHP developer. It offers a user-friendly page instead of the previous “white screen of death”.
Other updated features include Accessibility Updates, New Dashboard Icons and Plugin Compatibility Checks.
While the minimum version of PHP now required by WordPress is PHP 5.6.20, it plays nice with other newer versions including PHP 7, 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3.