WordPress 6.4, “Shirley”, was released on November 7, 2023. It is the third and final major release of 2023. It includes several new features and improvements, including:
- A new, flexible default theme called Twenty Twenty-Four: Twenty Twenty-Four is a versatile theme that can be used for multiple types of websites, from small business sites to personal blogs. It comes with templates and patterns that can be customized to match your brand and style.
- New block editor features: The block editor in WordPress 6.4 includes several new features that make it easier to create and edit content. For example, you can now add borders and backgrounds to individual blocks.
- Performance improvements: WordPress 6.4 includes performance improvements. For example, the lazy loading feature now supports images and videos in blocks, and the new image loading optimization feature can reduce the size of your images without sacrificing quality.
- Accessibility improvements: WordPress 6.4 includes accessibility improvements. For example, the new block accessibility checker can help you identify and fix accessibility issues in your blocks.
In addition to these new features and improvements, WordPress 6.4 includes bug fixes and security updates.
How to upgrade to WordPress 6.4
To upgrade to WordPress 6.4, you can either use the automatic update feature in your WordPress dashboard or you can manually install the update.
To use the automatic update feature, simply login to your WordPress dashboard and go to Dashboard > Updates. If there is an update available, you will see a notification. Click the Update Now button to start the update process.
To manually install the update, download the WordPress 6.4 release package from the WordPress website. Once you have downloaded the package, extract it to a folder on your computer. Then, upload the contents of the folder to your WordPress site using an FTP client. Once you have uploaded the files, log in to your WordPress dashboard and go to Dashboard > Updates. Click the Activate button to complete the update process.