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Online WordPress Portsmouth Meetup - What's new in WordPress 5.5 & how to use it

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Online WordPress Portsmouth Meetup - What's new in WordPress 5.5 & how to use it


Join the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 16 September 2020 to discover what’s new in WordPress 5.5 and how to use it.

By mid-September 2020, WordPress 5.5 should have been live for about 5 weeks. WordPress 5.5 “Eckstine” was released on 11 August 2020.

The event starts at 7pm BST (6pm UTC). We will be providing a Zoom link for you to connect to the online Meetup.

To get the link, please register to attend this #OnlineWPMeetup.

There are quite a few changes that affect the end user, including:

Automatic plugin and theme updates
Block editor changes – updated to match Gutenberg v8.5/6/7

  • New UI design
  • Block inserter
    • Block directory and search
    • Block patterns and search
  • Image editor
    Lazy loading
    XML sitemaps

Our intention is to help explain some of the changes and how to use them.

If you’ve already installed WordPress 5.5. you may have already seen the About WordPress 5.5. page, which featured a few silent videos. If you want to see it again, visit


We will be joined by a number of contributors involved in or supporting the WordPress 5.5 release. Abha Thakor has led on the user-focused question and answers, developed as a pilot for future releases. She is on the Release Squad for 5.5 and 5.6 and is one of the Marketing Team reps.

She will be joined by colleague on the Q&As working group and developer Christopher Churchill and Nemanja Cimbaljevic, who will walk attendees through many of the new features in 5.5.

We will be joined by a number of other people involved and have a member of the Release Squad and Core Committers who will give an insight on how you can get involved, help with tickets and testing with future releases.

Christopher Churchill is the Head of Support & Expert Community at Codeable. He has been developing websites professionally since 2011, mostly on WordPress. Today, he oversees the support and expert community teams at Codeable and is responsible for enabling both clients and experts to thrive and succeed on the platform.

Nemanja Cimbaljevic, is a backend developer since PHP4, and a WordPress and open-source advocate.



All levels of experience of WordPress and website publishing welcome. We are a learning and development group. We welcome WordPress beginners.
As this is a virtual meetup attendees can come from far and wide.

Please sign-up if you intend to join the Meetup. If you are new to the group, please can you complete your Meetup profile to help us plan topics.

To find the times in your location, websites like can help. Put in the timezone you want to convert (7pm BST in this case), and enter your location timezone to view your local time.

• 7.00pm - Connect to Zoom, bring your own drink and chat
• 7.10pm - Organisers’ introduction to the online meeting
• 7:15pm - Talks start...
• 8:45pm - Wrap-up

• Keep up to date on this event and others on the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup website - WordUp Pompey!


Bring your own.


• Find us on Twitter @wppompey or connect with us on your web related topic ideas using #wppompey

• If you would like to help organise the WordPress Portsmouth MeetUp, offer a talk or sponsor an event, let us know in the #meetup-portsmouth Slack channel for the UK WordPress community.


Thank you to our sponsors and for supporting us. Attendees at the event will receive details of special hosting discounts.

Thanks to Non Stop Business Support, Bobbing Wide and Drew Westcott for their in-kind sponsorship of this WordPress Meetup.

Thanks also go to Susan Cowe Miller for use of her Zoom Pro account.

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