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Handy Code Snippets for WordPress 5.5

WordPress 5.5 was released on the 11th of August. The new release of WordPress includes a number of new features.

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All of the new features in WordPress 5.5 have filters that can be used to disable those features if they are not needed.

WordPress core now supports native lazy loading since most browsers now support native lazy loading.

To be able to disable the lazy-load feature in WordPress you can use this code snippet;

add_filter( 'wp_lazy_loading_enabled', '__return_false' );

One of the larger new features is a sitemaps XML feature which will generate a XML sitemaps for all public sites. A number of SEO plugins or other plugins that already help generate an XML sitemap like Yoast SEO,  Rank Math SEO and Jetpack have as a temporary fix disabled the sitemap XML in the core. Yoast SEO and Jetpack plugins will be using the sitemaps XML feature in the core when WordPress 5.6 is released and then start building off of the core feature. The reason why you would want to disable the sitemaps XML feature if you are already using a plugin that already handles sitemaps XML creation so you do not end up with two sitemaps being created.

To be able to disable the sitemap XML feature you can use this code snippet;

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add_filter( 'wp_sitemaps_enabled', '__return_false' );

WordPress 5.5 includes a new feature that has been targeted to be included in the core for a while auto-updates for plugins and themes. The new auto-updates feature for plugins and theme is a manual opt-in since by default no plugins will be updated automatically unless those plugins are selected to be updated. Since plugins and themes are already being updated by using MainWP there are two filters to be able to disable the UI for plugins and themes.

To disable the UI for the auto-updates plugins feature you can use this code snippet;

add_filter( 'plugins_auto_update_enabled', '__return_false' );

To disable the UI for the auto-updates themes feature you can use this code snippet;

add_filter( 'themes_auto_update_enabled', '__return_false' );

All of these code snippets will help in being able to disable features added in WordPress 5.5 that you may not need to use on your child sites.

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