WordPress released it latest version 6.3 on August 8,2023 and following the tradition, it’s named Lionel after famous Jazz musician Lionel Hampton.
This article talks about how this latest WordPress version benefits an eCommerce business which is using WordPress and whether, it is worth updating to this latest version.
- The most important feature is that this version makes the loading of your website a lot faster. So, a customer who is visiting your eCommerce store won’t have to wait long for the site to load and hence, this leads to a smooth user experience.
- The other important feature is that they have optimized ‘Lazy Loading’. Lazy Loading is a technique that informs the browser which images and content are not critical and so can be skipped for first viewpoint screen. In other words, this technique informs the browser what images, iFrames, content to load which is important at the start thereby reducing the waiting time of the End User.
- In this version, WordPress has optimized this feature to accurately detect which images to be abandoned for the first viewpoint.
- Last but not the least, in this version, several past bugs have been fixed and as a result, there should be no hinderance in optimizing a LCP score. For those who do not know about LCP score, it is one of the very important metrics as it measures how quickly the main content of a webpage is loaded. So, a higher LCP score will result in Image optimization and SEO improvement.
Overall, upgrading to WordPress version 6.3 will improve the overall performance of the website via faster loading speed, improved SEO and optimized lazy loading.