WordPress 6.0 is the second major release of 2022 — This new release contains significant updates to the whole site editing experience, bringing in a new way to build websites.
In this article, We’ll show you what’s new in WordPress 6.0. and which features you should try after updating your WordPress.
WARNING: Don’t forget to create a complete WordPress backup before updating.
WordPress 5.9, released in January 2022, introduced Full Site Editing through the block editor, which the WordPress team hopes to take further with WordPress 6. Just because something is already pretty great doesn’t mean that there isn’t ever room for further improvements and refinements.
New Features and Improvements
- Code Editor Now Availabel in Site Editor
Now you can see what’s going on behind the scenes when you use the site Editor. WordPress 6.0 includes the ability to switch to the code editor.
- Block Locing Controls
Each block now includes a locking option with a lock attribute for every block. Using a new controls modal, the new block locking UI lets you disable some actions for locked blocks. When a block is locked, users are either unable to move it, remove it, or both.
- Improvements for List View
List view keeps getting better! Gutenberg 6.0 includes a few improvements to improve the block editor experience for List View.
New Keyboard Shortcuts
For example, new keyboard shortcuts allow you to select multiple blocks at the same level, and then drag and drop them to move them around.
To select multiple blocks, the keyboard shortcuts are:
Shift Key + Click
Shift Key + Up/Down arrow
For multi-block selection, use:
Shift key+Home and End keys
- New Color Panel and Improved Color Picker
To reduce clutter on the design tools sidebar and improve the user experience, WordPress 6.0 adds a new dropdown-based color picker. The new color picker makes it easier to pick a few colors back-to-back, which improves the color editing experience, and unifies the controls with other design tools. This new color panel design saves space, but still shows your options at a glance.
- Select Text Across Multiple Blocks
Finally! Now you can select and copy text that span multiple blocks. If you use the block editor frequently, you know that Gutenberg doesn’t always work well as a text editor. This usability improvement is a needed change to bridge the gap between Gutenberg as a block editor and Gutenberg as a text editor.
- Gap Support for Gallery Block
The gap support functionality in the Gallery block allows you to create different looks–from adding spacing between all images, to removing spacing altogether. It’s now easier to make beautiful galleries. You can now control the space around images in the Gallery block, from zero whitespace to large “art gallery” style gaps using the Block Spacing setting.
- Use Featured Images in Cover Block
The updated Cover block makes it easier to showcase and feature images. Just click the “Use Featured Image” button, and that’s it! This update will be especially useful for building the single post template with Full Site Editing.
- New Buttons Preserve Styling from Adjacent Buttons
Inserting new buttons just got better! When you insert a new Button Block, it will automatically retain the styling from adjacent buttons. You can create customized buttons and any new buttons you make will retain the style customizations automatically.
- New Avatar, Post Author Biography and Read More Blocks
The new Avatar block displays the avatar of a specific user or the author of the post. An avatar is an image that you can use to display your own identity, or the identity of the author of a post.
The Post Author Biography block allows you to display the biography of the post author. Just note that this biography is pulled in from the User > Profile page so the text isn’t editable.
Now you can add a read more button that links to a post. For example, this block could be useful when building out a category template in the Site Editor. Specifically, the Read More block provides a simple way to link to a single page or post within the Query block.
- New Page Templates
Full Site Editing with a block-based theme unlocks the ability to edit site templates. In WordPress, these have traditionally been the code files that control how important parts of your site are structured and styled.
404 – The “page” that displays when no content is found.
Single Post – How a single post displays.
Page – How a single page displays.
Home – Your home page.
index – The “page” that displays all your posts. Single Post (No Separators)
Page (No Separators)
Release Lead: Matt Mullenweg
Release Coordinators: Héctor Prieto and Anne McCarthy
Core Tech Lead: Peter Wilson
Editor Tech Leads: Adam Zieliński and Greg Ziółkowski
Core Triage Leads: Ahmed Chaion and Colin Stewart
Core Editor Triage Lead: Nick Diego
Documentation Leads: Birgit Pauli-Haack, Milana Cap, and Abha Thakor
Marketing & Communications Lead: Dan Soschin
Test Leads: Piotrek Boniu and Brian Alexander
Design Lead: Channing Ritter
All release decisions will ultimately be this release teams’ to make and communicate while gathering input from the community.
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