WordPress 5.0 Field Guide

WordPress 5.0 is officially the best WordPress 2018 has seen!  Users will be empowered with new and exciting tools to create to create truly unique sites while developers can to take advantage of 10 enhancements and features added.  Let’s look at the many improvements coming in 5.0…

Heard of GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/?

Not much has changed since 4.9.8, except this thing we lovingly call Gutenberg.  The Gutes.  Guten-all-the-things.  The BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. Editor.  Want to build Gutenblocks?  We’ve got details on filters in the new block editor.  We’ve got compatibility flags you can set when adding a metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. box to load the block editor or to fall back to the classic editor. There is also designer and developer documentation in the handbook.

JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. 🌐 and 🗣️

We’re bringing the internationalization capabilities that have existed in PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 for years to the world of JavaScript.  You can also translate strings in JavaScript files and distribute them via https://translate.wordpress.org.  The long-wished-for JavaScript actions and filters are now also available in core.

Default Themes

With all the excitement of the new block editor there is some exciting news on the default themes front. First, WordPress 5.0 welcomes the newest default theme to the family, Twenty Nineteen.

But, preexisting default themes have not been left behind! All preexisting default themes have been updated to be fully compatible with the new editor.

Media WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You Get What You See Is What You Get. Most commonly used in relation to editors, where changes made in edit mode reflect exactly as they will translate to the published page.

5.0 brings a new way to interact with media within the editor, getting us to the world of a truly “what you see is what you getWhat You See Is What You Get What You See Is What You Get. Most commonly used in relation to editors, where changes made in edit mode reflect exactly as they will translate to the published page.” experience.  Some things have moved around, some new methods have been added, and new features abound; read below for details.

✉️🏷️s (Post Labels)

Five additional labels have been made available for custom post types, but you’ll have to click through below to learn more.  I dare you, click through.  Do it.

REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/.

The 5.0 release brings a handful of great new REST API endpoints with it to power the new block editor. In addition to the new endpoints, there are a handful of other REST API changes to be aware of.

But Wait, There is More!

Over 26 bugs, 8 enhancements, 2 feature requests, and 6 blessed tasks have been marked as fixed in WordPress 5.0. Some additional ones to highlight include:

  • Add CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org sanitization to kses (#45067): Authors & Contributors can now use CSS in the post_content with a URL value, such as background-image. Used to get stripped out.

Please, test your code. Fixing issues helps you and helps millions of WordPress sites.


Update (2018-12-06): Added “JavaScript Packages and Interoperability in 5.0 and Beyond

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