What’s New in Gutenberg? (20th February)

More than 51 contributors participated in this release. It marks an important milestone for Phase 2, as it’s the end of the porting widgets to blocks project. Next releases will be focused on explorations around the Widgets screen.

Widgets 2 Blocks

This release also includes a big refactoring to the formatting buttons and the RichText component, allowing us to fix a significant number of issues and to improve the writing flow.

Core blocks (aside from the Classic block) are not using TinyMCE under the hood anymore. This change should not have any perceivable impact, as the APIs of the RichText component and the custom formats registration have not changed.

In addition, contributors have worked on a number of improvements to existing blocks and UI micro-animations.

Enhanced Menus

Click to activate embed blocks




Bug Fixes





Performance Benchmark

The following benchmark compares performance for a particularly sizeable post (~ 36000 words, ~ 1000 blocks) over the last releases. Such a large post isn’t representative of the average editing experience, but is adequate for spotting variations in performance.

Version Loading Time KeyPress event (typing)
Gutenberg 5.1.0 9.4 seconds 16.4ms
Gutenberg 5.0.0 10.4 seconds 16.4ms
Gutenberg 4.8 (WordPress 5.1) 13.6 seconds 158.2ms
Gutenberg 4.7 (WordPress 5.0) 15.1 seconds 203.5ms

👏 Kudos to all the contributors. Thank you.

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