What’s New in Gutenberg? (6th March)

As we dive into the block-based widgets screen, foundational work is required to support using the Gutenberg editor outside the Post Editor context. This release falls into this category of releases where it’s more about building the foundations and making the Gutenberg modules more flexible to support these new use-cases.

It introduces a new @wordpress/block-editor module allowing building block editors outside the post editor context and even outside the WordPress Admin context. This has some costs on the performance of the keypress events while working on very long posts that we hope to alleviate in the upcoming releases.



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 5.2.0 11.7 seconds 57.8 ms
Gutenberg 5.1.0 11.4 seconds 22.25 ms
Gutenberg 4.8 (WordPress 5.1) 15.1 seconds 126 ms
Gutenberg 4.7 (WordPress 5.0) 16 seconds 185.2 ms

👏 Kudos to all the contributors. Thank you.

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