What’s New in Gutenberg? (6th March)

As we dive into 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.-based widgets screen, foundational work is required to support using the 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/ editor outside the Post Editor context. This releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. falls into this categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. 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 Adminadmin (and super 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



  • Introduce a generic block editor module.
  • Creates an empty page that will contain the future widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. screen explorations.
  • Fix emoji in the demo content.
  • Warn when the user is using an inline element as a RichText container.
  • Makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). Babel import JSX pragma plugin aware of the createElement usage.
  • Include the JSX pragma plugin into the default WordPress babel config.
  • Update the non-embeddable URLs wording.



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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