What’s new in Gutenberg? (17th April)

More than 48 contributors participated in this Gutenberg release. It marks the addition of the very expected Group block (sometimes referred to as container or section block). It’s a minimal version at the moment and improvements about the flows to add inner blocks, group/ungroup blocks are expected in follow-up releases.

The bug fixes from this release will be backported to WordPress Core in order to ship in the upcoming WordPress 5.2 release.

This release includes a lot of improvements to existing blocks and flows.

Enhanced Media & Text Block
Resizing blocks and images




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 5.5.0 6.4s 71.1ms
Gutenberg 5.4.0 6.5s 78.5ms
Gutenberg 4.8 (WordPress 5.1) 8.6s 154.1ms
Gutenberg 4.7 (WordPress 5.0) 11.2s 191.44ms

👏 Kudos to all the contributors. Thank you.

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