What’s new in Gutenberg? (15th May)

More than 48 contributors participated in this 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/ release. It includes a number of valuable improvements.

The use of the new 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. appender improves the usability of the Group and Columns blocks.

Group Block with the new block appender
Group Block with the new block appender

It’s now possible to set different widths for each column in the columns blocks. The use of a column resizer is planned for a future release.

Custom width support for the columns block
Custom width support for the columns block

The release also comprises important writing flow bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. fixes that are going to be shipped as part of the WordPress 5.2.1 release.



Enhancementenhancement Enhancements are simple improvements to WordPress, such as the addition of a hook, a new feature, or an improvement to an existing feature.

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.

VersionLoading TimeKeyPress event (typing)
Gutenberg 5.3 (WordPress 5.2)6.5s73.55ms
Gutenberg 4.8 (WordPress 5.1)14.6s245.21ms

👏 Kudos to all the contributors. Thank you.

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