What’s new in Gutenberg? (15th May)

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

The use of the new Block 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 bug fixes that are going to be shipped as part of the WordPress 5.2.1 release.

5.7

Features

Enhancement

Bug Fixes

Documentation

Various

Mobile

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 5.7.0 7.8s 81.89ms
Gutenberg 5.6.0 9.1s 96.52ms
Gutenberg 5.3 (WordPress 5.2) 6.5s 73.55ms
Gutenberg 4.8 (WordPress 5.1) 14.6s 245.21ms

👏 Kudos to all the contributors. Thank you.

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