What’s new in Gutenberg? (29th May)

More than 42 contributors participated in this Gutenberg release. It includes a number of valuable improvements and two important bug fixes that are going to be backported into the next WordPress 5.2.2 release.

The work to improve the built-in block library is still ongoing. Heading blocks support custom text colors and we plan to expand this to other textual blocks in the future.

Gallery images can now be reordered inline without opening the media modal. Drag and drop support is being explored.

This release includes a working proof-of-concept of the block-based widgets screen. You’ll be able to edit/update your widgets areas using any available block. This will allow us to polish the UI and clear out bugs in the next 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 5.8.0 5.4s 64.9ms
Gutenberg 5.7.0 5.6s 65.8ms
Gutenberg 5.3 (WordPress 5.2) 6.1s 64.2ms
Gutenberg 4.8 (WordPress 5.1) 7.7s 150.6ms

👏 Kudos to all the contributors. Thank you.

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