What’s new in Gutenberg? (28 August)

With the date of the WordPress 5.3 betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. release approaching, testing 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/ is increasingly more critical. Any help testing the pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party is much appreciated as it may avoid bugs in a future WordPress beta release.

The Gutenberg 6.4 release brings some interesting highlights.

The Cover 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. got two new significant functionalities: the ability to be resized and the ability to use a solid color as a background instead of a video or an image.

Recently we added an APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. that allows themes and plugin developers to create block styles using just PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 calls. In this release, we continued the improvements to the block styles and added the ability for the users to select their preferred default style per block. Each time the user inserts a block, the preferred style is automatically applied.

Another relevant improvement in this release is the introduction of the “Typewriter experience“. We hope this makes writing more “fun” and overall more comfortable, especially on mobile.

6.4 🇫🇷




New APIs

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 6.45.6s66.36ms
Gutenberg 6.35.4s66.87ms
Gutenberg 5.3 (WordPress 5.2)6.0s75.79ms

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