What’s new in Gutenberg? (18 September)

More than 46 contributors participated in the Gutenberg 6.5 release. It’s the last release that is going to be entirely included in the upcoming WordPress 5.3.

This release comes with a huge number of features, improvements and bug fixes. Among these, the long asked for Social links block.

It also adds support for local auto-saves to avoid content loss even in environments with unstable internet connections. Edits are saved locally, and a warning is displayed with the possibility to restore the local edits if available.

Several blocks have been updated with new features such as the support for border radius changes in the Button block and the possibility to add a caption to the Gallery block.

This release includes the possibility to install blocks that are not available locally directly from the block inserter if you have the required permissions. This feature is marked as experimental feature. A dedicated call for testing will be published soon.




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 6.5.0 4.46s 54.43ms
Gutenberg 6.4.0 4.67s 53.30ms
Gutenberg 5.3 (WordPress 5.2) 6.16s 62.43ms

👏 Kudos to all the contributors. Thank you.

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