What’s new in Gutenberg? (30 October)

Work on 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. content areas and the navigation menuNavigation Menu A theme feature introduced with Version 3.0. WordPress includes an easy to use mechanism for giving various control options to get users to click from one place to another on a site. block is accelerating in this release.

In the meantime, this release continues the work on Gradients support and expand it to the Cover block while relying on classnames instead of inline styles

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Block Nested selection and interactions is still being improved with a new Block Breadcrumb Bar allowing to quickly navigate the block hierarchy of . the current selection.

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New APIs


Add knobs to the ColorIndicator Story.

  • Several other enhancements to existing stories.
  • Linting fixes for Storybook config.
  • Fix Lint warnings triggered by JSDoc definitions.
  • Reorganize e2e tests specs into three folders: editor, experimental and 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.
  • Cleanup skipped e2e tests.
  • Add a link to Storybook from the 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/ playground.
  • Optimize the wordpress/compose package to support tree-shaking.
  • Code Quality:
  • Fix several issues related to Node 12 becoming LTS.
  • Add the Block Inspector to the Gutenberg playground.


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)
WordPress 5.26.1s63.22ms

👏 Kudos to all the contributors. Thank you.

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