What’s new in Gutenberg? (4 November)

This is the first 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/ release that is not going to be included entirely in WordPress 5.6. The important bug fixes were backported to WordPress 5.6 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. 2 and 3.

In addition to the stability work for WordPress 5.6, the contributors also focused on improvements to the Full-site editing flows. The FSE experiment will be automatically enabled if you activate a 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.-based theme.

The site editor and its navigation panel saw a lot of improvements as well.

Site Editor Screen

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  • Support for all units in Font Size presets. (26475)
  • Sort post formats alphabetically by translated name. (26305)
  • Ensure Alignment options are always rendered in the same order. (26269)
  • Buttons block: Overhaul alignment and justification controls. (23168)
  • a11yAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility): Retain focus position when tabbing back to the block toolbar. (25760)
  • Dark mode UIUI User interface enhancements. (26483) (26510)
  • Social Links: Add Patreon, Telegram, and Tiktok icons. (26118)

Bug Fixes

  • Fix Visual regressionregression A software bug that breaks or degrades something that previously worked. Regressions are often treated as critical bugs or blockers. Recent regressions may be given higher priorities. A "3.6 regression" would be a bug in 3.6 that worked as intended in 3.5. on the color palette editor. (26614)
  • wordpress/scripts: Fix error in ignore-emit-webpack-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. (26591)
  • Cover block: Restore default overlay background. (26569) (26625)
  • i18ni18n Internationalization, or the act of writing and preparing code to be fully translatable into other languages. Also see localization. Often written with a lowercase i so it is not confused with a lowercase L or the numeral 1. Often an acquired skill.: Fix incorrectly pluralized strings. (26565)
  • Limit the editor interface to max-width 100%. (26552)
  • Ensure editor footer remains at the bottom of the screen when navigating regions. (26533)
  • URLInput: Use debounce() instead of throttle(). (26529)
  • Heading Block: Fix double alignment controls in toolbar. (26492)
  • Fix Block preview vertical offset. (26487)
  • Reusable Blocks: Make the number retrieved from the 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. unlimited. (26486)
  • Fix editor error when an empty reusable block exists. (26484)
  • Latest Posts: Add missing classname. (26477)
  • Fix single column block display for smaller screens. (26438)
  • Turn off autocomplete for ComboboxControl components. (26427)
  • Fix parent post selector initial value and search. (26397)
  • Fix gallery block undo issue. (26377)
  • Fix spellings in the Getting Started guide. (26310)
  • Fix embed blocks rendering in widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. areas. (26307)
  • Fix design of color/gradient controls. (26255)
  • Fix drop zone indicators for non blocks. (25986)
  • Fix left and right alignments for video embeds. (24847)
  • Next Page block: Center text properly. (26515)

New APIs

  • Allow text buttons in DropdownMenu. (26425)
  • Support custom viewportWidth in block previews (example). (26346)
  • Change updateSelection property to false for InnerBlocks. (26312)


  • Full Site Editing :
    • Disable customizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. and widgets screens. (26594)
    • Automatically enable FSE experiment. (26500)
    • Remove the demo templates. (26419)
    • Strip post ids from template part blocks on export. (26268)
    • Allow themes to live in a subdirectory. (26391)
  • Introduce the layout prop to InnerBlocks. (26380)
  • Site Editor
    • Add Dropdown to Create Generic Templates. (26284)
    • Prevent inserter overscroll. (26432) (26583)
    • Fix dirty template and template parts on template creation. (26560)
    • Fix composite role warnings triggered by template part previews. (26406)
    • Reduce the Amount of Data Passed Through the Components Tree. (26463)
    • Add the option to convert a template part to regular blocks. (26488)
    • Fix Invisible Template Previews in the SidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme.. (26424)
    • Add convert to template part flow. (20445)
    • Fix custom template part theme metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress.. (26587)
  • Query block:
    • Add initial variations. (26378)
    • Add sticky support. (26279)
  • Global Styles:
    • Use block settings on the block panels. (26218)
    • Fix: Font size picker regression on edit site global styles. (26603)
    • Process settings only once. (26330)
  • Navigation Component:
    • Add Support for RTL Languages. (26334)
    • Styling revisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision.. (26338)
    • Fix focus behavior when opening the panel. (26296)
    • Fix the height of the Navigation panel and make it scrollable. (26187)
    • Search Control in Menu Titles. (25315)
  • Use a DropdownMenu for menu selection on the navigation screen. (25390)


  • Update glossary to include more block-based terminology. (26478)
  • Update triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. documentation for clarity around closing issues and labels. (26480)
  • Update WordPress versions document to include 5.6. (26365)
  • Typos and tweaks: (26491), (26553), (26437), (26400), (26566).
  • Storybook: Fix broken BlockDraggable story. (26457) (26431)

Code Quality

  • Remove anonymous components from global styles sidebar. (26604)
  • Add types to components:
    • Tip. (26173)
    • BaseControl and VisuallyHidden. (26078)
  • Improve wordpress/I18n types. (26171)
  • Migrate to builtin data controls. (25993) (25949) (25773) (25990) (26509) (25772)
  • Chore: Ensure WordPress packages share the same hoisted dependencies. (26453)
  • Use CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets.-in-JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors. in wordpress/components:

Build Tooling

  • Components: Copy SCSS file from reactReact React is a JavaScript library that makes it easy to reason about, construct, and maintain stateless and stateful user interfaces. https://reactjs.org/.-dates to components package. (26534)
  • webpack: Replace legacy namedChunks/namedModules options with chunkIds/moduleIds. (26502)
  • Rewrite sideEffects flags to use only positive patterns. (26452)
  • Load the Twenty Twenty-one theme by default in Gutenberg’s local environement. (26414)
  • Build: Assign the library exports to window.wp rather than this.wp. (26272)
  • Move to Dart Sass compiler. (25628)
  • Fix composer test failures due to invalidinvalid A resolution on the bug tracker (and generally common in software development, sometimes also notabug) that indicates the ticket is not a bug, is a support request, or is generally invalid. lock. (26472)
  • Update node-watch to 0.7.0. (26403)
  • Release tool: Support multiple RCs. (25971)
  • jest-puppeteer-axe: Migrate to @axe-coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress./puppeteer. (25659)
  • Improve End-to-End tests stability:
    • Fix autosave end-to-end tests. (26416)
    • Fix ‘Multi entity saving -> site editor’ end-to-end failures. (26371)
    • Fix Twenty Twenty One related end-to-end test failures. (26341)
    • Fix demo test by disabling the welcome dialog. (26314)
    • Disable BlockPreviews from axe-core tests. (26527)
    • Site editor: Fix end-to-end tests navigation panel. (26454)
    • Consolidate sequential multi-entity-saving tests. (26373)
    • Make the adding patterns test stable. (26345)


  • Create Block: Update the list of categories to pick from. (26448)
  • Removes extra full stop from preferences. (26586)
  • wordpress/scripts: Configure all the tools to skip vendor folder. (26450)

Performance Benchmark

The following benchmark compares performance for a particularly sizeable post (~36,000 words, ~1,000 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 9.36.6s27.16ms
Gutenberg 9.26.2s26.62ms
WordPress 5.56.4s27.53ms

Kudos for all the contributors that helped with the release. 👏

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