The WordPress coreCoreCore is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. development team builds WordPress! Follow this site for general updates, status reports, and the occasional code debate. There’s lots of ways to contribute:
Found a bugbugA bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority.?Create a ticket in our bug tracker.
The Full Site Editing Go/No Go demo took place a few days ago, where project leadership determined what new features should be included in WordPress 5.8 based on their current status, feedback gathered in calls for testing, and the prospect of achieving a solid implementation before the feature freeze.
This post aims to provide a high-level overview of the focuses to attend to before the feature freeze; linked individual actionable GitHubGitHubGitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ items further develop lower-level requirements to complete. Individual items are also being tracked in the WordPress 5.8 FSE Must Haves project board.
According to the WordPress 5.8 pre-planning schedule, the feature freeze will take place on May 25th, leaving room for the following GutenbergGutenbergThe 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/pluginPluginA 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 releases to be merged:
RCrelease candidateOne of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). release date
Stable release date
To align with this schedule, the last version to be merged in coreCoreCore is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. before the feature freeze will be 10.7-RC, with any future bugfix applied before or after the stable 10.7.0 being ported as well. Moreover, to ease new feature testing with more frequent merges, as suggested in a recent dev chat, Gutenberg 10.4 -without experimental features- is already available in WordPress core.
Apart from all the incremental improvements included by merging up to 9 plugin releases, from Gutenberg 9.9 to 10.7, the following work-in-progress features are targeted for 5.8 and should become stable by Gutenberg 10.7.
BlockBlockBlock 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. theme building
Block themes might arguably represent one of the biggest core theme-building paradigm changes in the last decade. As such, a huge effort is being done to achieve a future-proof, evolvable foundation. With most of the infrastructure ready, the focus remains on the theme.json configuration file, and the “block supports” mechanism:
These blocks should display a badge in the inserter, denoting they are new blocks that, while completely stable and functional, might still need some UXUXUser experience polishing and are meant to experiment and tinker around.
Template editing within the post editor
With one of the targets for 5.8 being to introduce block templates, users will be able to create custom block templates for posts and pages in classic themes. Although this feature mostly relies on the existing site editing infrastructure already available in the plugin, these improvements will be focused on to provide a great user experience. User testing is planned in coordination with @annezazu from the FSE Outreach program during the WordPress 5.8 betaBetaA 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. phase. Users are encouraged to join this program as it provides invaluable feedback that helps drive the projects’ focus and determine feature usability.
Widgets Editor & Block Widgets in the CustomizerCustomizerTool 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.
The Widgets Editor project aims to bring the power of blocks to classic theme with two major milestones:
Adding support for blocks in widgetWidgetA 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
Embedding a block editor in the customizer
Once these milestones have been completed, the remaining efforts towards 5.8 focus on providing stellar stability and backward compatibility, with an upcoming call for testing to be launched in the near future; if this is of interest to you, please keep an eye out for a future post on this blogblog(versus network, site). A detailed list of the next actions can be found at the Widgets Editor tracking issue.
WordPress 5.8 aims to introduce the new duotone design tool as a “block supports” feature, available by default in the core image and cover blocks. The PR introducing this feature is currently in its last polishing iterations and should be expected to land in the plugin soon.
Gallery block refactor
Last, but not least, work and a round of testing continue on the Gallery block refactor which seeks to be a wrapper around Image block rather than a separate block entirely. This will allow the Gallery block to benefit by default from all design tools and improvements made to the Image block. Feedback collected is addressed as part of the PR efforts; users are welcome to test and submit their feedback as early as possible so that it can be acted upon in the upcoming weeks.