What’s new in Gutenberg 11.5? (16 September)

It’s been two weeks since 11.4, so it’s time for another 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, 11.5!

This update includes 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. Gap support, improved support for Flex Layouts, performance improvements, and additional design tools.

Theme / Block Gap Support

Block Gap support adds the ability for blocks to opt-in to a control that allows users to choose the distance between items within a block.

The groundwork for this feature was introduced in 11.4, and was initially opt-out for themes. Following feedback, this feature is now opt-in. Thanks so much for the testing and feedback!

With Block Gap support in place, it has also been added to the Columns, Title, and Navigation blocks.

Buttons in the the Buttons Block move closer together or farther apart as the Block Gap is changed.

Flex Layout Highlights

Following the introduction of Flex Layout in 11.2.0, now Flex Layouts are supported within the Social Links and Group blocks! The Social Links block now has a ‘flex’ justification option, for automatic best-fit. 

There is also a new variation of the Group block that allows for flex layout. You can try it out by choosing “Row” from the block inserter.

Social Icons change flow when flex justification is selected.

Site Title and Logo Inside Navigation Block

It’s now possible to build your site logo or title directly into menus, enabling new design possibilities! Insert, and modify the title or logo that you prefer, using design tools, then re-order for your ideal look.

A Site Logo is added to a Navigation Block, then resized and placed.

Global Styles 

Global styles are now available to themes by default, allowing block, theme, and patterns to have a reliable set of styles provided by coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress..

Themes are now able to selectively disable text and background colors. This allows theme authors to provide exactly the experience they’d like to provide users, whether allowing custom colors, gradients, or only their curated selections.

Other Notable Highlights

The Heading Levels menu has been redesigned, and is now vertical, making it easier to visualize the hierarchy.

There is a new setting to customize the Next and Previous Page indicators in the Query Pagination block, allowing the addition of an arrow or a chevron to your designs.

New vertical Heading Levels menu, with H2 selected.



Design Tools

  • Block Support: Add gap block support feature. (33991)


AccessibilityAccessibility 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)

  • Font weight screen reader description. (34312)

Block Editor

  • Media Placeholder: Change media URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org input type to allow a local URL path. (29138)

Block Library

  • Columns Block: Use blockGap between Columns blocks. (34456)
  • Group Block: Add a row variation. (34535)
  • Heading Block: Vertical heading levels menu. (32926)
  • Navigation Block: Allow Site Title and Logo inside Navigation block. (33316)
  • Navigation Block, List View: Do not show appender and avoid closing the modal on block select. (34337)
  • Navigation Block: Remove horizontal and vertical navigation block variations from inserter. (34614)
  • Navigation Block: Use gap instead of margin. (32367)
  • Post Author Block: Add duotone suport. (34408)
  • Query Pagination Next/Previous: Add an arrow attribute and sync next/previous block’s arrow. (33656)
  • Site Logo Block: Update block description to be concise. (34471)
  • Site Title Block: Update block description to be concise. (34475)
  • Social Links Block: Use the new flex layout. (34493)
  • Video Block: Use existing video poster image on insert. (34415)


  • MenuItem: Add right padding for unchecked radio and checkbox items. (34406)
  • ToggleGroupControl: Update stories to use knobs. (34497)

Core Data

  • Add isRawAttribute to entity configuration. (34388)

Design Tools

  • Add wide alignment control only if theme provides layout.wideSize. (34586)
  • Update justification control in flex layout. (34651)
  • ToolsPanel: Change icon from horizontal to vertical ellipsis. (34369)

Full Site Editing

  • Limit FSE adminadmin (and super admin) notices to the Themes screen. (34353)

Global Styles

  • Allow disabling text and background color via theme.json. (34420)
  • Make global styles available to all themes. (34334)

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.

  • Add context to ‘none’ strings for better translations. (34341)
  • Make permalinks documentation URL translatable. (34282)

Post Editor

  • Expose ThemeSupportCheck component. (20506)
  • Title block gap. (34570)


  • Add default editor styles applied to themes without theme.json and without editor styles. (34439)

Widgets Editor

  • Add ‘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. Group’ block to widgets screens. (34484)
  • Legacy widget rendering endpoint. (34230)

New APIs

Design Tools

  • Allow themes with theme.json to opt-out of block gap styles. (34491)

Bug Fixes


  • Fix button block focus trap after a URL has been added. (34314)

Block Editor

  • Fix menu item padding 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.. (34435)
  • Fix text-menu min widths. (34532)
  • Keep id on paste if internal link points to it. (31107)
  • Fix caret position on block merging. (34169)

Block Library

  • Heading Block, Paragraph Block: Fix long strings of text without spaces overflow the block. (34222)
  • Gallery Block: Fix bugbug A 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. with stalled upload when image size too large. (34371)
  • Gallery Block: Fix media placeholder height in site editor. (34629)
  • Gallery Block: Fix problem with overflowing captions on new gallery block format. (34402)
  • Latest Posts: Fix various ReactReact React is a JavaScript library that makes it easy to reason about, construct, and maintain stateless and stateful user interfaces. https://reactjs.org/. warnings in development log. (34428)
  • Navigation: Fix navigation block classname issues. (34344)
  • Navigation: Fix Page List styles inside responsive Navigation. (34517)
  • Navigation: Fix responsive menu height regression. (34488)
  • Navigation: Fix submenu layout in navigation page list. (34342)
  • Navigation: Fix submenus to only take up space when visible. (34382)
  • Navigation: Fix undo/redo ‘trap’ in navigation link block. (34565)
  • Site Title: Allow empty title in edit mode. (34274)
  • Social Links Block: Fix deprecation. (34639)
  • Video Block: Fix TypeError when removing poster. (34411)


  • Align labels on focal point picker position controls above the inputs. (34209)
  • Check if in browser env before calling CSS.supports. (34572)
  • Combobox Component: Only force expanded state if the input has focus. (34090)
  • CustomSelectControl: Add describedBy fallback. (34385)
  • DateTime Component: Fix sizing of help info. (34370)
  • Fix ToggleGroupControlBackdrop not updating size when isAdaptiveWidth prop changes. (34595)
  • Fix selected value computation in CustomSelectControl when no initial value is set. (34490)
  • Fix subheadings from wrapping. (34319)

Design Tools

  • Border Controls: Display color indicator and check selected color. (34467)
  • Border Support: Fix check for displaying border support panel. (34516)
  • Gap block support: Force gap change to cause the block to re-render (fix Safari issue). (34567)
  • Letter Spacing: Group letter spacing correctly under typography supports. (34515)

Global Styles

  • Fix block-level global styles color panels. (34293)
  • Font Appearance Control: Fix error in global styles for Site Title in TT1-Blocks. (34520)

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. Boxes

  • Change default value of enableCustomFields to undefined. (33931)
  • Fix metaboxMetabox A post metabox is a draggable box shown on the post editing screen. Its purpose is to allow the user to select or enter information in addition to the main post content. This information should be related to the post in some way. reordering. (30617)


  • Blocks: Register block when 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. value provided for the icon. (34350)
  • Core Data: Add ‘include’ to the query key. (34583)
  • Core Data: Use resolveSelect instead of select in saveEntityRecord. (34584)
  • Interface: Block Toolbar & Popover component – Prevent sticky position from causing permanently obscured areas of the selected block. (33981)
  • Scripts: Only use svgr/webpack in js files. (34394)
  • Scripts: Convert legacy entry point arguments for compatibility with webpack 5. (34264)

REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/.

  • Default batch processor: Respect the batch endpoint’s maxItems. (34280)

Widgets Editor

  • Fix Block Settings 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. unexpectedly collapsing. (34543)
  • Legacy widget’s preview functionality is broken when the page is moved. (34384)
  • Prevent focus trap in Legacy Widget block’s preview iframeiframe iFrame is an acronym for an inline frame. An iFrame is used inside a webpage to load another HTML document and render it. This HTML document may also contain JavaScript and/or CSS which is loaded at the time when iframe tag is parsed by the user’s browser.. (33614)


Block Editor

  • Improve the getBlock and getBlocks performance. (34241)
  • Remove duplicated useValidAlignment hook. (34593)

Core Data

  • Move locks state from store to local variable. (34374)

Global Styles

  • Remove colors classes from the packages that are already provided by global styles. (34510)


Navigation Editor

  • Add undo redo buttons in navigation editor. (34533)
  • Decode entities in the menu names. (34263)
  • Disable “block-nav-menus” feature for the purposes of removing the “experimental” status on the Navigation Editor. (34444)
  • Preload menu REST API requests on new navigation editor. (34364)
  • Update navigation editor placeholder. (34568)



  • Replace withSelect references with useSelect. (34549)
  • Updated Template Section copy. (34383)
  • Update block variations documentation about block scope. (34455)


  • Blocks: Correct typo in Blocks Documentation. (34396)
  • Componentes: Fix/update documentation alignment matrix control. (34624)
  • Componentes: Update DuotonePicker documentation for accuracy. (34494)
  • Eslint: Add no-unsafe-wp-apis to rules list in the documentation. (34416)
  • Prettier: Correct syntax in README.md for prettier-config. (34600)

Code Quality

Block Editor

  • Code cleanup to the getBlock refactoring. (34326)
  • Ensure that blockType is defined when accessing apiVersion. (34346)
  • Migrate lightBlockWrapper support to apiVersion for blocks. (34459)
  • Fix Animated warning log. (34197)
  • Rich Text: Replace global event handlers with local ones. (34492)
  • Rich text (core): OnFocus method can be replaced with HTMLElement.focus. (32054)
  • Use Setting: Consolidate the PATHS_WITH_MERGE constant to one instance. (34407)

Block Library

  • Gallery Block: Add docblockdocblock (phpdoc, xref, inline docs) comments to the new gallery hooksHooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same.. (34562)
  • Gallery Block: Remove IE specific CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. hacks. (34372)
  • Button Block: Replace global shortcut event handlers with local ones. (34498)
  • Navigation Block: Refactor to use generic classnames. (34171)
  • Navigation Link Block: Replace global shortcut event handlers with local ones. (34500)
  • Gallery Block: Remove redundant css selector. (34277)


  • CustomGradientBar: Replace global shortcut event handlers with local ones. (34505)
  • Guide: Replace global shortcut event handlers with local ones. (34503)
  • Navigate regions: Use React events for shortcuts (portal bubbles & contextual). (33633)
  • Rename PolymorphicComponent* types to WordPressComponent*. (34330)
  • Simplify Modal with hooks. (34412)
  • Simplify & polish heading levels. (34378)

Core Data

  • Fix linting errors. (34596)
  • Fix linting error in trunktrunk A directory in Subversion containing the latest development code in preparation for the next major release cycle. If you are running "trunk", then you are on the latest revision.. (34464)
  • Migrate canUser resolver to thunks. (34580)
  • Migrate entities.js to thunks. (34582)
  • Migrate getAutosaves resolver to thunks. (34581)
  • Migrate getEntityRecord resolver to thunks. (34576)
  • Migrate getEntityRecords resolver to thunks. (34578)
  • Migrate resolvers to thunks: GetAuthors, _getCurrentUser, __getCurrentTheme, __getThemeSupports. (34579)
  • Refactor deleteEntityRecord to use thunks instead of generators. (34386)
  • Refactor editEntityRecord, undo, and redo to be thunks instead of generators. (34387)
  • Remove the PROCESS_PENDING_LOCK_REQUESTS action. (34343)
  • Refactor saveEntityRecord from redux-rungen to async thunks. (33201)
  • Remove extraction of raw values in saveEntityRecords. (34502)

Other Packages

  • Compose, useDropZone: Ensure drag event targets HTMLElement. (34272)
  • Editor: Replace hardcoded store key. (34296)
  • Env: Clarify config error within parse-config.js. (34322)
  • Post Editor: Fix gray W menu color. (34318)
  • URL: Add getFilename method to the URL package. (34313)


Build Tooling

  • ESLint: Add useSelect to direct function calls list. (34301)
  • ESLint: Update error message for @emotion/css with info about the useCx hook. (34418)
  • Fix build hang on Windows 10. (23589)
  • Linting: Remove global event listener warning. (34528)
  • More work on the stability of the performance metrics. (34229)

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

  • Added janw-me to the Codeowners for the PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher FSE folder. (32990)
  • Fix title missing in bug report form. (34504)
  • Update bug form to use drop downs. (34458)
  • Update the minimum supported WordPress version to 5.7. (34536)


  • Add unit tests for edit site editor utils. (34401)
  • Debug e2e-tests in vscode. (29788)
  • Jest Preset: Restore the default setting for the verbose option. (34327)
  • Make Test_Widget compatible with WP_Widget. (34355)

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 11.56.71s40.42ms
Gutenberg 11.46.80s44.79ms
WordPress 5.87.53s50.72ms

Kudos to all the contributors that helped with the release! 👏

Thanks to @beafialho and @joen for the release post assets, @priethor for coordination and review, @youknowriad for release and tools wrangling, @mamaduka for answers and help throughout, and @talldanwp for inviting me to shadow a release in preparation.

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