Summary: Let’s chat about WordPress 6.3 and block theming

On June 15, 2023, a Hallway Hangout was held to discuss the WordPress 6.3 roadmap, the major changes coming in the next release, and how they will impact building 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. themes and managing themes from within the Site Editor. 42 community members attended, including the facilitator @ndiego

The meeting was recorded live over Zoom and is now available on WordPress TV:

The meeting began with introductions and a review of the 6.3 timeline and current roadmap, as well as the latest call for testing. The following resources were shared:

@ndiego then provided a demonstration of the major changes coming in 6.3, including the content editing flows in the Site Editor, the new Library, changes to the Query LoopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. block, dimension controls, and improvements to navigation. There was also a discussion around the need for user permission controls in the Site Editor and more general extensibility.

These additional resources were shared:

  • The Gutenberg 16.0 release post
  • A sneak peek at When Block Styles Are Not Enough: Extending Blocks in Themes by @greenshady
  • The WordPress 6.3 Editor Tasks project board on GitHubGitHub GitHub 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.

The next Hallway Hangout will be held in July. The focus will be on extending block themes beyond what is available in WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. Stay tuned for the official announcement. In the meantime, you can test out the latest functionality coming to WordPress 6.3 by using Gutenberg 16.0 or by completing the latest FSE Program Testing Call #24: Momery Makeover.