This week, WordPress 6.0 was officially released. Named for latin jazz artist Arturo O’Farrill, the release focused heavily on design and performance. Users can now format and style as they create a blog post or landing page.
Let’s take a look at what you can expect when you update.
An Improved Writing Experience
WordPress started as a blogging platform and continues to honor its roots by improving the in-platform writing experience. You can now copy and paste text from over multiple blocks. Also, styles will remain when moving to and from different kinds of blocks, so everything will look uniform.
Perhaps my favorite new writing feature is the ability to use two open brackets to search your library for related content. Linking back to your own site is very important for audience retention and SEO and being able to simply type ” [ [ ” and search will save a lot of time.
All of these updates will allow you to more quickly get your ideas out into the world.
Dynamic Design Features
This release comes with a bunch of new and exciting design features.
Five new template options for blocks allow users to better customize every part of a page. The author, date, categories, tag, and taxonomy templates give site owners more flexibility including the ability to add multiple authors or better size images.
Style switching allows you to quickly and easily change things like color palette and font to adjust the look and feel of your site without a complete overhaul.
For faster writing and editing, new keyboard shortcuts have been added to modify blocks in bulk. With the new list view you can make changes to all of your paragraph or heading blocks in one click.
A great new feature for people with clients who have site access is block locking. Users no longer have to worry about someone changing a feature they shouldn’t. Set certain blocks to be editable and freeze others. This will give site creators peace of mind when letting multiple authors into a post.
We can’t talk about a WordPress core update without celebrating the performance improvements. According to the release, “These enhancements cover a range of performance areas including improving the page and post-load speed, reducing the execution time of various query types, caching, navigation menus, and much more.”
A large amount of updates, 50 in all, are specifically for accessibility. Take a look at each one here.
Onward and Upward
The features listed above are just scratching the surface of what the incredible release team has done with 6.0. As always, we want to thank the incredibly talented and dedicated people who made this release possible.
Over 500+ people conceptualized, built, and tested to bring Arturo to life. These updates will make WordPress even more streamlined and give even more people to create online.
Here is to creating a more accessible web!