WordPress 6.0 was released earlier today and it is the second major release of 2022.
This new version contains significant updates to the full site editing experience, bringing a new way to build websites.
In this article, we’ll show you what’s new in WordPress 6.0 and the features you should try after updating your websites.
Note: WordPress 6.0 is a major release, and unless you’re on a managed WordPress hosting service, you’ll need to manually initiate the update. Here’s how to update WordPress safely.
Important:Remember to create a full WordPress backup before updating.
That being said, here’s everything new in WordPress 6.0.
New improved edition of the full site
Previously, WordPress introduced a block-based theme editor as part of the new full site editing experience in WordPress 5.9.
WordPress 6.0 brings more improvements to full site editing functionality with new site-wide blocks, editable templates, and more templates.
To note: You will need a theme that supports the full site edition, such as the default Twenty-Twenty theme, to try out all of its features. The full site edition is still in beta and needs more work to compete with the custom theme building solutions.
Easily change theme style
WordPress 6.0 comes with an easy way to change your entire theme style with a single click.
Click the Style button in the upper right corner, then switch to the Browse Styles tab to see the styles available for your theme.
Theme styles are a WordPress theme feature and its availability depends on your WordPress theme.
Edit more theme templates with WordPress 6.0
WordPress 6.0 offers the ability to edit even more templates in the theme editor.
New archive templates you can edit include:
- Other custom taxonomies
Export your block theme with all changes
WordPress 6.0 now lets you save and export any changes you’ve made to your block theme.
WordPress will prepare a theme zip file that includes all the changes you made using the full site editor. You can then download and install this theme on any other WordPress website.
New blocks in the block theme editor
WordPress 6.0 brings many new blocks that you can now use in the theme editor.
1. Feedback request loop
WordPress 6.0 replaces the Post Comments block with the new Comment Query Loop block.
It comes with sub-blocks like comment author name, avatar, comment content, edit link, etc. You can edit them individually to style your comments on your WordPress blog for a more engaging experience.
2. Learn More Block
You can now add a Read More block to your post snippets in WordPress 6.0. This allows you to apply more styling options to make the Read More link more visible.
3. No result in query loop
When adding a Query Loop block, you can now insert the No Results block inside it.
However, the block will only be available when your selected query has no results.
4. Biography of the author of the publication
The new post author bio block can now be used with the post author and avatar blocks.
The avatar block is used to display a user’s avatar (profile photo). You can choose to display the avatar of a specific user or display the avatar of the current post/page author.
Choose a page template
Your WordPress theme can now include templates for must-have pages on most websites.
This means that with WordPress 6.0, the “Add New Page” screen will now display a popup with a list of templates you can use to create pages.
As this is a brand new feature, your WordPress theme may not include page templates yet. In this case, you will not be able to see the pop-up window.
However, you can still use the template library to find and add templates for the page you want to create.
Block Editor Changes in WordPress 6.0
The block editor is where most WordPress users spend a lot of their time writing content and building pages for their websites.
Every release of WordPress builds on this to improve the content writing and creation experience for WordPress users.
WordPress 6.0 includes some really cool features that can greatly improve the way you work on your website.
Block Lock in WordPress 6.0
WordPress 6.0 now lets you lock a block to prevent users from deleting it or changing its position.
A major problem with reusable blocks is that if a user makes changes to them, those changes are saved. Locking blocks in WordPress 6.0 does not currently solve this problem.
Easier text selection in multiple blocks
Previously, it was quite difficult for users to select text between multiple WordPress blocks.
WordPress 6.0 now makes selecting text and moving the selection cursor across blocks smoother.
Responsive group and row blocks
With WordPress 6.0, you can choose how you want blocks to behave on different screen sizes.
For group blocks, you will see the option to display the blocks inside as a row or a stack.
You can also select multiple blocks and then choose between a row or stack layout.
Miscellaneous block editor improvements
Here are some additional improvements in the block editor that you will see in WordPress 6.0.
1. Quick shortcut to add internal links
You can now quickly add links by adding two square brackets followed by the post or page title. It’s much faster than clicking a button.
Want to learn more about tips for writing faster with the Block Editor? Check out the full list of keyboard shortcuts in the WordPress Block Editor.
2. Select multiple blocks in list view
With WordPress 6.0, you can now select multiple blocks in the list view. Additionally, you can use Shift+Click or Shift+Up+Down to select multiple adjacent blocks in the list view.
After selecting them, you can now move them up or down or perform other actions.
3. Border for the column block
You can now add a border around the column block.
4. Gallery Image Spacing
Galleries can now be manually adjusted to have as much spacing between thumbnails as needed.
5. Choose the opacity of the separator block
Color options in the splitter block can now have gradients and opacity control.
Accessibility improvements in WordPress 6.0
One of the main missions of WordPress is to democratize publishing for everyone. Each version of WordPress brings improvements to the core software to make it more accessible to all users.
Here are some of the most notable accessibility improvements in WordPress 6.0.
- Post title will be used as ALT text for featured images if no other ALT text is provided
- Better tabbing in blocks with placeholder elements
- Search ads in block search
- Read block description with placeholder configuration
- Admin bar text labels will be readable by screen readers on small screens
- More descriptive announcements for screen readers when a draft is saved
For a detailed overview, seeaccessibility improvements in WordPress 6.0.
Copy image url from media library list view
If you view your media library in the list view, you can now see a “Copy URL to clipboard” link under each image and media file.
Under the Hood Improvements in WordPress 6.0
WordPress 6.0 comes with several important changes for developers. Here are some of the developer changes.
- The Webfonts API will provide theme authors with a more efficient way to manage local fonts via PHP or theme.json. (See the details)
- An API to prevent blocks from appearing on the Widgets screen. (#55301)
- Improved post-sticky query. (#36907)
- New filter
edit_custom_thumbnail_sizesto work with individual image sizes. (#28277)
We hope this article helped you find out what’s new in WordPress 6.0 and new features to try. We’re particularly excited about the page templates and full site editing experience.
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