WordPress 6.0 was released earlier today, and it is the second major release of 2022.
This new release contains significant updates to the full site editing experience, bringing in a new way to build websites.
In this article, we’ll show you what’s new in WordPress 6.0, and which features you should try after updating your websites.
That being said, here’s all that’s new in WordPress 6.0.
Earlier, 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 the full site editing feature with new site-wide blocks, editable templates, and more patterns.
WordPress 6.0 comes with an easy way to switch your entire theme style with a single click.
Click on the Style button at the top right corner and then switch to the Browse Styles tab to see available styles for your theme.
Theme styles is a WordPress theme feature and its availability depends on your WordPress theme.
WordPress 6.0 brings the ability to edit even more templates inside the theme editor.
The new archive templates that you can edit include:
WordPress 6.0 now allows you to save and export all the changes you made to your block theme.
WordPress 6.0 brings many new blocks that you can now use inside the theme editor.
1. Comment Query Loop
WordPress 6.0 replaces the Post Comments block with the new Comment Query Loop block.
2. Read More Block
You can now add a Read More block to your post excerpts in WordPress 6.0. This allows you to apply more styling options to make the Read More link more noticeable.
3. No Results 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 doesn’t have any results.
4. Post Author Biography
The new post author biography block can now be used along with Post Author and Avatar blocks.
The avatar block allows you to display a user’s Avatar (profile photo). You can choose if you want to display the Avatar for a specific user or display the current post/page author’s avatar.
This means that with WordPress 6.0 the ‘Add New Page’ screen will now bring up a popup with a list of patterns you can use to create pages.
Since it is a brand new feature, your WordPress theme may not yet include any page patterns. In that case, you’ll not be able to see the popup.
The block editor is the area where most WordPress users spend much of their time writing content and creating pages for their websites.
Each WordPress release builds upon that to improve the writing and content creation experience for WordPress users.
WordPress 6.0 includes some really cool features that can greatly improve the way you work on your website.
WordPress 6.0 now allows you to lock a block to prevent users from removing it or changing its position.
Earlier it was quite difficult for users to select the text between multiple WordPress blocks.
WordPress 6.0 now makes it super easy to select text and move the selection cursor across the blocks more smoothly.
With WordPress 6.0, you can choose how you want blocks to behave on different screen sizes.
For group blocks, you’ll 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 a stack layout.
Following are a few more enhancements in the block editor that you’ll see in WordPress 6.0.
1. Quick Shortcut to Add Internal Links
2. Select Multiple Blocks in List View
With WordPress 6.0, you can now select multiple blocks in the list view. Plus, you can use Shift+Click or Shift+Up+Down to select multiple adjacent blocks in the list view.
After selecting them, you can now also move them up or down or perform other actions.
3. Border for Columns Block
You can now add a border around the column block.
4. Spacing for Gallery Images
Galleries can now be manually adjusted to have as much spacing as you need between thumbnails.
5. Choose the Opacity of the Separator Block
The color options in the separator block can now have gradients and opacity control.
One of the core missions of WordPress is to democratize publishing for all. Each WordPress release brings improvements to the core software to make it more accessible for all users.
Following are some of the more notable accessibility improvements in WordPress 6.0.
If you view your media library in the list view, then you can now see a ‘Copy URL to clipboard’ link below each image and media file.
WordPress 6.0 comes with several important changes for developers. Following are a few of the developer changes.
We hope this article helped you discover what’s new in WordPress 6.0 and which new features to try out. We are particularly excited about patterns for pages and the full site editing experience.