WordPress 5.8 will be the next big release that we’re all looking forward to. This major release will include many small under the hood improvements and significant changes that will change the way we all work with WordPress forever.
As you probably already know, WordPress is moving forward extremely fast. They plan to make all new themes block-based, which means everything will be made of blocks. Gutenberg WordPress editor has evolved significantly and today is for sure the best platform to start a new website. Many people have already made a switch from overcomplicated 3rd party page builders to Gutenberg. One of them is also Chris Lema, who made an excellent block post about his switch to Gutenberg.
New great features in WordPress 5.8
One of the most significant features released in the upcoming WordPress 5.8 will be the Template editor and Widgets editor. Both features are steps forward to full site editing in Gutenberg. The template editor is a special mode available in the post editor that allows you to create, assign, and edit block templates to specific posts and pages.
You can use blocks on the whole page to design the entire layout in the WordPress editor. You can use any block you already know.
There will also be a new set of blocks available in Theme editor mode introduced in WordPress 5.8:
- Site Logo
- Site Tagline
- Site Title
- Query Loop
- Post Title
- Post Content
- Post Date
- Post Excerpt
- Post Featured Image
- Post Categories
- Post Tags
- Page List
As usual, themes must support all new features. We’re already testing these features in the alpha stage. You can be sure that the Citadela theme will 100% support the new Template editor, Widgets editor and all other new features available.
Duotone images effects will be available in media blocks and supported third-party blocks. See more details how duotone image effects will looks like.
WordPress Patterns – brand new features in WP 5.8
WordPress 5.8 will be full of innovative changes. Here we’ll look at WordPress Patterns available in the new WordPress release 20th of July.
If you’re using WordPress editor for your website, you have already noticed Patterns. The pattern is a predefined set of blocks that you can use on any page, post or special page or listing item. In the current WordPress version, there aren’t many of them. Currently, it’s a testing feature.
The current look of Patterns will change in WordPress 5.8. The WordPress team is already working on new patterns available for you to download from their website. You can preview what’s currently available on the following URL: https://wordpress.org/patterns/
You can see that there are already hundreds ready to use patterns you can use on your Citadela website!
This new Patterns feature has a big future. With Full site editing coming to WordPress in WP 5.9, patterns might also include headers, footers and even whole pages. This new change will give us a lot of opportunities to help you with your website building process.
Imagine you could be able to import to your existing website just a part of any of our Citadela layouts.
The wordPress editor is becoming better with every single release. It’s no question that it is the future of website editing. All 3rd party editors will have to work hard to keep up with WordPress regarding speed, ease of use and overall compatibility. Gutenberg will soon become the standard of website administration that everybody wants and will use. See our older post about new features coming soon in WordPress 5.8.
Are you looking forward to the new WordPress 5.8? What are the features you’re looking forward to most? Let us in the comments below.
Notes from April 2021
On the 14th of April, the new Gutenberg plugin version will be released. Shortly after that, will developers decide what will be included in the next version of WordPress.
There are four main features that we are all waiting for:
- Widgets Editor
- Navigation Editor and block
- Refactored gallery block
- List view
Gutenberg will control all widgets areas. Widget areas will be basically made of blocks. We’ve already tested a beta version, and it looks excellent.
Similarly to Widgets Editor, the Navigation will be controlled by blocks. There will be a new navigation block available that you can insert into your page. We’ve had a quick look at this feature in the beta stage. But it’s still too early, and options are still minimal.
This one is very nice, and we can also show you a quick example of how it works. The new gallery block will also work nicely inside the Directory item page in the new Citadela Directory 4.0.
The sidebar on the left-hand side will be dedicated to a new and enhanced List view. Several new features are planned like the drag & drop feature, Handle multi-selected blocks, Show the entire content of Query blocks, etc. Here is just a small example of what is planned for future WordPress releases.
Citadela theme and plugins are 100% built on WordPress Editor. Theme and plugins support all current Gutenberg features and will be ready for all new updates. Our engineers are already testing and working with beta versions that will be released to the public in the upcoming months.
Please bear in mind that all images shown in our blog post are from beta and development versions. The end look and functionality is not yet finalised.
What feature would you like to see implemented in the future WordPress core? Let’s discuss this in the comments below.