Slated for release on May 24th, 2022, WordPress 6.0 will be the second major update of the year. Many new features have already been announced, and it is anticipated to be an update full of great benefits. While not everything about the update will be known until its official release, here’s what’s new with WordPress 6.0 and how you can get ready!
When will WordPress 6.0 be released?
While the official release date for WordPress 6.0 is May 24, 2022, WP updates always release in increments. The first bata release became available on April 12, 2022, and several more versions will be available before the official 6.0 update. Here is a tentative schedule of all WordPress 6.0 versions.
- Beta 1 – April 12, 2022
- Beta 2 – April 19, 2022
- Beta 3 – April 26, 2022
- Release Candidate 1 – May 3, 2022
- Release Candidate 2 – May 10, 2022
- Release Candidate 3 – May 17, 2022
- Dry Run – May 23, 2022
- WordPress 6.0 Official Release – May 24, 2022
While no release date is definitive, WordPress generally does a good job following its announced schedule. Make you prepare for each update by following their latest news.
What’s new with WordPress 6.0?
Here are the major updates to WordPress 6.0 that have been announced so far.
The site editor was launched during the last major release and greatly enhanced your ability to customize pages and posts. WP 6.0 takes it a step further by adding the Global Style Switcher. This addition will allow users to switch between several global style alternatives. This cuts out the step of having to modify your current interface.
Another addition to the site editor is the ability to select text across multiple blocks. Currently, you can only select entire blocks of text. This update lets you select one paragraph of text, even if it’s broken up between multiple blocks.
Other improvements include block style retaining, which lets you keep your block style when changing to a different block, more template options, and decoupling themes from templates.
Most of the major changes with WordPress 6.0 have to do with the blocks. Here’s what’s new.
WP 6.0 offers users access to new blocks such as “post author biography” and “read more.”
Block style Preview
Another blocks update is block style preview, which lets users see a live preview of the content area by hovering over block style options in the design tool.
Block locking UI
While WordPress 5.9 introduced the lock ability, users still needed to modify the code to lock a block. Now, there is a UI in the toolbar to simplify this command.
Featured image expansion
This update allows users to incorporate images into media and text blocks.
Additional transforming options
New transforming options include paragraph to code, group to row, and tag cloud to categories.
With WordPress 6.0, you will be able to nest blocks and add paragraphs, lists, and code snippets within your quote.
WP 6.0 is adding a pattern directory on its official website.
One of the last major changes to WordPress 6.0 is the customization and expanded support in their design tools. Specifically:
- Layout transformation for multiple blocks
- Custom post date formatting
- Galler block gap spacing
- Web fonts API
- Typography support for container blocks
WordPress 6.0 is going to be an excellent update. Be sure to update your WordPress account to the latest version so you can experience all of the new and exciting benefits and features.
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