Gutenberg 15.5 was launched this week with extra new options and refinements to WordPress’ full-site enhancing capabilities. The venture will quickly be shifting on to Section 3 with real-time collaboration on the roadmap, however there are nonetheless many enhancements on the best way for the Website Editor and core blocks.
This launch introduces experimental help for grid layouts within the Group block. Gutenberg contributors are testing a Grid structure sort as a brand new variation for the Group block. They selected this implementation as a substitute of a brand new block so as to get extra real-world use on the primary iteration.
After testing, I discovered the Grid structure sort suits as a pure addition to different Group variations. This primary iteration ships with one setting for configuring the minimal column width, however extra choices may be added sooner or later. I discovered it to be far simpler to govern than the Columns block for primary grids. It might be simpler for customers to find and perceive if it have been carried out as a brand new block, with the grouping implicit as a substitute of getting so as to add a Group block first after which choose a structure.
Grid layouts are a standard characteristic of web page builder plugins and this new functionality is critical to make Gutenberg’s web page constructing capabilities extra strong. With extra testing, contributors can decide on an implementation and construct it out from there. If you wish to give it a attempt, the Grid variation for the Group block may be enabled underneath Gutenberg > Experiments.
Gutenberg 5.5 additionally introduces the flexibility for theme authors to determine a customized sample to be displayed when customers load a selected template, resembling a 404 web page, writer web page, or single submit, as a substitute of counting on a fallback template or ranging from a clean slate. This makes it attainable to have custom patterns as template starters, a friendlier leaping off level for customers who’re enhancing their websites.
The replace brings the flexibility for customers to style their Captions in the Styles interface. Captions’ colour, typography, and dimension can now be simply edited with modifications utilized globally.
A number of different necessary updates on this launch embody the next:
- New Post Modified Date variation for the Put up Date block lets customers show the submit’s most up-to-date date up to date
- Sticky Place: New “Make sticky” motion added to the Template Half block
- Buttons: Disabled help for “edit as HTML” in block choices
- Time to Learn block provides spacing and typography help
- Columns block provides help for template locking
- “Picture dimension” changed with “Decision” in picture dimension controls
Try the changelog within the release post for a full record of all of the bug fixes, enhancements, and efficiency, documentation, and code high quality enhancements.