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.
Adaptive’s Managed WordPress Hosting customers enjoyed a free, tested, and seamless upgrade to WordPress 6.0.
That being said, here’s a brief overview of what is new in WordPress 6.0.
New and Improved Full Site Editing
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.
Note: You’ll need a theme that supports full-site editing, such as the default Twenty-Twenty theme, to try all its features. Full-site editing is still in beta and needs more work to compete with custom theme builder solutions.
Easily Switch Theme Styles
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.
Edit More Theme Templates with WordPress 6.0
WordPress 6.0 brings the ability to edit even more templates inside the theme editor.
The new archive templates that you can edit include:
Other custom taxonomies
Export Your Block Theme with All The Changes
WordPress 6.0 now allows you to save and export all the changes you made to your block theme.
Choose a Page Pattern
Your WordPress theme can now include patterns for must-have pages for most websites.
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.
However, you can still use the patterns library to find and add patterns for the page you want to create.
Under the Hood Improvements in WordPress 6.0
WordPress 6.0 comes with several important changes for developers. Following are a few of the developer changes.
Webfonts API will provide theme authors a more efficient way to manage local fonts via PHP or theme.json. (See details)
An API to prevent blocks from appearing on Widgets screen. (#55301)
Make get_the_author_link pluggable. (#51859)
Improved sticky post query. (#36907)
New filter edit_custom_thumbnail_sizes to work with individual image sizes. (#28277)
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.