It’s a big event when the biggest website CMS in the world announces an upgrade. Given that WordPress is used to run 42.9 percent of all active websites, at least those that W3Techs tracks, the “Arturo” upgrade from May 24 has impacted the majority of website managers globally.
Expert advice: don’t continue using an out-of-date version. Learning WordPress 6.0 is worthwhile.
I’ve been using and blogging about WordPress for eight years, so it makes me happy to present the newest and most sophisticated version. I’ll discuss WordPress 6.0’s most important updates, including what’s new and what’s better.
This guide covers all you need to know, whether you’re getting ready for the update or are new to WordPress altogether.
WordPress 6.0 Arturo:
The most recent WordPress version bears Arturo O’Farrill’s name, a renowned jazz musician. The designers aimed to give users an accessible and comprehensive interface to uncover their creative potential without being constrained by intricate controls, emulating the free spirit of jazz.
So how does jazz relate to managing website content? It entails more controls that provide consumers greater freedom to customise their website and more properly realise their ideas. WordPress optimised the user interface for a quicker, more natural usage experience at the same time.
WordPress 6.0 specifically considerably increases the block system for greater customization and improves the way themes function. New writing shortcuts and entirely new blocks are just a few of the controls and customization options that have been included.
WordPress 6.0 not only makes additions but also resolves a few problems from earlier iterations. The latest edition offers a number of improvements in response to user complaints about earlier iterations, with easier usability and more room for customization but fewer drawbacks.
New Improved block themes with block editing feature:
Although blocks and block-editing were introduced in WordPress 5.0 in 2018, this latest version takes things to the next level. Block themes, a type of WordPress theme designed exclusively for customising blocks, have been improved in this edition, as well.
It’s important to understand that the WordPress block system divides your website into discrete sections, each with its own specific purpose. Each block has its own settings for elements like colour, size, as well as alignment, allowing you to tailor each one to your own needs. WordPress provides the user with additional control over page elements by expanding the block structure to incorporate more parts of a site.
Block editing is not supported by all themes. For the time being, this feature is only available in a limited beta test environment. Check to see if a theme is compatible with block editing before you buy it. It’s that simple.New blocks:
There are a few new blocks in WordPress 6.0.
- Comment Query block:
More visual options for comments on pages are now available with the addition of the Comment Query Loop block, which replaces the Post Comments block.
- The Read More block:
Unique features such as colours with gradience as well as precise control over shape can be added to the Read More block.
- No Result feature in Query block (loop):
However, the Query Loop block has been around since WordPress 6.0, but the No Results block has been added to it. When a user’s search query returns no results, you can customise the message that appears to them.
- Blocks for author bios and avatars are included:
With these two new features in WordPress 6.0, authors now have a wider range of options for their author bylines and accompanying avatars. Avatars can now be sized, positioned, and resized, and author bios can now be sized and resized as well.
Style switch feature:
The last version added a new feature called Styles, which gave users the ability to modify the visual styles of all appropriate elements at the same time with a single command, for example, to alter all of their typefaces at once. If you want to modify the design of your entire site without updating each individual text block, button, or page, this is an excellent way to save a significant amount of time. You can even separate the modifications based on the type of block, such as updating simply the button blocks or the text header blocks.
You may now transition between previously saved styles with the WordPress 6.0 update, which enhances the functionality of the Styles plugin. With a single click, you may switch to a completely different set of colours, fonts, and other aesthetic elements in your Styles preferences. Customising the pre-installed styles is easy thanks to the primary Styles panel, which lets you choose from a variety of predefined options.
Controls that are simpler for writing and text:
WordPress’s always been a platform for blogging; however, the developers have added a tonne of functionality so that it may also be used for websites that are not blogs. However, it is still apparent that they place a strong emphasis on blogs and other text-based websites, especially in light of the new features introduced in WordPress 6.0
To begin, one of the recurring issues that plagued earlier versions of WordPress has been resolved in version 6.0. This issue concerned the inability of users to choose text from many blocks at the same time. Copying and pasting text is made considerably simpler as a result of this, which is especially helpful when you wish to reorganise a number of paragraphs simultaneously.
The connecting and navigation processes have been simplified thanks to a new shortcut key. Simply typing open brackets twice, like this: [[, will now bring up a menu containing links to the posts and sites that you have viewed most recently. When you are in the middle of producing fresh blog articles or webpage material, this saves time for the internal linking process.
The refinements that were made in version 6.0 of WordPress are where the real charm may be found. In addition to the significant updates described above, the most recent version of WordPress also includes a number of less noticeable updates that enhance workflow and make the process of creating a website a little bit simpler:
- If you enable page patterns by going through the theme.json file, you’ll have access to a whole new feature for them. These operate in the same manner as other WordPress patterns, speeding up the construction of new pages with pre-made templates.
- You may now modify the distance between photographs in galleries to achieve a style that is distinctive and individual to you; you can even remove the spaces entirely.
- You also get a copy picture URL option that can be accessed with just one click.
- Web fonts are being loaded via the theme at this time.
- The json file has been made a great deal simpler to work with as a result of the new Web Fonts API.
- There is now a rich preview feature available in the Navigation Link block. This feature displays an image preview of the link location, provided that the destination is public.
- You now have the ability to update many blocks at once with the help of the Group block feature to ensure that all of the settings, such as margins and typography, are consistent.
- The options of accessibility have been upgraded, including improved tabbing in blocks that contain placeholders, increased readability for users of screen readers, and an enhanced dropdown menu for block settings.
- Displays for blocks can now be more efficiently organised with the use of a single click to group displays by rows, stacks, or the default. This makes it much simpler to construct adaptable website layouts that are compatible with a variety of screen sizes.
WordPress gets a tad bit easier to use with each update. This is accomplished by adding additional customization options, user-friendly controls, and shortcuts that save users time. Nothing has changed with the newest version of WordPress, which brings the CMS one step closer to its ultimate aim of enabling full-site editing.