The whole Features and Screenshots site editing experience has been significantly improved in this new iteration, introducing a new approach to construct websites.
We’ll show you what’s new in WordPress 6.0 in this post, as well as which features you should test after updating your websites.
Note that WordPress 6.0 is a big release, and you’ll have to manually install it unless you’re using a managed WordPress hosting service. Here’s how to update WordPress securely.
Important: Before upgrading, make a complete backup of your WordPress site.
As a result, here’s a rundown of what’s new in WordPress 6.0.
In WordPress 5.9, a block-based theme editor was added as part of the new Full Site Editing experience.
With new site-wide blocks, customizable templates, and additional patterns, WordPress 6.0 improves the entire site editing feature.
To try all of the functionality, you’ll need a theme that enables full-site editing, such as the default Twenty-Twenty theme. Full-site editing is still in development, and it will take more time to catch up to bespoke theme builder solutions.
Change Theme Styles Easily
With WordPress 6.0, you can change your complete theme look with a single click.
To see available styles for your theme, click the Style button in the upper right corner and then move to the Browse Styles page.
Theme styles are a feature of WordPress themes, and their availability is determined by your WordPress theme.
Within the theme editor, WordPress 6.0 adds the ability to alter even more templates.
The following are some of the new archive templates that you may customise:
Other specialised taxonomies
All of the adjustments you made to your block theme may now be saved and exported in WordPress 6.0.
WordPress will generate a zip file containing all of the changes you made in the complete site editor. The theme may then be downloaded and installed on any other WordPress website.
New Blocks in the Block Theme Editor WordPress 6.0 introduces a slew of new blocks for usage in the theme editor.
The new Comment Query Loop block replaces the Post Comments block in WordPress 6.0.
It includes sub-blocks such as the comment author’s name, avatar, comment content, edit link, and others. You may design your comments on your WordPress site by editing them individually for a more engaging experience.
In WordPress 6.0, you can now add a Read More block to your post excerpts. This gives you extra design possibilities for making the Read More link stand out.
You may now include the No Results block when creating a Query Loop block.
However, the block will only appear if your chosen query does not return any results.
Along with the Post Author and Avatar blocks, the new post author biography block is now available.
You may use the avatar block to show a user’s Avatar (profile photo). You may select whether to show the avatar of a specific user or the avatar of the current post/page author.
Patterns for must-have pages for most websites may now be included in your WordPress theme.
With WordPress 6.0, the ‘Add New Page’ screen will now provide a popup with a variety of patterns to choose from when creating pages.
Your WordPress theme may not yet include any page patterns because this is a fresh new feature. You won’t be able to view the popup in such situation.
You may, however, utilise the patterns library to locate and add patterns to the page you’re working on.
Changes to the Block Editor in WordPress 6.0
Most WordPress users spend the majority of their time generating content and constructing pages for their websites in the block editor.
Each WordPress update improves the experience of writing and creating content for WordPress users.
WordPress 6.0 contains a number of useful features that might help you operate more efficiently on your website.
WordPress 6.0 has a block locking feature.
You may now lock a block in WordPress 6.0 to prevent users from deleting it or changing its location.
One of the most annoying aspects of the reusable blocks is that any changes made by any user are preserved. At the present, block locking in WordPress 6.0 does not fix this problem.
Text Selection in Multiple Blocks Made Easier
It used to be difficult for users to choose text from numerous WordPress blocks.
WordPress 6.0 now makes it much easier to choose text and move the selection cursor more smoothly across the blocks.
Row Blocks and Responsive Groups
With WordPress 6.0, you may specify how blocks should behave on various screen widths.
You may choose to show the blocks inside group blocks as a row or a stack.
You may also choose many blocks and then decide whether to arrange them in a row or a stack.
Enhancements to the Block Editor that aren’t listed elsewhere
There are a few additional improvements to the block editor in WordPress 6.0, which you can see below.
Want to learn more about using the block editor to write faster? The WordPress block editor has a complete set of keyboard shortcuts.
In the list view of WordPress 6.0, you may now pick multiple blocks. In the list view, you can also use Shift+Click or Shift+Up+Down to pick numerous neighboring blocks.
You may now move them up and down or conduct other actions after choosing them.
You may now decorate the column block with a border.
Galleries may now be manually altered to include as much space between thumbnails
Gradients and opacity control are now available in the separator block’s colour choices.
WordPress 6.0 has accessibility enhancements.
One of WordPress’ main goals is to make publishing more accessible to everyone. With each new WordPress release, the fundamental software is improved to make it more accessible to all users.
Some of the most noteworthy accessibility enhancements in WordPress 6.0 are listed below.
If no alternative ALT text is given, the post title will be utilised as the ALT text for featured photos.
In blocks containing placeholder items, better tabbing is possible.
In block search, look for announcements.
For blocks with a placeholder setup, see the description.
On smaller displays, screen readers will be able to read the text labels in the admin bar.
When a draught is saved, there are more detailed announcements for screen readers.
See Accessibility Improvements in WordPress 6.0 for a complete list.
Copy the URL of an image from the Media Library List View.
If you examine your media library in list mode, you’ll see that each picture and media file now has a ‘Copy URL to clipboard’ link underneath it.
WordPress 6.0 has a number of improvements behind the hood.
WordPress 6.0 introduces a number of significant updates for developers. A few of the developer modifications are listed here.
The Webfonts API will allow theme creators to handle local fonts more efficiently using PHP or theme.json. (See below for further information.)
An API that prevents blocks from being displayed on the Widgets screen. (#55301)
Make get author link a pluggable function. (#51859)
Improved query for sticky posts. (#36907)
edit custom thumbnail sizes is a new filter that works with specific image sizes. (#28277)
We hope this post has helped you learn about the new features in WordPress 6.0 and which ones you should check out. We’re really enthusiastic about the page layouts and the overall site editing experience.