This week WordPress 5.9 was released. As mentioned in the BuddyPress 10.0 article, the most anticipated new feature in this new version of WordPress is full site editing. Site Editor is a new feature in WordPress that allows Block Editor users to build their entire site with blocks. Unfortunately, the full site edition is only available to content creators using a block theme specifically designed to take advantage of the new feature.
Full site editing is not standalone in WordPress as additional features and tools have been added to bring the site editor to life “out of the box” once version 5.9 is installed.
Full Site Editing in WordPress 5.9
To access the full site edition you will need to activate a block theme and a theme is now included with WordPress. WordPress 5.9 contains the first content management system default block theme, Twenty twenty-two. The theme is more than a “look and feel” change as it will also change your workflow when working with WordPress themes. The new theme offers our first look in WordPress at block themes, site editing, and managing a host of visual choices, including direct changes to color schemes, font combinations, templates, and more. page and image filters.
How do I access this editing feature? After activating a block theme, such as Twenty Twenty-Two, you will see the option displayed under the Appearance menu as Editor (beta). See the image below for an example.
With the availability of the full site edition, in block themes, you no longer need the Customizer. Instead, you have access to the Styles interface in the site editor itself. The same goes for navigation blocks.
Additional improvements in WordPress 5.9
With the user in mind, especially the blogger at heart, WordPress 5.9 brings new tweaks to your publishing workflow. Some of these new features include:
- Better block control – New typography tools, flexible layout controls and other finer controls are now available for additional detail.
- WordPress template directory – Home of a wide range of block templates designed to save you time and add functionality to your site.
- Revamped list view – List view lets you drag and drop your content exactly where you want it. Managing complex documents is also easier: simple controls allow you to expand and collapse sections as you build your site.
- Improved Gallery Block – Treat each image in a Gallery Block the same way you would in an Image Block. But wait, there’s more! You can also style each image in your gallery differently or make them the same.
New features in WordPress 5.9 for developers include: Theme.json for child themes, block-level locking, multiple stylesheets in one block, and a refactored gallery block. Additional user and developer information can be found in the WordPress 5.9 Field Guide. The original WordPress 5.9 announcement can be found at WordPress.org.
Editor’s note: WordPress is actually called WordPress 5.9, Josephine after jazz singer and artist Josephine Baker (1906 – 1975). Not only was she an etertainer, but she also served as an agent of the French Resistance during World War II and as a civil rights activist. Baker declined to perform for a separate audience in the United States. She is definitely a historical person deserves to be better known.