WordPress 6.3 has reached a significant milestone with the release of Beta 2. This release, which skips Beta 1 due to technical issues, marks the final major release of the Gutenberg project’s Phase 2 focus on customization. It incorporates the ten most recent releases of the Gutenberg plugin, bringing various improvements and enhancements to the platform.
Heading: Major Interface Enhancements
The comprehensive 6.3 testing guide highlights several major interface enhancements included in this release. These enhancements aim to improve the overall usability and functionality of WordPress. Some of the notable improvements are:
1. Command Palette: The Command Palette feature allows users to quickly access various commands and actions within the WordPress interface, enhancing productivity and efficiency.
2. Improved Page Management: WordPress 6.3 introduces improved page management capabilities, making it easier for users to organize and manage their website’s pages effectively.
3. Content Editing in Site Editor: The Site Editor now offers enhanced content editing capabilities, providing users with a more intuitive and seamless editing experience.
4. Distraction-Free Mode in Site Editor: To enhance focus and productivity, WordPress 6.3 introduces a distraction-free mode in the Site Editor, allowing users to concentrate solely on their content without any distractions.
5. Block Theme Preview: Users can now preview how different blocks will look within their chosen theme, enabling them to make informed decisions about their website’s design and layout.
6. Using the Style Book in the Styles’ Site View: The Style Book feature allows users to view and manage the styles applied to their website’s content from within the Site Editor, providing greater control over the visual appearance of their site.
7. Styles Revisions: WordPress 6.3 introduces revisions for styles, allowing users to track and revert changes made to their website’s styles, ensuring greater flexibility and control over design choices.
8. Top Toolbar Improvements: The top toolbar in the Site Editor has been enhanced, offering users easier access to essential editing tools and options.
Heading: Patterns Enhancements
Patterns, which are reusable blocks, receive significant enhancements in WordPress 6.3. These improvements include the renaming of reusable blocks to “synced patterns” and the introduction of a pattern library within the editor. Users can now save and manage both synced and unsynced patterns, streamlining the process of building pages. Additionally, theme authors can register custom patterns to templates, further speeding up page building.
Heading: New Blocks and Improvements
WordPress 6.3 introduces three new blocks: details, time-to-read, and footnotes. These blocks offer additional functionality and flexibility for content creation. Furthermore, existing blocks have undergone various improvements to enhance their performance and usability.
Heading: Performance Updates
Performance is a crucial aspect of any website, and WordPress 6.3 brings significant updates in this area. Notable performance enhancements include the addition of defer and async support to the WP Scripts API, fetchpriority support for images, improved support for PHP versions 8.0+, block template resolution, image lazy loading, and the emoji loader. These updates ensure a faster and more efficient user experience.
Heading: Auto-Rollback and Bug Reporting
In the event that a manual update of a theme or plugin fails, WordPress 6.3 introduces auto-rollback functionality, allowing users to revert to the previous version automatically. Additionally, Beta 2 testers are encouraged to file bug reports on WordPress Trac to help identify and resolve any issues before the final release. The WordPress project also offers a doubled monetary reward for uncovering new, unreleased security issues during beta testing.
WordPress 6.3 Beta 2 brings significant enhancements and improvements to the platform, focusing on interface enhancements, patterns, new blocks, performance updates, and bug reporting. With its scheduled release on August 8, 2023, WordPress users can look forward to a more streamlined and user-friendly experience. Stay tuned for more information on new features, accessibility improvements, and instructions on how to test the final release of WordPress 6.3.