WordPress Watch:

Gutenberg 6.4, WP Local Environment and WP Notify progress

Lots of noteworthy news from WordPress land over the last week. Gutenberg is back on our radar with a new version. I’ll also highlight a new project that’s underway that aims to find a better solution for all those notifications in your WordPress Dashboard. And, there are bonus links. Of course! Let’s dive straight in!

Gutenberg 6.4

The Cover Block saw two new significant functionalities in Gutenberg 6.4. You can now resize the Cover Block and it’s also possible to use a solid color as a background instead of a video or an image.

There are many more small improvements that made it into Gutenberg 6.4 and it’s good to know all of these delightful new features and options will be included in the upcoming WordPress 5.3 release.

WordPress Local Environment progress

At the beginning of August this year, the WordPress Local Environment was introduced. Gary Pendergast gives us an update on the progress of that project on the Make WordPress Core blog. The next step was to make this new development tool available for the Gutenberg development environment.

Go ahead and try out the new Gutenberg Local Environment, and if you come across any issues, please report them over on the Gutenberg repository.

WP Notify progress

One of the most exciting projects currently underway is the WP Notify project. Its aim is to provide much better handling of any and all notifications you can typically find in your WordPress Dashboard.

Jonathan Bossenger has taken the lead on this project and gives us frequent updates over on Make WordPress Core as well. If you haven’t checked out what the idea behind WP Notify is exactly, you should definitely check out his first recap post. You’ll get a good feel of where the project is headed.

New Prevent Search Engines setting

WordPress 5.3 will introduce a new and much better setting to prevent search engines from indexing sites. Our very own Jono Alderson was involved in making this happen. Read more in this introduction post on Make WordPress Core.

Bonus links

  • StudioPress released Genesis 3.1 and it has bumped the minimum requirements across the board. It will need WordPress 5.0, PHP 5.6 as a minimum, higher and up-to-date if obviously even better.
  • Carrie Dils wrote up a wonderful recap of the biggest changes in the Genesis Framework of late, and how to work with them.
  • The WooCommerce Admin plugin I mentioned in a previous roundup, was recently updated and is expected to be merged into the next major WooCommerce version. This would be WooCommerce 3.8.

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6 Responses to Gutenberg 6.4, WP Local Environment and WP Notify progress

  1. Nobby
    Nobby  • 2 months ago

    Why you keep on updating yoast for the fail of gutenberg.. give some love to proper pagebuilders like elementor and get some useful updates for them. No one uses gutenberg and the star rating says enough…

    • Remkus de Vries

      I disagree with your statement that no-one uses Gutenberg. There’s plenty of users that use Gutenberg and the ratings are really no indication for that. And like it or not, the Block Editor is the future.

      As to news about pagebuilders, I have included them before and when there are important updates, I’ll include them again :)

      • Job Harrison
        Job Harrison  • 2 months ago

        Gutenberg does not support homepage slider on foodica and many others themes.

        It has a good structure and makes writing and editing posts easy but it should be up to speed to support all themes.

  2. Kingsley Felix
    Kingsley Felix  • 2 months ago

    Its nice, however i would love to see the importer updated to version 2.0 (some guys did a better job and there is a proposal as well) it basically uploaded my site of 100MB XML file in 1HR.

    The current importer used 10HRS+ and still broke

    • Remkus de Vries

      Ah, you’re not wrong there. That is indeed an area that could use some love in WordPress Core. Ryan McCue from Human Made released an updated version of the WordPress importer a while ago, yeah. Not sure why that was never included 🤔.

  3. Deborah
    Deborah  • 2 months ago

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