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Three new features in Gutenberg 6.5 and more on WordPress 5.3

The work on the next versions of WordPress and Gutenberg is moving along nicely, which is why today’s WordPress Watch focuses on those two projects. But, there’s more going on in the world of WordPress besides those two projects. So, get ready for a few bonus links again! Hope you enjoy.

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New features in Gutenberg 6.5

Improvements on the Block Editor continue ever so diligently. Gutenberg 6.5 was released and the release contained a lot of small improvements, including three new features.

Social Links Block

The first new feature comes in the shape of an entirely new block called the Social Links Block. The team published a GIF that demonstrates quite nicely what you can do with it:

Social Links Block, courtesy Make WordPress Core blog

Local auto-save support

The second feature contains an improvement that adds support for local auto-saves to avoid content loss even in environments with unstable internet connections. To solve this problem, the Gutenberg team have made it so that edits are saved locally, and a warning is displayed with the possibility to restore the local edits if available.

Experimental: non-local block installation

The last new feature is the most exciting one, in my opinion. This release includes a feature that is marked experimental. It adds the possibility to install blocks that are not available locally directly from the block inserter if you have the required permissions. Inside the editor, you can find a one-click search and installation of blocks from the block directory. Selected blocks are automatically installed as a plugin in the background and inserted into the editor with one click. How cool is that?!

You can read the rest of what’s included in the release post for Gutenberg 6.5.

WordPress 5.3

The work on WordPress 5.3 is moving along nicely as well. This includes the new default Twenty Twenty theme as well. Justin Ahinon published a great dev chat summary of where we are for WordPress 5.3 on the Make WordPress Core Dev Notes post. It’s an interesting read as it gives you a very good overview of the less obvious things going into WordPress 5.3. The beta for WordPress 5.3 is planned to be released tomorrow.

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13 Responses to Three new features in Gutenberg 6.5 and more on WordPress 5.3

  1. Mike Oliver
    Mike Oliver  • 2 months ago

    Hello Remkus,

    Thanks for posting my Beaver Builder templates in the bonus links, I really appreciate it. This was a nice surprise to find this link in my analytics. Have a great day.

    • Remkus de Vries

      You’re most welcome, Mike. It’s a great resource to have for anyone working with Beaver Builder!

  2. lisa206
    lisa206  • 2 months ago

    Hi! In bonus links there isn’t a link to Mike Oliver’s templates. Would you be able to provide it? Thanks!

    • Remkus de Vries

      Hi Lisa, if you click on the link, this one, in that sentence, it will bring you straight to Mike’s post where he lists the templates.

  3. goldenegypttours
    goldenegypttours  • 2 months ago

    Thank you for stating three more features in 6.5

    • Remkus de Vries

      You’re most welcome :)

  4. Ajmal
    Ajmal  • 2 months ago

    Hi Remkus,

    Hope you are doing fine !

    your articles are very helpful for people likes me, love to read your blogs, the way you structured blogs are highly appreciable.
    keep it up
    cheers

    • Remkus de Vries

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Ajmal :)

      • Ajmal
        Ajmal  • 2 months ago

        welcome remkus, waiting for more posts like this

        cheers

  5. Izzman
    Izzman  • 2 months ago

    There is a reason why the plugins to disable gutenberg are always at the top for the most downloaded. It’s a bloated convoluted piece of junk

    • Remkus de Vries

      I’m sorry you feel this way, but I have to absolutely disagree. Sure, there’s a lot more code involved compared to the classic editor, but it brings so much more than the classic editor.

      • Andrew
        Andrew  • 2 months ago

        I agree that it brings much more than the classic editor and for this reason it is wonderful for the casual WordPress user. However, for WordPress developers and their clients, it is a nightmare. Honestly, it should just be a simple option to turn off.

        • Remkus de Vries

          Why is it a nightmare? For developers there plenty of options to build blocks. For example with ACF. And they, like their clients, are just like any other type of human being, they have to get used to something new.