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WordPress 5.1 is incoming, Gutenberg Phase 2 updates, and bonus links!

We have a big week ahead of us! WordPress 5.1 will be released this week and with it comes a lot of improvements for the Block Editor as well as a whole bunch of other improvements. I’m also updating you on Gutenberg phase 2. And of course, there are some bonus links as well. Let’s dive in!

WordPress 5.1 slated for this week

It’s only been a little over two months since WordPress 5.0 was released, but the next release, WordPress 5.1, has been progressing very nicely. So well, in fact, that it’s slated for the February 21st. That’s this week!

WordPress 5.1 will add a nice set of improvements such as Site Health notices, version 4.8 of the Gutenberg plugin which comes with a lot of improvements to the Block Editor. But, wait, there’s more! It will also have Multisite Support for Site Metadata, Cron improvements, a new JavaScript build process, and updated styles and text strings. Additionally, there are a lot of under the hood improvements. All of which you can find in the WordPress 5.1 Field Guide, published on Make WordPress Core.

As soon as WordPress 5.1 is released, we’ll see continued work happening on features for WordPress 5.2. This will include things like Gutenberg performance and UX improvements, Core Widgets converted to blocks (Gutenberg Phase 2), PHP Fatal Recovery (WSOD), and a further improved version of the Site Health Check.

Gutenberg Phase 2 progress

Gutenberg Phase 2 is well underway with converting Core Widgets into Gutenberg blocks. Phase 2 also includes converting the current Navigation menu into a Navigation block solution. The Navigation block is currently being discussed and there are mockups in GitHub that would benefit from your feedback. Go check them out and let your voice be heard.

Gutenberg 5.0 introduced additional blocks such as an RSS block and a Kindle block. It also introduced some improvements to existing blocks such as the possibility to define a custom focal point for the cover block’s background. Read more about all the other improvements now part of the Gutenberg plugin in the Gutenberg 5.0 release post.

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Here’s list of a few interesting things I came across this past week:

Customizing Gutenberg Blocks

Customizing Gutenberg blocks is a relatively complicated thing to do, but there’s actually a simple way to start customizing Gutenberg blocks. You can do this by utilizing block styles. They take only a few minutes to pick up, and mostly just require you to know CSS. You can learn more about it over at the ThemeShaper blog.

Query Monitor 3.3

One of my favorite debugging tools has been updated. Query Monitor 3.3 now has new features that introduce related hooks section for each panel, allows for debugging of wp_die() calls, support for debugging JavaScript translation files. And my personal favorite, we now have the ability to move the panel to the side of your window.

Gutenberg Blocks Design Library plugin

Gutenberg Blocks Design Library is a new plugin that provides pre-built page designs using only the default core blocks that come with WordPress. There’s a free version that comes with 50 different designs that users can import from the growing library.

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29 Responses to WordPress 5.1 is incoming, Gutenberg Phase 2 updates, and bonus links!

  1. Andrea Lewis
    Andrea Lewis  • 2 years ago

    I can no longer use Gutenberg in WordPress since the installation of 5.1.
    I tried reinstalling the plugin, updating PHP to 7.1, and even deactivating classic editor plugin and still no joy. Will be trying Elementor. :(

  2. Derek Ashcroft
    Derek Ashcroft  • 2 years ago

    Surprise, surprise! With Joost having joined the Mullenweg disciples, I don’t expect yoast.com writing anything negative about WordPress in general or the Gutenberg disaster in particular. On the contrary, it’s cheering every single step towards the ‘new WordPress order’. After all, Joost is now its PR (aka Marketing & Communications) evangelist. Yikes!

    With the Gutenberg train wreck included, WordPress for me now is dead, and so is this ‘totally independent blog’.

    Oh well, time to ignore this blog and find pastures new. In Craft CMS, for example.

    • Joost de Valk
      Joost de Valk  • 2 years ago

      Hey Derek,

      “Mullenweg disciples”, you make it sound like he’s Jesus :) Honestly, I am still at liberty to disagree with Matt. I’m not being paid for my work on WordPress, nor is Yoast receiving any compensation from WordPress for what we as a company do for it, which is far more than just my own work. We are, however, deeply involved in a lot of aspects of core development and very enthusiastic about the road ahead.

      You are of course free to not like Gutenberg, but please keep approaching it with an open mind. It’s rapidly evolving and getting better, even though there are certainly still parts of it that I don’t like myself and I think need to evolve. It’s a necessary step to take, and it’s painful at times, but I truly think we’ll end up with a better product in the end. We as Yoast are certainly very enthusiastic about the possibilities the block architecture offers us.

  3. Mir Jawad Zar khan
    Mir Jawad Zar khan  • 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I also updated, Gutenberg version is very nice. Yoast Seo plugin is working good, within 20 days I got the first-page my blog post really great tool Yoast SEO. keep posting.

    • Remkus de Vries

      You’re welcome :)

  4. kenny
    kenny  • 2 years ago

    I haven’t changed over as performance has dropped with gutenburg (site speed), so I am glad that the performance issues are going to be looked at. Got the performance issue from pagepipe.com

    • Remkus de Vries

      Do you mean your frontend performance has seen a negative impact on your site? Would be the first I ever heard from.

      The performance issues that are going to be looked at are about using the editor itself.

  5. Faizan Khan
    Faizan Khan  • 2 years ago

    Awesome thinking of Yoast Team,
    Great Work and Awesome Result
    I read all article and, I think to develop my strategy and we better with your suggestions,
    I also using Yoast Plugin for SEO and get a better result,
    But can you suggest me how can much better my strategy and content

    Thank You so much
    And please Reply to my Questions

    • Remkus de Vries

      Thanks, Faizan!

      I’d have a look at our ultimate guide to content SEO with regards to your question about strategy.

  6. Zep Advertising
    Zep Advertising  • 2 years ago

    First of all the cover page is AWESOME !!!

    Thanks for sharing the useful update and I hope you will post more blogs afterward.

    Thank you

    • Remkus de Vries

      Thank you! I’ll be sure to let Erwin, our designer, know. He’ll appreciate this :)

  7. Digital Masala
    Digital Masala  • 2 years ago

    Thank You, Remkus de Vries, for updating my knowledge about WordPress. I really hope you will post more and more article in the future,

    Keep Posting!

    • Remkus de Vries

      You’re welcome, and yes, I will definitely post more!

  8. paul
    paul  • 2 years ago

    Hi, thanks for the info and sharing. Q. Is Guttenburg going to change the layout of Themes?

    • Remkus de Vries

      Happy to help, Paul. As to answer your questions, Gutenberg itself won’t change themes perse. Having said that, Gutenberg does allow themes to look and work very differently. Have a look at how StudioPress approaches building themes now and see for yourself.

  9. Rahul Mukherjee
    Rahul Mukherjee  • 2 years ago

    Does Gutenberg has any extra SEO factor? Thanks for the article!

    • Remkus de Vries

      Not necessarily, but Gutenberg does allow you to create more engaging rich content. And the more engaging your content is, the more it is of value for your visitors and in turn their willingness to share your content.

  10. Jessica Greene
    Jessica Greene  • 2 years ago

    Dumb question here, just learning… how does this compare to the beaver editor… some of my WP site pages still have that program (even though I have updated to Gutenburg and I don’t know how to change it over.. it makes updating information a little difficult.

    • Remkus de Vries

      Learning is the best way forward, so not a dumb question at all :)

      The folks over at Beaver Builder have written a document on how Gutenberg works with their plugin. That should answer all of your questions.

    SHREYA MEHTA  • 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this informative article with us. Query Monitor 3.3 it is also my Favorit tools.

    • Remkus de Vries

      You’re most welcome :)

  12. Imran Hunzai
    Imran Hunzai  • 2 years ago

    That’s great to know that some serious work is being done to make Gutenberg more customizable. Site health feature in the new version of WordPress would also cut the need of a lot 3rd party plugins. Fingers crossed.

    • Remkus de Vries

      Yeah, this is just the beginning of what the Gutenberg Project is going to possible for WordPress. We’re not even at 10% of the possibilities.

  13. Pillsbrothers
    Pillsbrothers  • 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this useful information. I want to ask should I upgrade my website to this latest version of WordPress?

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    • Remkus de Vries

      What version of IE are you using?

  15. Christopher Mockridge
    Christopher Mockridge  • 2 years ago

    Thanks for this, I’m already impressed with blocks, can’t wait to be able to manipulate our whole site with them. WooCommerce product blocks are very attractive and easy to use.

    • Remkus de Vries

      You’re welcome, Christopher :) And yes, those WooCommerce Blocks are indeed super easy to use.