WordPress has released the third release candidate for 6.2 in preparation for the full version release on March 28th, 2023. To try the beta version for yourself, you can install the WordPress Beta Tester plugin. You can also view a live product demo of 6.2 with the WordPress team.
In this blog article, we’ll cover what’s new in WordPress 6.2, including feature enhancements and other improvements you can leverage on your WordPress site.
Template and Template Parts Preview
WordPress 6.2 will feature a new Site Editor feature that allows you to preview templates before you make your selection. Previous versions of WordPress loaded just the Home template of your current theme. This resulted in making it hard to choose which template or template part to edit.
Navigating to Appearance > Editor, you can browse the Template and Template Parts selections to preview them before editing.
To easily find the Template and Template Parts sections from your WordPress admin area, our free Missing Menu Items plugin creates navigation links under the Appearance menu.
Full Site Editor – No Longer in Beta
If you notice under the Appearance menu in WordPress 6.2, you’ll see the “beta” label is removed next to the Editor tab.
This signifies the Full Site Editor is now ready for the WordPress community to use and fully leverage FSE on their sites.
To take full advantage of the WordPress full-site editor, our Gesso Theme is a minimalist, block-first theme designed to allow you to take full creative control and leverage the full-site editor.
The WordPress site editing experience has also been updated in 6.2 with the introduction of distraction-free mode. The full-screen editor has been the default since WordPress 5.4. Using the editor options, you can opt to select Distraction-free and experience a calm page editing view.
What’s Next for WordPress?
WordPress 6.2 is the first major release of 2023 and the last scheduled release for phase two of the Gutenberg project.
The current roadmap for the four Gutenberg phases includes:
- Easier Editing — Already available in WordPress, with ongoing improvements
- Customization — Full site editing, block patterns, block directory, block themes
- Collaboration — A more intuitive way to co-author content
- Multi-lingual — Core implementation for Multi-lingual sites
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