Sarah Gooding
WordPress 6.0 “Arturo” was released today, named for Latin jazz musician and director Arturo O’Farrill, who has 15 albums to his credit.
Check out the official release video for a quick overview of some of the most important changes.
This release introduces sweeping improvements to the block editor and its utilities and design tools. Most notably, users can now select text across multiple blocks, manipulating the highlighted portion as a group while keeping the rest of the content blocks in tact.
The List View has been updated to offer a more intuitive display that helps with navigating blocks on a page. Select multiple blocks using keyboard shortcuts, make changes, and drag-and-drop inside the list. List View is closed by default but will expand to the current selection when a block is selected.
WordPress 6.0 also introduces a new interface for locking blocks, which allows useres to prevent blocks from being moved or removed. It is useful for preventing accidental edits but also for theme developers who want to prevent users from removing blocks inside templates, preserving more complex layouts.
Other block editor improvements include the following:
WordPress 6.0 also introduces a gaggle of new layout controls for page building. Users can now control gaps, margins, typography, and more on multiple blocks inside a Group block. Creating layouts is easier with the ability to position groups of blocks by quickly switching between stack, row, and group variations. The Gallery block is now more flexible with gap support for custom spacing.
Biggest stuff is in the editor itself, and there are many minor but big updates facing the end-user like how:

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– we no longer have to rely on group block for block spacings
– we now have row block for horizontal stuff
– visual aids getting better and better.
Patterns are now available in more places and better integrated with the Site Editor. Gutenberg 12.7 brought major improvements to the patterns experience by making them easier to discover. The block inserter has been updated to display patterns, as opposed to blocks, when users are editing a template in the post or site editor. It also favors showing patterns when the inserter is at the root level or the content being inserted is between other blocks. WordPress will now show existing template parts, as well as block patterns in the template creation process.
Theme authors can now register patterns from the official Pattern Directory using theme.json, so that users have quick access to patterns the author has highlighted.
WordPress 6.0 introduces five new template options for full-site editing: author, date, categories, tag, and taxonomy. 
One of the most anticipated features of this release is the Style Switcher. It allows userse to apply quick style changes within the same theme, and includes the ability to further edit the font weight, style options, and color palette.
Theme authors can create multiple different theme.json style variations and place them into their themes’ /styles folder. Users will then see the styles under the Styles menu in the top toolbar of the site editor.
WordPress 6.0 is the product of collaboration from more than 500 contributors in 58+ countries. It introduces more than 1,000 updates and bug fixes, including many that make the platform more performant and accessible.
Check out the 6.0 Field Guide and the release notes for a more detailed look at all the changes in the latest release.
What about WebP? Still not default yet?
The new features are great! One thing you forgot to mention in the text regarding patterns… Custom theme patterns can now be registered by placing PHP files in the subfolder /patterns of any block theme. This is mentioned on the page you linked in the text.
Arturo O’Farrill is alive and on WordPress! I could be wrong, but I believe this is a “first.” Such a smart move.
None of the accessibility features covered in this released are not covered. There were a lot of accessibility enhancements in this release.
This is awesome! I’m working with a class and teaching them how to build with WordPress. Giving us more tools is so helpful.
I’m less and less looking at functionalities when it comes to WordPress. Builders just do things better usually. However I want it to perform better overall, and I don’t know how version 6.0 manages that exactly. I can’t find hard evidence / data of speed tests and such to back up WordPress’s claims… do you know where I could find such information?
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