WordPress has recently released improvements that are intended to improve the stability, effectiveness, and user experience of the content management system. WordPress 6.1’s early roadmap, published by Matas Ventura from the core development team in early June 2022, covered the key areas of work planned for the release of 6.1, which took place on this day, November 1, 2022.
1. Template Editor
Users had been able to explore, see, and alter the structure of their sites with little to no understanding of underlying code thanks to changes to the template editor. The intended editor changes would also make it easier to distinguish between global components like templates, template pieces, and styles with the aim of harmonizing the user interfaces of the template editor and post editor.
- Using Patterns to Build
The “Building with Patterns” article, which appeared somewhat later in the WordPress 6.0 development cycle, highlighted the potential of block patterns, which the development team was also eager to fully realize. This feature of WordPress 6.1 would enable patterns to be at the heart of the creative experience for regular users. It would be possible to customize patterns for block kinds and custom post types. It was anticipated that work will be done to manage stored patterns and enhance the block locking experience.
- Global Styles
Updates to the main interface and user experience, the styles variations panel, web font and typography customization, cross-block components, per-block styles and supports, and block style variations are all part of the WordPress core development team’s continuing global styles plan.
4.Blocks and Design Tools
The global styles interface would continue to advance, and support for limitations, privileges, and curated presets would get better. In order to increase consistency, dependability, and user pleasure, users should be able to manage webfonts, create responsive typography, and expand the blocks toolkit with the 6.1 release.
- Themes and Broader Use
The team would solve problems with current legacy themes’ ability to progressively absorb features like template components. Additionally, it would consider the viability of expanding access to theme.json editing, theme switching processes, and the best way to utilize fresh style and template options.
More Attention Being Paid to Development
WordPress 6.1’s first Beta, a version still in development, was made available on September 21. The last one was made available on October 4. Core contributors concentrated on testing and issue fixes throughout the Beta period. However, not all features from the beta would be present in the finished product.
Then, on October 11, 18, and 25, three release candidates for WordPress 6.1 were made available. The version release cycle’s final phases, known as release candidates, indicate the possibility of a public final release.