W3Techs is a tracker of usage statistics of web technologies, which include CMS, web hosting providers, operating systems, top-level domains, and more. The tracker has provided data regarding WordPress’ market share, which is 64.1%, whereas a 38.3% of websites use no content management system at all.
Now WordPress released Gutenberg 11.6, which is the latest version of the block-based website editing experience. This new launch features useful enhancements and various bug fixes. Perhaps the most interesting is the power to crop and edit the logo image directly in the WordPress editor.
The editor is not finished yet, but it’s far sufficient in the development cycle that many decide it to be useful already (in fact, there are many WordPress themes available that support being edited with the Gutenberg editor).
There are many benefits in using the Gutenberg editor, and one of them is that it can result in lighting-fast websites.
The development plan for Gutenberg consists of a four-phase development plan, and WordPress is currently in the second of four phases.
“’Gutenberg’ is a codename for a whole new paradigm for creating with WordPress, that aims to revolutionize the entire publishing experience as much as Gutenberg did the printed word. The project is following a four-phase process that will touch major pieces of WordPress — Editing, Customization, Collaboration, and Multilingual.”
-Gutenberg’s plugin page describing what Gutenberg is.-
Let’s learn more about the Top 4 Achievements of Gutenberg 11.6
NATIVE SITE LOGO EDITING
Earlier to Gutenberg 11.6, a writer or publisher would have to edit their logo before uploading. Now, they can upload the logo and edit it if they need to.
Other available editing functions are zoom, cropping, and rotating the image.
The workflow shown in the WordPress Gut Hub example shows a person who selects the site’s logo block, then selects the media library from which the image is selected.
BLOCK LEVEL LOCKING CONTROL
This is another new characteristic that will make it easier for theme designers as well as WordPress site designers. This feature has the ability to lock a block to keep it from being moved or eliminated.
Below, is the WordPress announcement describing the new feature:
“Block-level lock takes priority over the templateLock feature and currently, you can lock moving and removing blocks.
The toolbar of locked blocks will have the movers hidden, and the Remove block option won’t be available either.”
FUNDAMENTAL SUPPORT FOR CHILD THEMES
Child themes allow publishers to make style changes to the theme that will not be overridden when the theme is up to date, this is a highly important update to Gutenberg.
With a child theme, a publisher can change as much as they want, and don’t be afraid to lose changes when the theme is updated.
Take a look at some of the benefits and functions available with the new child theme support:
> The site editor is available when the child theme is active.
> Theme.json is inherited.
> Parent theme template parts can be overridden in the child theme.
> Parent theme templates can be overridden in the child theme.
> Theme.json can be overridden in the child theme.
EDIT THE TEMPLATE SECTION
This is an important site design feature: a Template Part Focus Mode.
This is a way to click into a menu that then gives options for customizing just a part of the template, like the world above the content material space, and even the widget space.
WordPress described what it does as follows:
“Template Part Focus Mode refers to the view that lets you focus and work on a single template part, like a header, and is available for any template part.
This isolated template part editing is now accessible from the ellipsis menu in the Template Part toolbar.”
Various Important Changes
The newest WordPress release, Gutenberg 11.6, provides more than incremental improvements as it consists of important changes that bring the Gutenberg editor closer to the state of the art for CMS and web design.
WordPress Gutenberg also ships with a myriad of bug fixes to smooth out the editing experience.