When it comes to blogging, WordPress is undoubtedly the most popular platform used by bloggers worldwide. Back in 2022, WordPress came with its latest and brand-new release WordPress 6.1. The new release has brought in exciting and useful new features set to revolutionize the world of blogging like never before!
The new release has offered users various significant updates to the full site editing and block editing features. In this article, we have compiled the efficient new features that users can expect with this new version of WordPress. So, check it out:
1. The Twenty Twenty-Three Default Theme
WordPress 5.9 had earlier brought in the Twenty Twenty-Two block theme. With WordPress 6.1, users can find their hands on a brand-new default theme called the Twenty Twenty-Three theme.
Under this, users can find about eleven distinctive theme styles from the get-go. Thus, you can now easily switch the color scheme and typography on your blog using the global styles switcher feature! Users who don’t want to use the predefined theme styles can also find many customization options.
The typography is yet another that is great in the new twenty twenty-three theme. Users can now experience greater freedom and flexibility in mixing and matching the typography used in different theme styles to create something new for their blog!
2. Improvements and enhancements in the Block Editor
The block editor on WordPress is the area you use while writing your content, creating new pages, and editing your themes. The new WordPress 6.1 has reportedly merged over 10 new Gutenberg releases. Thus, one can find many new improvements made to the block editor on WordPress now!
So, let us look at some of the top-notch improvements on the block editor:
i. Improved template options
The new WordPress 6.1 offers users two brand-new template options, including the page and single item: post. The entire process of template creation has also been enhanced in this new version of WordPress.
Users can now find WordPress automatically, adding relevant patterns to the templates. Thus, you can now spend less of your time designing templates from scratch!
Another significant update is the fact that users can now choose whether they want to add the templates to all items or only to a few selected ones. Therefore, creating tailor-made templates for the author, category, and single-item: post is now a hassle-free process!
ii. Inner blocks in the list and quote block!
One of the irksome factors of using bulleted lists on your WordPress site was how you had to manually delete or edit your list items when you wanted to move your list up or down. But the WordPress 6.1 version is here to ease the process for you!
Users can now find a quote and list blocks on WordPress! Thus, each of the items on your list will now act as a block of its own. So, you can now easily move your list items up or down without having to delete or edit them through a tiresome and lengthy process!
Further, even the quote block on WordPress is now divided into inner blocks. So, it means you can now seamlessly stylize or cite your quote blocks differently as per your desires!
iii. Efficient block locking
Block locking is a feature that has fascinated several bloggers on WordPress already! This neat feature works to ensure your content blocks remain safe and prevent them from getting accidentally deleted or moved. But locking an entire nested block can be a time-consuming process, for it requires users to lock individual blocks separately.
With WordPress 6.1, however, users can apply the block-locking feature to all elements inside a group block. Users can find this feature on the block locking pop-up whenever they wish to lock a group lock. They can then simply click on the “Apply to all blocks inside” toggle switch, and it’s done!
iv. Featured image on your cover block.
Did you know you can now add a featured image with WordPress 6.1 to show on your cover block? Once you select the featured image you desire, WordPress will showcase it inside your cover!
Beginners often get confused with cover blocks and featured images. So, this new feature will now ease the process for them. Users on WordPress can even use a featured image to appear twice if they so desire it!
v. Content-only editing options.
With WordPress 6.1 on your plate, the content-only editing option is now a live reality for you! With the help of the template lock feature, users can now enable the content-only editing option for their group, cover, and column blocks.
The feature will allow users to lock the content layout while they curate their content, upload their images or edit their WordPress content. You can use patterns on WordPress to make the utmost use of the content-only editing option on your WordPress site.
Now these are some of the topmost efficient and exciting features that WordPress 6.1 has brought to users. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead, and try these features to enhance the user experience on your WordPress site!