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What’s new in WordPress 5.9?
Yes, today, the 25th of January 2022 is the release day for the latest version of WordPress. We understand that not everyone follows the Make WordPress blog so we decided to provide you with a brief overview of what’s new in 5.9.
If you haven’t seen this video yet, this video provides great visual highlights of the new features.
Full Site Editing
The biggest change in this version of WordPress is the support for full site editing. Full site editing is exactly what it sounds like, you can now use the block editor, affectionately known as Gutenberg, to edit your entire site. This means that you can now use all the editing tools/blocks that were available in the post and page editor to edit your entire site, from the header down to the footer, including site navigation.
How does it work?
You can only make use of full site editing with new themes that support it, known as block themes. These new themes support pre-made designs, called patterns, making it easy to effortlessly change layouts for your content. Each theme now also has new styling options, making it easy for you to change the look and feel of your entire site without changing the theme.
A new Navigation Block
The new navigation block replaces the legacy navigation builder within wp-admin. You can now easily add a new navigation block by clicking on the ‘add block’ button and selecting the Navigation block. You can also type “/navigation” and hit enter in a new paragraph block to add one quickly.
Patterns are design or layout templates, which can easily be applied to your own site with a simple copy/paste. Find patterns for your header, footer, buttons, text, images, anything really!
There is an all new pattern directory on WordPress.org with an ever growing collection of patterns for you to choose from.
New block themes come with extensive styling options referred to as Styles. Styles allow you to customise your site any way you’d like from different colours to unique typography, making it possible to easily change the entire look and feel of your site while maintaining the same theme.
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