What’s Coming in WordPress 6.2
April 13. 2023
WordPress 6.2 Beta, the second major release of 2023, has just arrived, offering new features and significant improvements to the website-building platform. We at WP Full Care could not wait to get a sneak peek, so we instantly went and gave it a closer look. So if you want to know what’s coming in WordPress 6.2. stay tuned because that’s exactly what we’re going to reveal in this article.
Here’s what’s coming with the new WordPress 6.2
It seems like it was yesterday when we announced what’s coming in WordPress 6.0, and all of a sudden, it’s already time for a WordPress 6.2 Beta release. WordPress developers surely don’t waste their time, and neither will we. Let’s jump right in and dive into just some of the new features that are expected to be included in the final release of WordPress 6.2.
Full Site Editor Comes Out of Beta
With the release of WordPress 6.2, the full site editor feature will come out of beta. This feature is stable and available for the community to create block-based themes and experiment with their own WordPress websites, plugins, or themes. It is important to note that the full site editor feature is only available with block themes that support this feature. However, even if you are using the older classic editor with a block-enabled theme or even if you’re still on WordPress 5.8 or newer, you can still try it out.
Browse and Choose Templates to Edit
Previously, the Site Editor loaded the Home template of your theme by default. This left many beginners wondering which template or template part they needed to edit. In WordPress 6.2, the site editor will load the template preview window first. From here, you can browse different templates and see a preview of what it looks like. Then you can simply click on the Edit button to start working on the template you like. Once you finish editing the template, don’t forget to click on the Save button.
Add Custom CSS to Your Theme or Specific Blocks
Adding custom CSS to your WordPress website can be difficult, especially for beginners. Plus, in the last few WordPress releases, the site editor hid the “Theme Customizer”. This made it even more difficult for users to add custom CSS to their themes. However, WordPress 6.2 addresses this issue by allowing users to switch to the Styles panel and select Custom CSS from the menu. From here, users will be able to save Custom CSS that applies to their entire theme.
On the other hand, if you want to save custom CSS that only applies to a specific block, WordPress 6.2 will also allow you to add custom CSS for specific blocks. Simply click on the block where you want to apply your custom CSS and click on the Additional CSS tab.
New and Improved Navigation Menus
Adding navigation menus in the full site editor has been a bit difficult for users. WordPress 6.2 aims to solve this issue by improving the way users can create and manage menus while using the site editor. Instead of editing the menu items inline, users can now add, remove, and edit menu items in a subpanel under the Navigation block. From here, you can add a new menu item by clicking on the Add Block (+) button or drag and drop menu items to rearrange them. It’s as simple as that.
Colors to Indicate Template Parts Being Edited
When editing a website, it is important to know what template part you are working on. WordPress 6.2 will highlight the template part that you are editing, and changes will be made on a site-wide, global scale. The element will be bordered in a color and have a template part icon attached, making it easier for users to realize that instead of editing the specific page or post, they are now editing a template part, and this change will affect other pages on their site as well.
See Styles for All Blocks in The Style Book
The site editor in WordPress 6.2 will come with a ‘Style Book,’ which will show you all the blocks and how they are styled in your theme. Simply switch to the Styles panel and then click on the style book icon. You can locate a block much more easily and understand its styling. This feature will be especially helpful for beginners who may not know how to style specific blocks on their website.
Improved Pattern Insertion with New Categories
In WordPress 6.2, the pattern insertion feature in the block editor has been improved with new categories. Previously, users had to browse through a long list of patterns to find the one they needed. With the new categories, users can easily filter patterns by their type and find the one that fits their needs. On top of that, users can find the pattern categories in the Patterns tab of the block editor sidebar. This will make it easier for them to add pre-designed block patterns to their pages and posts.
Apart from the major features mentioned above, WordPress 6.2 also comes with some smaller changes and improvements, too. One of the most significant is the addition of a new “Delete Permanently” option for block patterns. This will allow users to delete patterns that they no longer need and free up space on their website. Another notable change is the addition of support for relative URLs in the image block. This means users can now add images with relative URLs, making it easier to move their website from one domain to another.
Do You Like What’s Coming with WordPress 6.2?
We hope you enjoyed reading about what’s coming in WordPress 6.2. As you can see, it’s shaping up to be a fantastic release. It will truly make it easier for users and developers to work with WordPress. Our experienced team at WP Full Care is excited to see the final release on March 28th, 2023. We hope we made you at least as half as excited as we are!