After the release of WordPress 5.9 in January 2022, WordPress recently launched its latest version, 6.0 “Arturo,” in May 2022. Currently, there are over 12.2 million websites across the globe making use of this latest version of WordPress. Arturo comes with many vigorous improvements featuring more than 600 updates and 600 bug fixes. With an increased focus on block site editor, the 6.0 version comes with necessary updates to support customization much better than its previous versions. In this post, we have discussed all the new features of Arturo 6.0 to help you make efficient use of them for your business website.
New Features in Arturo to Look for
You will find more than 1000 modifications with some newly updated features in WordPress 6.0. We have discussed major highlights that make it easier for users to customize their websites flexibly.
Global Styles Switcher
This is one of the most anticipated features of WordPress which allows theme builders to use style variations and manage them with a single click. The default 2022 theme is now equipped with four style variations. You just need to open the global styles panel and click on “Browse Styles”. It will show available style variations among which you can choose an apt one.
With added functionalities in block editing, WordPress 6.0 allows you to export customized block themes in a ZIP file so that they can easily be installed on any new website. It also supports block locking to eliminate the chances of removal of blocks accidentally.
New Blocks Introduced
Arturo comes with a few brand-new blocks to adorn your website flexibility. Here are some new blocks which you will notice in WordPress 6.0:
Comment Query Loop Block: Unlike the post comments block, this new block adds greater control over page comments where you can easily group multiple comment blocks for a better and more uniform appearance.
Read More Block: This block allows you to customize the “Read More” button along with some special features like exclusive colors and enhanced control of the button’s shape.
No Results in Query Loop Block: You must be familiar with the Query Loop block but with this latest No Result block, you can edit the message displayed on no results for a particular query.
Post-Author Biography & Avatar Blocks: WordPress 6.0 allows you to control the shape & size, and placement of avatar images with customized typography of author biography.
A Tool for Theme Exporting
WordPress 6.0 comes with this comprehensive tool using which you can easily download the current theme and the customizations made in it. You will find this tool by clicking on the “Options” button on the top toolbar. Now, WordPress developers can use your creativity in creating unique themes and then export them to any other website. This eliminates the need to customize two websites separately. Instead, you can customize a singular theme and upload it to multiple websites.
Collapsed List View
Unlike WordPress 5.9, where the list was expanded by default, Arturo comes with a collapsed list view that gives you a complete view of your page structure and post. Now, as the parent block is expanded, you have an easier interface for editing. Moreover, you can also select multiple blocks and drag & drop them around the List View for a better arrangement of content.
Added Block Patterns
WordPress 6.0 comes with some new upgrades for the block editor’s Quick inserter. Now, the quick inserter recommends new patterns when you open the block editor, which facilitates easier construction of any specific section. For instance, if you wish to add a call-to-action section before the footer, a quick inserter allows you to directly add that call-to-action section instead of inserting text and button blocks manually.
Options for Block Transformation
Now, you can easily transform container blocks with WordPress 6.0. When you select any group, row, or stack block, go to the block setting panel, where you will see three icons representing each block. You can click on any one of them to simply transform in the way you want. Apart from this, here are some additional block transformation options which come with WordPress 6.0:
- calendar to archives
- group to row
- paragraph to code
- logo to title
- tag cloud to categories
- excerpt to content
Navigation Block Enhancements
The navigation block is equipped with a rich preview feature and whenever you link this navigation to a public page, the preview will appear on the toolbar. In WordPress 5.9, users had to select the menu and start from scratch, but Arturo speeds up the process by allowing you to set the navigation block to the main menu. This feature is quite useful to make sure that you have added the correct link to the page. If you have activated the Gutenberg plugin, the navigation menus panel can be easily accessed by clicking on the top right corner of the editor screen.
Gallery Block Spacing
Arturo also enables you to add block spacing control for Gallery blocks, making gallery layout designing much more flexible. It allows you to specify spaces between images and define your pixel requirement between those places. You can also combine this feature with a border control tool to make exceptional layouts.
Text Selection Across Blocks
The block editor allows you to select the text across multiple blocks and delete or replace them with the selected text. This is a crucial enhancement as it simplifies the process of text editing much easier.
Post Category Reminder
The previous versions of WordPress didn’t remind you to select a category while publishing a post, but the latest version will. The new post editor has a minor but useful improvement that prevents you from publishing uncategorized posts.
WordPress 6.0 comes with an enhanced template browsing experience, web font APIs, and some alternative global styles to help you customize your WordPress website in the desired way and grab maximum user attention. You will find various improvements in blocks and user interfaces, allowing you to be more creative. To avoid any vulnerabilities, switching to WordPress 6.0 will give you added advantages with assured website security.