WordPress 6.1 is now available! What’s New Is…
WordPress’s most recent releases were preludes to future updates that aim to improve the stability, efficiency, and user experience of the content management system. An early roadmap for WordPress 6.1 was published by Matas Ventura, a member of the WordPress core development team, at the beginning of June 2022.
According to Ventura’s statement at the time, “The tune of the release will be to refine the experiences introduced in 5.9 and 6.0, weave the various flows into experiences that are more coherent and fulfilling for users, maintainers, and extenders, and close some gaps in functionality as we start to look towards Phase 3 of the Gutenberg roadmap.”
Focus areas for WordPress 6.1’s development
1. Edit Template.
Users had been able to browse, visualize, and edit the structure of their websites without having any prior knowledge of the underlying code thanks to changes made to the template editor. The goal of the planned edits to the editor is to unify the template editor and post editor user experiences by making global elements like templates, template parts, and styles clearer.
2. Utilizing Patterns to Build
In addition, the team working on WordPress 6.0 was eager to fully utilize the capabilities of block patterns that were highlighted in “Building with Patterns,” which came out a little bit later than expected. Patterns would be able to play a central role in the creative experience of everyday users thanks to this feature of the WordPress 6.1 update. Patterns could be customized for specific block and post types. It was anticipated that work would be done on enhancing the experience of locking blocks and managing saved patterns.
3. Global Fashions
Updates to the styles engine, main interface and user experience, styles variations panel, web font and typography customization, cross-block elements, per-block styles and supports, and block style variations are all included in the ongoing global styles roadmap prepared by the WordPress core development team.
4. Tools for Design and Blocks
The global styles interface would continue to be developed, and support for privileges, restrictions, and curated presets would be enhanced. Users would hopefully be able to manage webfonts, use responsive typography, and expand the blocks toolset in the 6.1 release, all of which would increase consistency, dependability, and user satisfaction.
5. Themes and a broader acceptance
The team would address problems with the ability to gradually implement features like template parts on legacy themes. It would also investigate the possibility of expanding editing access to theme.json, theme switching flows, and the most effective ways to utilize new style and template options.
The WordPress core team is able to release new major versions of WordPress very quickly because it is constantly discussing, developing, and testing new features and bug fixes in beta releases. On January 25, 2022, WordPress 5.9, which included the eagerly anticipated Full Site Editing feature, was released. On May 24, 2022, WordPress 6.0, also known as “Arturo,” went live.
WordPress 6.1 introduces new features.
Let’s get into the official features that are included in WordPress 6.1.
On October 11, Release Candidate 1 was made available. It marked the end of a lot of collaboration that had taken place since Beta 3: Since WordPress 6.0 was released in May 2022, more than 2,000 updates and bug fixes had been applied to address approximately 100 issues. Release Candidate 2, Release Candidate 3, Release Candidate 4, and Release Candidate 5 followed on October 18 and October 25, respectively.