What to Expect from WordPress 6.1

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WordPress 6.1 Expected Fall 2022

Recent WordPress releases have been precursors to updates designed to improve the content management system’s user experience, stability, and efficiency.
As of early June 2022, Matas Ventura from the WordPress core development team has released an early WordPress 6.1 roadmap covering the main areas of work anticipated for 6.1’s official release, which is expected sometime around the fall season of this year.

“The tune of the update will be to finetune the experiences initiated in 5.9 and 6.0, weave the numerous flows into more coherent and accomplishing experiences for users, maintainers, and extenders, and close some gaps in functionality as we begin to look towards Phase 3 of the Gutenberg roadmap,” Ventura said.

WordPress 6.1 Development Priorities

Although there is no timeline for WordPress 6.1 development, Ventura’s concise roadmap highlights five key areas that are expected to be developed.

  • Editor of Templates:
    Users can now browse, visualise, and edit the structure of their sites with little to no knowledge of the underlying code thanks to changes to the template editor.
    The editor’s planned revisions will also provide more clarity between global elements such as templates, template parts, and styles, with the goal of unifying the template editor and post editor user experiences.
  • Using Patterns to Build:
    The development team is also eager to fully realise the potential of block patterns, which were highlighted in “Building with Patterns,” which arrived late in the WordPress 6.0 development cycle.
    This feature of the WordPress 6.1 update will make patterns a central part of the creative experience for everyday users.
    Custom post types and block types will be able to have their own patterns.
    It is also expected to work on improving the block locking experience and managing saved patterns.
  • Global Fashion: The global styles roadmap maintained by the WordPress core development team includes updates to the styles engine, main interface and user experience, styles variations panel, Webfont and typography customization, cross-block elements, per-block styles, and supports, and block style variations.
  • Design Tools and Blocks: The global styles interface will be improved further, as will support for restrictions, privileges, and curated presets.
    The 6.1 release should enable users to manage webfonts, implement responsive typography, and expand the blocks toolset, all of which should improve consistency, reliability, and user satisfaction.
  • Themes and Expanded Adoption:
    The team will address issues regarding the ability to gradually implement features such as template parts on existing legacy themes.
    It will also consider whether broader access to theme.json editing is possible, as well as theme switching flows and how to best make use of new style and template possibilities.

Using the Framework of WordPress 5.9 and 6.0

The WordPress core team is able to rapidly release new major versions of WordPress because they are constantly discussing and developing new features and bug fixes and testing them in beta releases.
On January 25, 2022, WordPress 5.9 was launched, finally allowing users to edit their sites in their entirety.
As of May 24, 2022, the public could access WordPress 6.0 (codenamed “Arturo”).

It’s safe to say that the improvements, functionality, and bug fixes made available to consumers in version 6.0 represented a significant improvement over previous releases.
These were the things that were included:

  • Accessibility.
    Upgrades to the WordPress open-source software have made it more intuitive and user-friendly.
  • Purpose: Blocking Editor
  1. Include a wide range of theme variants for blocks.

2. Make templates for various page contents to use as a starting point.

3. There is now a block.json ancestor property.
You may now limit where building blocks can be put.

4. With the redesigned user interface, you may lock any block in the editor.

5. Theme-based block registration

6. Enhancements to support mean previously unrecognized content can be kept intact.

7. The Site Editor’s capability to export block themes has also been significantly improved.

8. Alterations to the block markup for use with images, quotations, numbered lists and grouped content.

  • Extra Bootstrap/load, as well as a new set of Post Comments blocks.
  • Applying a do parse request filter will allow you to bypass unnecessary queries.
  • Enhancements to the Cache API.
  • The media functionality of wp cache * multiple has been upgraded to CRUD status.
    Expansion of the UI and the addition of new filters.
  • Extra flexible integration points for custom post types
  • Changes made to the taxonomy.
    Issues with query caching, query restrictions in taxonomies, menu structures, new terms, and more are being addressed.
  • Themes.
    Improvements to Site Editor’s exporting of themes, support for multiple theme.json files, and more have all been made for theme creators.
  • Users.
    This new capability will allow high-traffic websites to query and count visitors.
  • Information for Programmers

Listen In For Further Developments

WordPress 6.1 is already being discussed by the core team, and Ventura’s early roadmap gives us a taste of what’s to come; rest assured that Hostnats will keep you up to date as more information becomes available. Hostnats presents you with Optimized WordPress Hosting services exclusively for WordPress users. Get your webpage speed and SEO rankings higher by opting for it. Now, what are you waiting for mate?