WordPress 5.9 with block themes and better lazy loading

The WordPress update not only brings more pieces, but moves further towards full-site editing with the introduction of “block themes.”
WordPress brings with its update to version 5.9 not only more themes but also “block themes” that allow full-site editing, laying a foundation for new possibilities. In addition to increased functionality in the Gutenberg editor and performance optimization, there are also new hooks – which allow developers to hook into and execute code at specific points – and queries for editing databases.

The new default theme for WordPress

WordPress is staying true to its tradition: once again, there is a new default theme named after the new year. The block theme “Twenty Twenty-Two” allows full-site editing for the first time – the block themes provide a kind of framework, and the rest of the design should then be realized by the user using the Gutenberg blocks.

Challenge for WP beginners

In the meantime, the block functionality of the Gutenberg editor has advanced to the point where users can not only insert various content such as texts, images, or galleries with the new WordPress version. It is also possible to access all page elements, such as the header area with navigation menus and page logo or the footer area – even the page templates can be designed in this way. The response in the community is split on this: While one group is looking forward to the new possibilities, the other group fears the problems that could arise with full-site editing by inexperienced users.

New Gutenberg blocks

WordPress 5.9 brings new blocks for the Gutenberg editor and improvements to existing blocks. Of particular note is the navigation block, which can now be made very flexible. It is more likely to be used as part of the new block themes.

Interesting for all users is the extension of the gallery block. Here, individual images within the gallery are treated the same as individually inserted images. This means that users can design galleries individually and that images within a gallery can also “behave” differently. Until now, it was only ever possible to make specifications that then applied to all ideas.

WordPress 5.9 also brings new hooks, functions, and a language switch at the login screen. In addition, capability queries can be used to find users with specific permissions – for example, when filtering out users who can edit certain post types. As always, a complete list of new features is available at wordpress.org.

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