WordPress 5.8 with more blocks, duotone and WebP

The update to WordPress 5.8 (Tatum ) is here and takes another step towards full-site editing, i.e. the pure use of blocks.

Even more full-site editing

Under Full Site Editing (FSE), WordPress summarizes numerous functions that affect the editor and thus the editing of the pages. With the new version 5.8, which is now available for update, the CMS brings even more blocks that allow access to more areas of a page without the need for code knowledge – so they also fall under FSE.

The Tatum update (named after jazz pianist Art Tatum) comes with new blocks needed for creating templates and template parts, such as Tags, Author, and Categories.

Editing these templates will also update previously existing content. WordPress writes in a blog post that one should imagine a “more complex Latest Post Block” as an innovation, which shows past posts.

Also new are blocks for widgets and the Customizer, which is used to design the layout. This gives developers new ways to create content, “from no-code mini-layouts to large libraries of core and third-party blocks.”

Support for WebP

The cover and image blocks also include the new duotone block, which works like a black and white filter, but is then also enriched with color. All these innovations were already available in WordPress as beta and release candidates.

Version 5.8 now also supports the WebP graphics format, which produces smaller files than JPEG and PNG with the same quality.

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