Gutenberg 0.3.0: More flow, small fixes, not a big hit for the end user

Torben Simon Meier Last updated 10/23/2020
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all new features of the second beta update of the new wordpress editor gutenberg

Now it seems to go blow by blow: On Friday, the second beta update for the new WordPress editor Gutenberg was released. It brings some useful innovations for authors and of course fixes bugs. However, the update is not yet a great success. We show the most important things at a glance.

Gutenberg 0.3.0 is an author-centric update. In addition to code hygiene and bug fixes, improvements to the block system determine the new beta version. Problems for publishers, such as the lack of plugin-specific options, have not yet been fixed. In our opinion, Gutenberg remains unsuitable for day-to-day business. However, the workflow has become even better.

The most important innovations of the update at a glance:

Authoring functions - Even more flow

In particular, working with the block system of Gutenberg has been improved by the update. The blocks are now better ordered, can be configured more finely and can be used more quickly.

  • Quick Inserts for images and text: Already in version 0.2.0 the block selection menu was quite confusing. The probably most important blocks - those for text and images - have now been removed from it and can be found directly in a new quick selection.
the new quick select in the gutenberg editor for wordpress
If you hover over the plus sign, you will now find the text and image block in Gutenberg in a new quick selection.
  • Block overview tidied up: The block selection menu has also been tidied up and reorganized. A distinction is made between recently used blocks, standard blocks and embed blocks. The search function has now got a corresponding placeholder.
New quick select in gutenberg editor from wordpress
We are curious how many more block categories will be added. However, the new order is positive in any case.
  • Overview improved, thanks to placeholder texts: Some blocks have now been given placeholder texts, which makes it easier to keep track of the block types used.
  • New image options button: All properties of an image can now be edited via the pencil icon, just like in the old editor. The options bar on the right site , however, has not been extended with new functions.
  • Crop option for galleries: The images in a gallery are now automatically scaled so that the image collection looks more consistent.
image galleries in gutenberg editor for wordpress with and without crop
An image gallery with and without crop in comparison.
  • Recent Posts block: In the Recent Posts block, the publication date of the posts can now be displayed and the number of posts displayed can be changed.
  • Cover Images: There have been some changes to the cover images. They can now be dimmed for more contrast and the text on them can be formatted reasonably.
title images can now be dimmed and the text can be edited better. in the new gutenberg wordpress editor
The changes to the feature images have improved the readability of the title texts in particular.
  • Block selection improved: To select multiple blocks, the user must now move the cursor at least 25 pixels into each block. This makes the selection less error-prone.

Publishing functions - actually no progress

Little has changed in the publishing features in this second beta update. But there is now a notification framework that allows editor hints. The notifications improve the communication between author and WordPress installation, but important functions like plugin-specific information and settings are still missing.

Under the hood - More order, some fixes

In preparation for the core merge of Gutenberg , a lot will happen here in the coming updates. Especially important is the compliance with the coding guidelines and the compatibility of Gutenberg with other Plugins and Themes.

  • Code hygiene: Some work has been done on the Code hygiene done. Among other things, this should ensure the compatibility of Gutenberg with more Themes .
  • Fixes: Fixed a number of bugs, including missing or disappearing toolbars and block options.
  • Accessibility improvement: Block meta information is now excluded for output with screen readers.

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