Gutenberg 10 was released on 17 February as the 100th iteration since the project's launch four years ago. Although version 10.0 may seem like a breakthrough because of the round number, in reality it is just another step forward in terms of new features, improvements and bug fixes.

Gutenberg 10 - what's new?

Version 10.0 introduces a new dynamic block for creating navigation menus based on created pages. It can be added inside the navigation block or used independently.

What else? Sometimes, when clicking inside the editor content, it is difficult to select a parent block with nested blocks inside. In this version of Gutenberg, the parent block selector is visible in the block toolbar.

An easier way to select a parent block will soon become even more important as the quote block is well on its way to handling the nesting of paragraph blocks, headings, lists etc.

Other goodies. Version 10.0 adds a new social link style for dark themes, introduces new block patterns, and improves keyboard navigation when adding patterns.

The plugin also introduced dozens of improvements and new features to the ongoing experiments on architecture and blocks used in full site editing mode, as well as block-based navigation.

Gutenberg Version 10.0 moves forward with the same pioneering experiments in the Full Page Edit (FSE) mode project that brought the editor to the stable state it is in today.

The co-creators are aiming for an MVP for FSE in April, with WordPress 5.8 expected in core in June 2021.

More information can be found on the page describing the latest version of the block editor.

How it was, and how it is now

I remember it like this. When Gutenberg first replaced the classic WordPress editor in version 5 of this CMS, many people complained heavily about its quality diverging from other known builders for WordPress at the time. In fact, they were quite right, as Riad Benguella, one of the core developers, admits when he writes that in the early days they made several mistakes that in some releases reduced quality and even generated performance and accessibility problems.

Despite all the difficulties, the authors have managed to attract many users who were not excited about the editor at the start. And all the time there are more and more supporters of Gutenberg, although there is still no shortage of its opponents, sometimes fanatical ones.

However, it is fair to say that the tool is no longer the same editor we were dealing with in 2018-2019 and a chunk of 2020. The editor from release to release becomes more convenient and offers more and more possibilities. Pay attention to how many plugins created by independent developers have already appeared, and which enrich the editor with more blocks, patterns or entire page arrangements. It is also not uncommon for theme creators to add extensions with additional blocks to their products. I personally like the blocks offered by the creators of the Kadence theme, which you can read about on Best Free WordPress Themes.

When the ability to work with the entire layout of the site arrives, which can be expected in the middle of the year, it will undoubtedly be the next big step in development. Will it threaten the themes then? I think it is an interesting question, but we will have to answer it in a year or so.


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