Exactly one month from now, i.e. on 20 July, we will be able to use the latest version of my favourite CMS WordPress 5.8.

This will be a significant update bringing with it the first stage of implementation of the FSE (Full Site Editing), so get ready for another series of updates the WordPress course at MeetWP still during this holiday 🙂

Today, a quick look at two new features that will appear in the upcoming release of WordPress. We're talking about the block template editor and a change in widgets.

WordPress 5.8

WordPress 5.8 and the block template editor

The template editor is a new tool that will allow us to create our own templates without leaving the Gutenberg editor. Until now, adding templates or modifying them was basically reserved for more advanced users. First of all, it required coding. Now we will see the first step towards FSE, which will allow to create templates for almost everyone.

The downside of this new feature is that we don't have access to the header, footer, sidebar or other parts of your theme's template. So one might ask what is the point of this? Let's remember that these are first steps, but it is a very practical functionality.

You know what they are landing parties? Exactly! WordPress 5.8 will now allow anyone without exception to design landing pages using templates.

Select a template, edit or add a new one

Looking at the above screenshot, we add a page or entry and now just expand the tab on the right Template. You can select any previously created one from the list, and using the links below the list go on to edit or create a new one. The block template editor is presented as below:

Block template editor in WordPress 5.8

We work with the block editor just as we would with the content of any page or post. The whole thing is editable, so as I mentioned this mechanism is great for creating landing pages where we don't want to show a standard header, sidebar or footer of our page.

In practice, I am sure that many people will use the templates in a slightly different way, so there will be no dynamic data here, but simply templates with specific content, e.g: Template 1 = Home page, Template 2 = Contact subpage, etc... That's not quite the point, but if someone wants to, this is how the new feature can also be used. However, I suggest to look at templates a bit differently.

What does this mean? You can create a template which you can then use on many subpages or many posts. For this to be possible, however, you can't insert the article content in it, because everywhere you want to use it, that's what will appear. Use the new blocks that will appear in Gutenberg:

New blocks in the Gutenberg editor for working with templates

Most can be seen above, and are:

  • Website logo
  • Website Description
  • Website title
  • Loops
  • Entry title
  • Content of the Entry
  • Date of entry
  • A trailer
  • Featured Image
  • Entry categories
  • Entry Tags
  • Log in/out
  • List of entries
  • Title Archive

A lot, right? Basically everything you need to prepare functional templates. Those of you who work with Elementorem PRO and its Theme Builder feel perfectly the potential of the upcoming native WordPress capabilities 🙂

For example, let's take a loop block, a block that will allow you to display a list of entries according to certain criteria.

Loop block filters

You will be able to select the type of content and filter content by category, tags, keywords.

I am extremely curious to see how all this will unfold in future releases.

WordPress 5.8 and Widgets

Widgets, which probably every WordPress site owner knows, are slowly becoming obsolete. WordPress 5.8 introduces a significant change in this area, and that is the implementation of the block editor. When you launch the Appearance > Widgets section on a fresh WordPress installation you will see more or less this view:

Block editor in widgets - WordPress 5.8

Wait a minute... I meant to go into widget settings, not adding a new post... There's no mistake! This is what working with widgets will look like.

Arrange the blocks as you wish and build this way any complex sidebar or other areas that your theme has provided for widgets. An example for the Kadence theme:

Widget section in Kadence theme

I think this new feature will be well received, although if for any reason you do not want to use this functionality, you will still be able to use the old version.

I wonder how these and other changes will translate into performance results. I'll be checking it out soon after WordPress 5.8 is officially released. Right now it's still a beta version.

The FSE edition will be available for themes that support it. There aren't many of these yet, but Astra and Kadence should handle it without a problem 🙂 Many other themes will also support FSE in their upcoming versions.

Remember to choose themes for your sites that are developed. Many sites that use abandoned themes, or themes written individually by someone with whom the contact has been broken, will have problems with the upcoming editing mode.


See also

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The term "template", or more precisely "free template", may not have the best connotation. We have an impression that it is a rigidly defined look of a website, with which too much can be done.

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