The Gutenberg Editor: The latest version (July 2020)

The Gutenberg Editor: The latest version (July 2020)

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When WordPress 5.0 was released in late 2018, it came with a brand-spankin-new editor known as Gutenberg. Gutenberg is a block editor which has set out to transform the editing experience in WordPress. The block editor introduces a modular approach to pages and posts: each piece of content in the editor, from a paragraph to an image gallery to a headline, is its own editing block. 

The goal of introducing Gutenberg to the WordPress world is to make the experience of designing and publishing a site more intuitive and customizable in a simplistic manner. The block editor was created and absorbed into the WordPress core meaning that WordPress development will be optimized for Gutenberg’s use. So love it or hate it—it’s here to stay. 

Since it made its way into the WordPress core, the Gutenberg team has continued to make massive strides both for user interface and design-facing capabilities. Staying informed on Gutenberg’s updates is advantageous to designers and developers so they stay sharp on their WordPress game. They’re constantly refining the block editor with new version releases to improve the experience so check back every few weeks for what’s new in Gutenberg!

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It’s also a great idea to stay informed on WordPress versions as they release! Read the most up-to-date versions here.

The latest update is Gutenberg 8.6 which was released on July 22nd, 2020. Other recent versions include: 


Gutenberg 8.6 

This version update was released on July 22, 2020. 

The Gutenberg expansion plan continues forward with the release of version 8.6. This time around, don’t expect a ton of new shiny features but do expect the Gutenberg team to continue refining the overall editing experience through interface redesigns and enhancements.

Highlights of the Gutenberg 8.6 version release include: 

  • More reign of control over the cover block positioning of videos. You can now pick a focal point within a video and position it as you please!
  • New block pattern updates for the following elements: Large header and paragraph, Large header, Text two columns, Three buttons, Two buttons, Quote.
  • A few enhancements and a lot of bug fixes.
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Gutenberg 8.6 introduced a new feature for more control over the cover block of video positioning. Photo credit: WordPress.

For more information about this release, check out the official release post.  


Gutenberg 8.5 

This version update was released on July 8, 2020. 

This plugin release will be entirely included in the WordPress 5.5 core on its target date of August 11. This wasn’t a major release but Gutenberg 8.5 was still packed with a few notable feature improvements, bug fixes, and enhancements (all the goooood stuff). 

Highlights of the Gutenberg 8.5 version release include: 

  • Improvements to the drag-and-drop block feature, so you can now drag and drop multi-block selections. 
  • Accessibility improvements to disable arrow navigation across blocks to avoid confusion when you’re writing long-form content. 
  • The option to upload media to the media library when pasting into the block editor from an external source so external media will no longer be in limbo and can be safely kept in your media library.
  • A new feature to add anchor/id support to all static blocks.
  • A new feature to have the ability to keep the caret inside blocks in edit mode.
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Gutenberg 8.5 has simplied the process of uploading external media into the media library. Photo credit: WordPress.

For more information about this release, check out the official release post.  


Gutenberg 8.4 

This version update was released on June 24, 2020. 

This plugin release came out with an extra helping of editing features and bug fixes (always positive news)! Several experimental blocks evolved into permanent blocks to be downloaded for every install so there are a lot of user-facing updates in this release. 

Highlights of the Gutenberg 8.4 version release include: 

  • A new image editing feature that allows you to zoom, rotate, or change the aspect ratio for an image directly in the editor. Previously, you might’ve used third-party software like Adobe Photoshop to accomplish this so three cheers for quick image edits done in the editor!  
  • A feature that allows new multi-block controls. You can now select multiple blocks and customize them all at once with this new editor! The only limitation is that the blocks have to be the same type in order to fulfill multi-selection action. 
  • The long-awaited block directory feature. This allows you to discover, install, and insert third-party blocks into your post from the editor. 
  • Lots of bug fixes to improve editor performance. 
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Gutenberg 8.4 introduced a new image editing feature. Photo credit: WordPress.

For more information about this release, check out the official release post.  


Gutenberg 8.3 

This version update was released on June 11, 2020. 

The latest Gutenberg editor was released with a few new notable features. This version includes several user-facing features and performance enhancements.

Highlights of the Gutenberg 8.3 version release include: 

  • A new intuitive padding option so you have more control over the spacing within the blocks. 
  • Saying goodbye to previous default-set link colors, and hello to new link color control options.
  • A new block category system that has been renamed and updated. The new categories are: text, media, design, widgets, and embeds. 
  • A new parent block selector to child blocks to improve your chances of selecting the correct block when in nested contexts. 
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Gutenberg 8.3 introduced a new padding feature in the editor. Photo credit: WordPress.

For more information about this release, check out the official release post


Gutenberg 8.2 

This version update was released on May 27, 2020. 

Say hello to the latest Gutenberg editing experience! This release has heaps of improved editing functions. There are lots of updates so let’s dig into it! 

Highlights of the Gutenberg 8.2 version release include: 

  • New block pattern categories. The categories are: text, hero, columns, buttons, gallery, features, and testimonials.
  • In the Cover Block, a new content alignment feature. The functionality is now easier to do with nine(!) alignment options. 
  • The ability to copy/cut an entire block (if no text is selected) with keyboard shortcuts. You can use Ctrl + C to copy a block or Ctrl + X to cut a block. 
  • Several enhancements to improve the writing and editing experience. Commands such as copy, cut, and paste are smoother thanks to the enhancements. 

For more information about this release, check out the official release post


Gutenberg 8.1 

This version update was released on May 13, 2020. 

Another day, another Gutenberg release! The latest update doesn’t include a lot of bells-and-whistles feature updates, but does include plenty of important user interface improvements. 

Highlights of the Gutenberg 8.1 version release include: 

  • A new block pattern feature so it’s easier for you to insert desired patterns and a new pattern (the testimonials). 
  • New Transform functions so it’s easier for you to shift blocks into different forms:
    • Embed blocks into paragraph blocks.
    • Code to HTML block and the opposite. 
  • A small, yet incredibly useful, copy block action. You can now copy one or multiple blocks with a simple click. 

For more information about this release, check out the official release post


Gutenberg 8.0 

This version update was released on April 29, 2020. 

*You have now reached the next level*

Let’s welcome Gutenberg 8.0 to the WordPress world today! This plugin is chalked full of performance refinements and the addition of a few nifty features. 

Highlights of the Gutenberg 8.0 version release include: 

  • A new tab-panel has been added to the block to allow you to browse and insert block patterns. This function has been redesigned so now it’s heaps easier to browse through patterns in the space it allows!
  • A collapsible dropdown list of formatting options. The previous interface was very limited in screen space so this should improve the editing experience of formatting moving forward. 
  • A new and improved code editor (which looks exactly how it should now). The Gutenberg team redesigned the code editor to use a monospace font for the title with a newly resized editor viewpoint. 
  • New formatting options! You can now add subscript and superscript formatting options.  
  • Lots of good ‘ole enhancements and bug fixes. 
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Gutenberg 8.0 introduced a new patterns inserter feature. Photo credit: WordPress.

For more information about this release, check out the official release post


Gutenberg 7.9 

This version update was released on April 15, 2020. 

After a slight delay, the Gutenberg team has released the newest editor version–7.9. With the longer-than-usual wait, we were awarded with more new features and user interface enhancements for compensation! 

Highlights of the Gutenberg 7.9 version release include: 

  • Tons of additions to the block design tools. You now have more functionality over the height unit control for the cover block, line-height control for the paragraph and heading blocks, and background gradient support for group, columns, and media and text blocks. This is a great step towards redefining the editing experience in WordPress with Gutenberg! 
  • Three new block patterns. Say hello to the following new patterns: Hero Two Columns, Numbered Features, and It’s Time. 
  • The usual lot of bug fixes and performance enhancements.
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Gutenberg 7.8 introduced expanded design capabilities in the block editor. Photo credit: WordPress.

For more information about this release, check out the official release post


Gutenberg 7.8

This version update was released on March 25, 2020. 

This smaller plugin release focused mainly on block user interface redesign and official API modifications. While this release isn’t all that big, the user interface continues to improve (and that in itself is huge)! 

Highlights of the Gutenberg 7.8 version release include: 

  • A polished user interface so you’ll notice that several elements in the block editor have been redesigned for ease. 
  • Lots of bug fixes and user enhancements to go along with the user interface redesign. 
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Gutenberg 7.8 introduced an updated user interface. Photo credit: WordPress.

For more information about this release, check out the official release post


Gutenberg 7.7

This version update was released on March 11, 2020. 

Big things were promised with version 7.7 and the Gutenberg team delivered. This plugin release featured a newly designed user interface and new block editing functions. 

Highlights of the Gutenberg 7.7 version release include: 

  • A newly designed user interface. While this won’t be the final design of the Gutenberg editor, this new version comes with a simpler block toolbar, better user interface color contrast, and consistent focus styles. The main goal was to elevate the previous editor so it felt more professional and clean!  
  • The introduction of new block patterns that will be offered as predefined block layouts, ready to insert and customize as needed! There are currently four patterns with more to be released in the later versions. 
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Gutenberg 7.7 introduced new UI elements in the block editor. Photo credit: WordPress.

For more information about this release, check out the official release post


Gutenberg 7.6

This version update was released on February 26, 2020. 

The Gutenberg 7.6 editor introduced several notable experimental features for expanded block controls. Hopefully these functions will move their way into the permanent boat over the course of the next releases! 

Highlights of the Gutenberg 7.6 version release include: 

  • A new transition from single-tip to now rotating-tips in the block inserter. Instead of one, a list of several suggested actions will appear when you press [/] to quickly insert new blocks. 
  • New experimental full-site editing blocks for elements such as the post featured image, post tags, comments count, and comments form.
  • A lot of bug fixes and enhancements that make up a majority of this release. 

For more information about this release, check out the official release post


Gutenberg 7.5

This version update was released on February 12, 2020. 

This plugin release will be fully included in WordPress 5.4. The latest Gutenberg editor comes with a heavy emphasis on improving the social functions!

Highlights of the Gutenberg 7.5 version release include: 

  • The previously experimental social links block is now a stable block in the editor. 
  • A new feature so you can add color to rich text and inline color to text.
  • A new feature to display featured images in the latest post block. 
  • A good chunk of bug fixes and performance enhancements. 
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Gutenberg 7.5 introduced a new block variations function in the editor. Photo credit: WordPress.

For more information about this release, check out the official release post


Gutenberg 7.4

This version update was released on February 5, 2020. 

The latest release is a colorful new edition to the next Gutenberg editor. The Gutenberg team added a lot of exciting functions to liven up your design capabilities! 

Highlights of the Gutenberg 7.4 version release include: 

  • A new feature where you can now add background color support to the columns block. 
  • A new feature where you can now add text color support for the group block. In previous versions, you couldn’t apply a text color to every sub-element of the block so now you can design with a bit more ease and customization. 
  • Navigation block enhancements to improve your editing experience. 
  • Several bug fixes and enhancements to make everything run a bit smoother. 
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Gutenberg 7.4 introduced new color features and enhancements in the editor. Photo credit: WordPress.

For more information about this release, check out the official release post


Gutenberg 7.3

This version update was released on January 22, 2020. 

The second release of 2020 consisted mainly of performance and interface improvements, and a good helping of bug fixes and enhancements. On a very exciting note—the navigation block received some noticeable interface changes! 

Highlights of the Gutenberg 7.3 version release include: 

  • A fresh navigation block perked up with colorful feature enhancements. With these new options, you can now set the text color for all navigation and set the background color for the entire navigation block. 
  • Load time for page loads and commands have improved 30-50% faster according to the team. A great win for the editing experience!
  • New block collections API that can be used to group blocks in the block inserter. 
  • Bug fixes and enhancements. 

For more information about this release, check out the official release post


Gutenberg 7.2

This version update was released on January 22, 2020. 

The first Gutenberg release of 2020 includes some of the most asked features from you and the WordPress community! The Gutenberg team set the bar high with this release—perhaps it’s setting the tone for the rest of the year for Gutenberg’s course.

Highlights of the Gutenberg 7.2 version release include:  

  • A new buttons block to align more than one button in a row. This was previously a huge headache for designers in the editor but the Gutenberg team heard your concerns to remediate this function!
  • A new tabbing navigation has been introduced for edit mode to improve accessibility. This will be one of many interface updates to improve the editing experience. 
  • A new gallery block so you now have more control over the proportion and ratio of the media in the block.
  • The ability to add a link for the image in the media and text block. 
  • Bug fixes and enhancements. 
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Gutenberg 7.2 introduced a new buttons block function in the editor. Photo credit: WordPress.

For more information about this release, check out the official release post


What’s next in Gutenberg?

The first phase of the Gutenberg rollout packs an exciting punch in the world of WordPress editing. It’s design capabilities will only continue to expand to provide designers and developers with a wealth of block choices and commands. Check back every few weeks for the latest update to the editing block! 

To download Gutenberg, visit the WordPress plugin directory


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