Get Ready for WordPress 6.2

WordPress Hartford CT Meetup
March 21, 2023

Watch Recording on YouTube


  • Speaker Introductions
  • The WordPress Roadmap
  • Site Editor and Global Styling Enhancements (Ray)
  • Block Editor and Usability Improvements (Peter)
  • Wrap-Up

Ray Michno

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  • Hartford WordPress Co-Organizer
  • 25+ years in IT
  • Developer/Software Architect
  • Pratt & Whitney, Aetna, UnitedHealthGroup
  • 7+ years using WordPress
  • Self-employed – CTWebGeek
  • Married, No Kids, Lives in Newington, CT
  • Geek

Peter Ingersoll
  • Hartford WordPress Co-Organizer
  • 25+ working on the Web
  • Marketing, communications, design, tech guy
  • Hartford Courant, logistics, agency
  • 10 years using WordPress
  • Self-employed – Ingersoll Interactive
  • Married, two adult kids, lives in South Windsor, CT
  • WordPress Admin & DIY Advocate –

The WordPress Roadmap

WordPress Roadmap

WordPress 6.2 is the “end” of Phase 2, but not the completion of its features.

What Is the Site Editor?

  • Edit ALL parts of your website without having to learn code or create a Child Theme
  • Header, Footer, Navigation Menus, Archive Pages, Search Results, Single Post/Page Templates, etc.
  • Replaces Customizer, Menus and Widgets
  • Site-Wide Styling can be set for a Theme
  • Only works with Block Themes
  • Many modern themes (ex. Kadence, Elementor, Divi) already allow site editing – including highly granular control
  • Building into WordPress Core should standardize the experience
  • Still in the early days, but should improve just like Block Editor

Site Editor Changes in 6.2

  • “Beta” Tag Removed
  • Browse Mode – view all templates and template parts
  • Preview Window Resizing – view different screen sizes
  • Highlighting of template parts with icon and colors during edit mode
  • Navigation Block usability enhancements
  • Classic Widgets Import as Template Parts
  • New categories of Patterns added for the Header and Footer

Global Styles

  • Preview global styles in a “zoomed out” view
  • Style Book
  • Shows all the blocks and how they are styled in your theme
  • Change a block style and have it apply globally across your theme
  • Provides a way to author/customize a theme before you begin building a website
  • Export your customized theme style for use on another site
  • Change site-wide settings (ex. logo, site title)
  • Add custom CSS to your theme or specific blocks

Site Editor Demo

Content Editor Changes in 6.2

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  • Block settings sidebar uses tabs, style previews
  • Copy & paste block styles
  • Block inserter improvements include better preview
  • Inserter includes media library & Openverse
  • List view and Outline & Info are merged & improved
  • “Distraction-free” editing
  • Sticky-positioning for root-level groups

Block Settings & Styles Tabs

Block Inserter

Distraction Free Editing

  • Under 3-dots Options menu
  • Hotkey: Ctrl + Shft + “\”
  • Also under options:
  • Top toolbar
  • Spotlight mode
  • Fullscreen mode
  • More under Preferences
  • Always open list view
  • Use theme styles
  • Display block breadcrumbs

Theme & Plugin Dependent

What you experience may not match what you see in demos or tutorials.

Content Editor Demo


Links Shared During Meetup

Thanks to Eagle and Micro for sharing additional links in the chat.
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