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What’s Coming in WordPress 6.1 (Features and Screenshots)

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WordPress 6.1 Beta arrived a few days ago, and it is expected to be released on November 1st, 2022. It will be the last major release of 2022 and will come with many new features and improvements.

We have been closely monitoring the development and trying out new features on our test sites.

In this article, we’ll give you a sneak peek into what’s coming in WordPress 6.1 with features and screenshots.

Preview of the upcoming WordPress 6.1 release

Note: You can try out the beta version on your computer or on a staging environment by using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin. Please keep in mind that some of the features in beta may not make it into the final release.

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New Default Theme:  Twenty Twenty-Three

As per the WordPress tradition, the last release of the year will ship with a new default theme called Twenty Twenty-Three.

Twenty Twenty-Three new default theme in WordPress 6.1

Featuring a minimalist style, Twenty Twenty-Three is a block theme with full site editing capabilities.

It will come with ten style variations that users can choose inside the Site Editor.

Twenty Twenty-Three styles

It will also ship with four fonts that are used in different styles. You can also select these fonts when writing posts and pages.

Twenty Twenty-Three

Overall, Twenty Twenty-Three provides a beautiful canvas to create a website using the design tools available in the site editor.

Block Editor Improvements

WordPress users spend most of their time creating posts and pages for their websites using the block editor.

Each WordPress release comes with a ton of improvements to the editor. WordPress 6.1 will include changes introduced in the Gutenberg (code name for the block editor project) releases from 13.1 to 14.1.

The major focus during these Gutenberg releases was to bring consistency to the availability of design tools for different blocks.

Following are some of the more noticeable changes in the block editor

Dimensions in More Blocks

WordPresss 6.1 will bring dimensions to more blocks like Paragraph, List, Columns, Table, and more.

Dimensions under block tools

This will allow users to set padding and margin for more blocks and have a much finer control over the design and layout.

It will also help users visualize the changes when adjusting padding and margins for a block.

Visualize padding and margin adjustments

Improved Border Options

With WordPress 6.1, users can add borders to more blocks. They will also be able to adjust the top, right, bottom, and left borders separately.

Advanced border controls for more blocks

The image block, which previously only allowed you to select border radius, will now also allow you to add actual borders.

Image border

Featured Image in Cover Block

Our users often ask about the difference between featured image and cover block in WordPress. Many users wanted to use the cover block as featured image for their site.

WordPress 6.1 will allow users to select their featured image for a cover block. Users can then just set the featured image and it will start appearing inside the cover.

Featured image in cover block

Using cover will allow users to display featured images anywhere they want.

Note: Depending on your theme, if this option is not used correctly, then your featured image may appear twice on the screen.

Quote and List Blocks with Inner Blocks

Ever wanted to move an item up or down in a bulleted list without actually editing it?

WordPress 6.1 will introduce inner blocks for List and Quote blocks.

For instance, items in a list block will be their own blocks. This would allow you to simply move them up and down without editing.

Move list items up and down

Similarly, when using the Quote block, users can style quote and cite blocks differently.

Quote block

Improved Navigation Block

WordPress 6.1 comes with an improved navigation block that allows you to easily create and select a menu from the block settings.

Navigation menu improved

Users will also be able to use design tools for submenus and style them differently than the parent menu item.

Submenu colors

Editor Design Enhancements

WordPress 6.1 will also come with several changes to the Editor screen design. These changes will improve the user experience on the block editor screen.

Following are some of those enhancements:

Preview Button is Now Labeled View

The Preview button is now called View.

View button

In Site Editor, the View button now also includes a link to simply view your website in a new tab.

View site preview

Status & Visibility Panel is now Called Summary

The status and visibility panel under the Post settings will be renamed Summary.

Summary panel

Permalink and Template Options Under Summary Panel

Permalink and Template options has their own panels under Post settings. With WordPress 6.1 these panels are merged under the Summary panel.

Missing panels in WordPress 6.1

Just click to expand the Summary panel, and you’ll find the option to change ‘URL’ (permalink) and choose template.

Moved items

Improved Information Panel

In WordPress 6.1, the information popover will also display the time to read information.

Improved information panel

Site Icon will Replace the WordPress Logo

If you have set the site icon for your website, then it will be used as the View Posts button in the top left corner of the screen.

Site icon will be used as logo on editor screen

New Preferences Options

The preferences panel now includes two new options.

First, there is ‘Always open list view’ which allows you to display list view when editing posts.

New preferences option

The second new option is to ‘Show button text labels’, which shows text instead of icons on buttons.

Buttons and icons replaced with text labels

Create More Templates in Site Editor

In the classic WordPress themes, users could create templates using template hierarchy and extend their WordPress theme by writing code.

With WordPress 6.1, users will be able to do the same using the block editor and without writing code.

The upcoming release will unlock the following templates regardless of which block theme you are using.

  • Single page
  • Single post
  • Indivdual term in a taxonomy
  • Individual category
  • Custom template (can be used for any post or page)

Simply go to Appearance » Editor and then select templates from the left sidebar. After that click on the Add New button to see the available options.

Site editor now has more templates

If you choose a template that can be applied to an individual item, then you will see a popup.

From here, you can choose the item where you want the new template to be used.

Create template for a single item

For instance, if you choose the Category template, then you’ll see a popup.

Now you can select if you want to apply your new template for all categories or a specific category.

Create template for single category

Quickly Search and Use Template Parts

WordPress 6.1 will also make it easier to quickly search and use template parts.

For instance, if your theme has multiple header template parts, then you can quickly find and apply one of them.

Replace template part

Simply select click on the template part options and select Replace.

This will bring up a modal popup where you can look for available template parts that you can use.

Select a template part

Under The Hood Improvements

  • Classic themes can now use template parts (Details)
  • Fluid typography allows theme developers to dynamically adjust font sizes. (Details)
  • Post types can now have their own starter patterns (Details).
  • Filters to hook into theme.json data (Details)

Overall, WordPress 6.1 beta contains more than 350 enhancements and 350 bug fixes for the block editor, this also includes 250+ tickets for the core.

We hope this article provided you a glimpse of what’s coming in WordPress 6.1.

Comment below to let us know what features you find interesting and what you’d look to see in a future WordPress release!

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  2. Nick Squires says

    I bit the bullet about a year ago and focussed totally on building sites with the block editor but even with these new updates coming its still going to feel like we are using a page builder from 2016.

    Why couldn’t WordPress roll out in one go a block editor that was the standard of say Elementor, it drives you nuts the limitations you have. You still have to use third party plugins to make it work properly.

    It does on the plus side have brilliant page speed straight out the box which page builders do not have.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      There are many different ways a page builder can be set up, finding one method the community would agree on would be quite difficult :)


  3. Peter Burton says

    Version 6.1 Quote blocks

    With the classic editor within a quote you could add nested elements such as a photo, lists, paras etc. The one thing it did not have was a cite – but you could ad this in manually

    The new quote block is very limited – the only option is the para and a cite at the bottom.

    I’m secretly hoping the quote block in WP 6.1 reverts to being able to include nested elements like the classic quote pre Gutenberg.

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