📆 This is the February 2021 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
Hey, everyone! We hope this year has been going great for you all so far. We’re back with a new edition of the WordPress news to let you know how the first month of the year went for WordPress.
In this edition, we’re going to talk about Gutenberg ver. 9.8, a new local WordPress development tool, a new theme by Automattic to focus on single-page sites, and Jetpack’s new approach to interacting with customers. Enjoy!
February 2021 WordPress News with CodeinWP
Gutenberg 9.8 was launched last month with some minor UI improvements, border-radius support for the group block, the site editor being moved into an iframe element, new APIs, and over two dozen bug fixes!
As for the UI improvements, the Spacer Block now has a semi-transparent background instead of a light gray background. This makes it easier for users to show and make size changes to what’s in the background of this block.
Beyond that, the block switcher now shows the variation icons in the editing toolbar, which builds on the enhancements of block variations in Gutenberg 9.7. This feature allows you to create multiple variations of the same block.
Site editor canvas iframe’d
The canvas area of the site editor now renders into an iframe. This means that you can avoid an admin CSS bleed and simply use a theme stylesheet for a site without any adjustments. Here are the benefits of moving the canvas into an iframe according to the WordPress core committer Ella van Durpe:
- There would be no admin CSS bleed at all. This is something we’ve been struggling with since the beginning.
- There would be no need to simulate media queries, which is arguably technically more difficult than using an iframe.
- Relative units like
- For a full site, a theme stylesheet can be just dropped in the editor without any adjustment. I think this is important as it makes the life of theme authors much easier.
- It’s possible to have one selection per window, so one in the admin and one in the content. This is useful for e.g. the link UI where the selection in the content can be kept while the selection is also in an input element (for the URL). Maybe be useful in other cases.
Ella van Durpe
If this approach proves stable, then the same changes can also be made to the Post Editor.
Full-site editing no longer creates auto drafts
The auto drafts of block templates and template parts based directly on the files of full-site editing (FSE) themes have been removed in hopes to stabilize a fundamental part of FSE.
The border-radius support for the group block editor has also been added as Gutenberg’s experimental feature. Now the user will be able to see an option to set the border-radius in the block inspector.
DevKinsta allows you to spin up a local WordPress site with Nginx, MariaDB, and more with a single click. It comes with Adminer for database management, SMTP support, an email inbox to test outgoing emails, and multisite support. If you’re hosting at Kinsta, you can also push your local site to Kinsta staging with just a few clicks.
DevKinsta also supports HTTPS testing and allows developers to enable wp_debug with just a click.
It comes with the following features:
- One-click WordPress site creation
- PHP 7.x and 8.0 support
- Local email management
- Built-in database manager
- Seamless integration with MyKinsta
- A community of WordPress experts
While comparing DevKinsta with Local by Flywheel, Tom Zsomborgi (Chief Business Officer of Kinsta) said:
In our case, Docker is an important part here. Local doesn’t use virtualization in the background. Local has to install every piece of the environment to the host machine (NGINX, apache, different PHP versions, etc.). DevKinsta encapsulates these technologies into containers. Containers do make things easier for maintaining different applications without interrupting the host OS or installing many of the dependencies that are not required. We pretty much don’t touch the host OS, but have Docker as our main dependency to run the applications on their own environments.
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That sums up our February 2021 WordPress news roundup. Anything we missed?
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