Episode 53: A Look at WordPress 6.2 “Dolphy”

Episode 53: A Look at WordPress 6.2 “Dolphy”

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Named after the multi-instrumentalist Eric Allan Dolphy Jr., WordPress 6.2 “Dolphy”‘s high notes are riffed on by WordPress’s Executive Director, Josepha Haden Chomphosy, on this 53rd episode of the WordPress Briefing.

Have a query you’d like answered? You can submit them to wpbriefing@wordpress.org, both written or as a voice recording.


Editor: Dustin Hartzler
Logo: Javier Arce
Production: Chloé Bringmann
Song: Fearless First by Kevin MacLeod

Show Notes


[Josepha Haden Chomphosy 00:00:00]

Hello everybody, and welcome to the WordPress Briefing, the podcast the place you possibly can catch fast explanations of the concepts behind the WordPress Open Source undertaking, some perception into the group that helps it, and get a small listing of huge issues arising within the subsequent two weeks.

I’m your host, Josepha Haden Chomphosy. Here we go.


The newest model of WordPress has shipped. WordPress 6.2, which was named after Eric Dolphy, was launched on March twenty ninth. And as is the way in which with software program, there’s already a minor launch underway to catch just a few errant points that folk like you might have reported to us.

It’s an enormous launch that refines plenty of our design instruments, however among the most vital modifications are literally to the inserter. If you haven’t had an opportunity to get in there and play with it but, listed below are the three issues that I feel you must know.

[Josepha Haden Chomphosy 00:01:08]

First, the sample browser. We’re all conscious of the block inserter by now, and plenty of us most likely use the fast choices, the keyboard shortcuts, or that type of inline inserter, that little black field that’s in the midst of your publish.

If you employ the principle inserter, that’s a blue sq. within the prime left of the display screen. If you employ that so as to add a block, you possibly can nonetheless add particular person blocks as traditional. But there’s a brand new option to browse patterns, and for my part, it’s so significantly better. It now brings out this drawer that has like thumbnails of patterns that can work along with your theme.

And should you, like me, know what you need your web site to seem like, however couldn’t in one million years determine how one can construct it from scratch out of particular person blocks, then that is the realm for you. It was like buying, however you don’t must undergo a checkout course of at the top, and you continue to have what you need. It’s nice. 

[Josepha Haden Chomphosy 00:02:00] 

That’s additionally out there whenever you’re engaged on templates or template elements, so you can also make modifications in every single place as a substitute of going web page by web page. The second factor that I feel you must know is concerning the media browser in that very same space the place you browse your patterns; it’s also possible to now browse for media.

It enables you to look by means of the pictures you’ve already added to your web site, nevertheless it additionally enables you to seek for overtly licensed pictures from Openverse. And should you select a kind of pictures from Openverse, it inserts the right attribution for you. You nonetheless have so as to add your personal alt textual content, however that’s the enjoyable half anyway, proper?

[Josepha Haden Chomphosy 00:02:35] 

And quantity three, a Style Book. So this factor is accessible within the template modifying space, particularly, as is suitable, given what it really does. So should you’re within the template space, towards the highest proper of the display screen is sort of a half moon day mode, night time mode trying icon. If you click on on that, you can also make modifications to issues inside your blocks.

But should you click on on the little eyeball icon that’s simply beneath it, it pulls up a mode ebook the place it’s also possible to see and edit the types globally. If that didn’t make sense to you, don’t fear. I’ve obtained you. I’m about to let you know a bunch of issues you are able to do in right here. You can edit the way in which headings and lists and tables, quotes, and code appears to be like all throughout the location. You can edit the way in which pictures, galleries, recordsdata, and movies look utilizing customized CSS.

Yes. Also, all throughout the location. And you possibly can edit buttons, separators, and particular person blocks. Say it with me — all throughout the location. That will not be a complete listing. There is a ton of stuff. You can see the types that you’ve got utilized throughout the entire web site. You can see them in context, and you can also make any modifications that you simply want globally, which implies all throughout the location.

Yeah. Style Books. What will we consider subsequent?

[Josepha Haden Chomphosy 00:03:54] 

So these are my three issues I feel you must learn about WordPress proper now. As a former WordPress builder who was by no means actually tremendous nice with the code, these things makes me really feel highly effective. I simply love these modifications, and I hope you do too.


Which brings us now to our small listing of huge issues. First, we simply launched the Developer Blog. It’s over at developer.wordpress.org/information. It has a bunch of content material on it that not solely is geared particularly towards builders which can be utilizing WordPress however particularly the parents who’re extending WordPress. It provides you type of an in-depth look at varied modifications and tasks, and implementations and what goes into every considered one of them.

So it provides you a little bit of like this aspirational overview of stuff that you can do with WordPress after which additionally provides you an inside look at how you’d accomplish it your self. It’s very cool. I prefer it quite a bit. Head on over there, however we’ll have a hyperlink to the present notes under.

[Josepha Haden Chomphosy 00:05:00] 

The second factor is that we’ve an MVP of our new mentorship program that’s underway.

It ought to be debuting for basically testing any day now, a hyperlink to the posts detailing that work, simply in case you wish to be part of that vital initiative. But it is a crucial factor for me. I feel that mentorship is a key component of a lot of our profitable contributors’ onboarding journeys, part of their story of coming to us.

And so, making a mentorship program that could be a bit sustainable and appears towards the well being of the general undertaking, I feel, is a superb plan. 

[Josepha Haden Chomphosy 00:05:38] 

The third factor on our small listing of huge issues is that Matt put out a pleasant little publish about type of the historical past of why jazz has this sturdy background within the WordPress undertaking. It’s a quick learn. I’ll put a hyperlink to that within the present notes as nicely. But suffice it to say that he’s saying that jazz has just a little little bit of realized processes and guidelines however that the first expectation is that you simply’re in a position to make of the jazz what you need. Like you get to make your personal factor out of it. You get to be extemporaneous. You get to be very measured, no matter it’s, that expresses what you are attempting to do and what you are attempting to say with it.

That’s why he seems like jazz is such an vital a part of the DNA of the WordPress undertaking. Like I mentioned, it’s a brief learn. I’ll put a hyperlink to it within the present notes.

[Josepha Haden Chomphosy 00:06:30] 

And lastly, there are just a few working teams that folk can contribute to proper now. We don’t all the time have working teams. We usually simply type of do stuff inside particular person groups. But proper now, we’ve obtained like the children camp group, the sustainability group, and naturally, that mentorship working group that I discussed earlier in our listing.

So should you’re wanting just a little change of tempo, I’d drop by their areas within the Making WordPress Slack to see if they’ve something that’s up your alley.

And that, my mates, is your small listing of huge issues. Thank you for tuning in as we speak for the WordPress Briefing. I’m your host, Josepha Haden Chomphosy, and I’ll see you once more in a few weeks.


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