Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

A sneak peek at WordPress 5.9 –

In addition to the short list of the big things in this episode, Josefa Haiden Chomfosi reviews the upcoming WordPress 5.9 release and its full site editing features.

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Josepha Haden Chomfossie 00:10

Hello everyone, and welcome to the WordPress Briefing. The podcast where you can get a quick explanation of the ideas behind the WordPress open source project, some insight into the community that supports it, and a short list of the big things to come in the next two weeks. I’m your host, Joseph Hayden Chomphosi. here is my.

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 00:40

Today I’m going to give you a quick look at the final WordPress release for 2021. This will be WordPress 5.9. And there will be tons of things to do, including a brand new default theme. And there are a few things you need to know about it right now. The target release date is December 14, 2021, which means some of our milestones happen around Thanksgiving in the US. And globally some important business dates, days, such as Giving Tuesday and Black Friday, etc. I’ll include a link to the post with all the target dates in the show notes so you can plan with those in mind. And also in show notes. I’ll include a link to Matías Ventura’s post which includes target features for release. When you look at that post, you’ll notice that you can organize things in groups into two big buckets. The two buckets I’ve grouped them into are Themes Plus Tools, and Better Tools, too.

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 01:31

So bucket number one themes and all their tools. Three things were important to me as I was reading through them. Number one is that there is a default theme. By the time of this recording, I’ve seen the early concepts for the subject matter, and I love them. Hopefully, by the time this podcast is published, a post showing the look and feel will also be available at If that’s the case, I’ll include a link in the show notes to make reference easier for everyone.

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 02:04

The other thing is block themes in general. So WordPress 5.8 core brought a lot of infrastructure needed to build block themes in WordPress. And in this release in WordPress 5.9, much of that infrastructure will be made available to people who don’t always feel comfortable working in code. It’s mostly UX and UI changes. So user experience and user interface changes are based on user feedback that we’ve collected over the past six to eight months. But it will also include the long-awaited navigation block.

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 02:37

The third thing I notice in this first bucket, the themes and all of their tool buckets, is the UX and interface for theme.json. The user interface we are providing for theme.json is a major step forward in the project of what has been referred to as global styles for some years now. And it’s just like what it looks like on the box, a way for users to tap into that powerful management tool we’ve built through Theme.JSON.

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 03:09

Bucket number two is what I’m publicly calling “tools for days.” But at the same time, I refer to it as the Design Tool, the Block Tool, and the Pattern Tool. I had this whole vision of the Wizard of Oz, “Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!” moment, but I couldn’t get it to work. So “design tool and block tool and pattern tool hoorah!” This is as close as we’re getting. So that’s my first big number two bucket for you .

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 03:37

For most of these devices, the best way to describe it is improving quality of life, streamlining what is, a lot of buildings that aren’t. But there is one out there that is substantial and worth digging into a bit more. And that gallery is the block reflector. Dev Note already exists for this. Like before we had the planning round-up post, the dev note was created. And so I’ll put a link to that in the show notes. But the title is that this reflector will create and maintain image blocks and gallery blocks will work the same way. If you’re a theme or plugin developer, visit the dev notes I’ve linked below and take some time to get familiar with it.

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 04:20

And then the last thing, which has a bunch of small things but will make a big impact for all of our users, is that we are working on a more intuitive and responsive tool on the block. This has come up repeatedly in our user testing over the past six to eight months. And we’re going to distill our long list of needs into those particular toolset. And all. So that’s a really big comprehensive look at what we’re trying to get into the final release of the year.

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 04:58

I know we have hope for stuff when I say so. This is our best guess at the moment. Sometimes it can feel like we should already know—I should already know what’s going on in the release. And on the one hand, yeah, I believe in the list of things we’re going to put in the release, I think they’ll be good. But I always refer to it as things to expect, things on the roadmap, our best goals, because I know I never want to send something that’s a worse experience for users. And so I’ve always wanted to be able to remove a feature or remove an enhancement, a little closer to the time of release, to make sure what we’re offering is the best we can offer. . However, as it says right there in the 19 Lessons of Open Source, “if there’s a bug, there’s a job,” right? Open source software has a very high tolerance for shipping, a slightly incomplete task. And that’s good. When we ship software that’s a bit imperfect, it’s clear how everyone can participate, how everyone can participate, if they can find this WordPress community that supports the CMS.

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 06:20

If you’ve never participated in a release and are interested to learn how it goes, you can always follow along at And of course, we do a lot of our meetings building WordPress, community Slack, which you can find at if you’re not already in that particular instance.

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 06:49

This now brings us to our short list of the big things. I have three things on your list. The first WP translation day is slash month. For those of you who’ve been following along for a while, you’ve probably noticed that Translation Day goes on all month long throughout September so we can do small individual local events and get people to translate WordPress and make WordPress more. be brought into the process. Usable for more people, especially when they don’t necessarily speak English as their first language. This is a wonderful event. For years there has been Translation Day at the end of September. And this translation month is working till that translation day; I’ll leave a link to the event page in the notes below. And I really encourage you to leave.

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 07:38

The other thing is that WordCamp is coming to the US on October 1. It’s going to be a virtual event, because we have so many events right now. Tickets are open. The schedule has been published only last week. And so we have a pretty good idea of ​​who’s talking about what while we’re there. I suggest you go around on schedule. Take a look at anything that might be inspirational to you or someone who looks like they’re answering your questions as you’re trying to build your WordPress business.

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 08:08

And then the third thing on my small and big things. Some of you may already know that Andrea Middleton has left the WordPress project. She has been an absolute fixture in the WordPress open source project for the past ten years. And while we’ll all miss her dearly, her work has been so influential and so groundbreaking that we won’t really feel like she’s gone. As we build a better and more inclusive WordPress after that, we’ll see proof of his work in everything he does and everything he does.

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 08:47

As a final love letter to the community, she published a series of things she learned about contributing to open source and specifically how to contribute to WordPress as an open source project. I’m going to link them in the show notes as well. For anyone who has worked with Andrea for a long time, when you read this, it will remind you of her voice and be like a nice warm, comforting hug as you move on to your next endeavors. And for those who have never worked with him before. It’s still really excellent information that I think translates to all areas of our work, especially right now as people are moving a little bit more into distributed work and remote work. Now I encourage everyone to read at least one or two of them.

Josepha Haden Chomfossie 09:38

That, my friends, is your short list of big things. Thanks for tuning in to the WordPress Briefing today. I’m your host, Josepha Haden Chomfosi, and I’ll see you again in a few weeks.

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