What’s Coming in WordPress 5 8 Features and Screenshots

WordPress 5.8 has an expected release date of July 20th, 2021. It will be the second major release of the year with plenty of new improvements and features. Come join us as Christina covers what’s coming in WordPress 5.8!

One of the major improvements in the template editor that allows you to add site editing blocks such as the site logo, tagline, title, and many other layout blocks to design the site how you’re wanting without the need for a page builder. This template editor still relies on your WordPress theme to pull in its styles.

If you were looking to build a landing page or similar we would still recommend taking a look at SeedProd:


Another new feature is editing widgets as blocks. When editing widgets under Appearance, Widgets will bring up the new editor with all of the editing options that were added for posts such as spacing, typography, and other design tools without the need for plugins.

WordPress is also adding support for WebP images which is an image format that can reduce the size of your images by 25% or more. The downside of this is that it will not automatically replace the image with a JPEG or PNG if the user is not on a browser that supports WebP images.

WordPress has added an improved ability to select individual sections and groups of content. If you want to select a higher grouping than the object selected, there should be a button to go up one level to select the container. There’s also an improved list view to help sort and select specific blocks in an easy to read format.

For dragging and moving tools there has been an improvement to the handle including block highlighting as you move the mouse over different blocks. There are also Duotone filters that you can apply to your images that include presets as well as custom color options.

Developer Details:

WordPress will end support for Internet Explorer by the end of this year. 5.8 has merged most of the changes needed for that:


Context aware filters to use block editor APIs on multiple WordPress admin screens:


WordPress recovery mode email message will now only be shown when email can be sent:


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00:00 What’s coming in WordPress 5.8
00:28 Full site editing
02:54 Use blocks as widgets
03:47 Adding support for WebP images
04:33 Block editor improvements
05:22 Add Duotone filter to media
05:55 Pattern suggestion for blocks
06:13 color options for blocks, background color, link color, and text color
06:25 padding for columns
06:40 Gradient colors for tables
07:02 What to use to create a landing page now

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