WordPress 6.3 Gets a Jazz Tune Up

Today’s WordPress 6.3 release, affectionately named “Lionel” after the legendary jazz artist, Lionel Hampton promises to make your website editing experience groove more than ever. Let’s look at what’s in this latest exciting update

The All-New Template Editor

First off, let’s talk about my personal favourite – the template editor. Gone are the days of juggling between different sections to manage your site’s layout. With WordPress 6.3, everything’s right at your fingertips. From navigation menus to style customisations, it’s all in one place. Not only that, but the header and footer components finally have a home and can be easily controlled in a familiar way to update both structure and content.

Command Palette: Your Site Editor’s Magic Wand

Ever wished for a quicker way to navigate through the site editor? Enter the Command Palette. A few keyboard shortcuts, and voilà! You’re where you need to be. We’ve seen this type of control available on Mac, Windows and popular IDEs for sometime, so introducing it to WordPress will feel natural for most.

Press Ctrl+K on Windows, or Cmd+K on Mac to activate the prompt.

image 25

Distraction-Free Mode: For Those ‘In the Zone’ Moments

Sometimes, less is more. With the expanded distraction-free mode, you can focus solely on your content, giving you the space to be creative with your writing. This is ideal for crafting out a long blog post without the editor items peering over you the whole time. All you have to do is type and no editor distractions will popup to interrupt your flow.

Preview Block Themes Before Committing

Ever tried on an outfit before buying it? Now, you can do the same with block themes. Preview, tweak, and once you’re head over heels, make it official! The great thing about this feature is you can prepare necessary adaptations during the previous nice, so if changing the theme means certain content has to change, then you can do your updates and publish both the updated theme and content updates together

Aspect Ratio Controls & The Details Block

Maintain design integrity with the new aspect ratio controls for images. This is a long overdue addition to the image block and it’s something we’re already used to in the GeneratePress Image Block version. You can now define the type of space you are trying to fill with an image by specifying a ratio and whatever image you put in will scale to fit. CSS fans will recognise the “Cover” and “Contain” keywords and their relevance to background image placement.

WordPress 6.3 Aspect Ratio Control

Plus, the Details block is here to add a sprinkle of mystery to your content. It’s effectively a collapsed accordion that the user can open when they want to drill down into the content. My first though is whether this could be adapted for use as an FAQ block, but I don’t believe there are any plans to include the FAQ schema at this stage.

Footnotes: Because Details Matter

Add that extra layer of information with the new footnotes feature. Simply select a bit of text and choose Footnote from the text menu selector to drop an index in the text and include the footnote citation or reference at the bottom of the article. Hyperlinks included!

image 24

Mobile Preview: Because Size Does Matter

Last but not least, resize your Site Editor to see how your site looks on smaller screens. It’s all about getting the perfect fit and you can see instantly how your site will appear in any size. This is something Google Dev Tools users will be familiar with when viewing responsively and it’s a welcome editor to the WordPress experience.

WordPress 6.3, In Conclusion…

WordPress 6.3 is here to jazz up your website editing experience. So, whether you’re a seasoned developer or a hardcore content writer, there’s something in this update to get your toes tapping.

Alpha Labs are WordPress Development specialists and available for hire should you need any assistance getting your WordPress website updated to the new smooth version of 6.3

Why not get in touch for a natter
about websites?

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Photo of author

About the author

I'm Joseph D'Souza, an experienced .NET developer with a speciality in Umbraco and WordPress development. My professional journey began in 2010, when I graduated with a degree in computer science. Since then, I've navigated the web development world, honing my skills as a full-stack developer across front-end, back-end, and database design.Today, I'm proud to be the Director of Alpha Labs, a leading web development firm based in High Wycombe. I use my broad expertise in various web development technologies to deliver high-quality, user-centric web solutions, setting Alpha Labs apart in this fast-paced digital world.

We can help you with your project too!