📆 This is the June 2022 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
Hey, WordPress fans. We are back with you sharing the latest WordPress news that happened over the last month.
The biggest bit of news was the release of WordPress 6.0, which brings a number of enhancements to the Site Editor and full site editing experience, among other tweaks to the block editor and beyond.
Beyond that, WordPress’ market share dipped for the first time in its history(!), prompting furious debate.
Are the first two pieces of news connected? You can argue about it in the comments section!
Keep reading for all the WordPress news from June 2022.
June 2022 WordPress News with CodeinWP
WordPress 6.0 release
In the biggest news this month, WordPress 6.0 was officially released on May 24.
WordPress 6.0 is a major release that brings a number of new features, mostly focused on the Gutenberg project.
First off, WordPress 6.0 builds on the Site Editor experience that was released in WordPress 5.9. You’ll get a number of new options for controlling templates and styles, but only in themes that are specifically block-enabled (which probably doesn’t apply to your theme at this point, sorry).
You’ll also get new theme blocks to use in your templates, such as a post comments form and comments loop.
WordPress 6.0 also brings a bigger focus to block patterns, including making it easier to browse and insert patterns via a new pattern library interface.
It’s not all full site editing, though. There are also some enhancements to the regular editing experience. For example, you can now more easily select text across multiple paragraph blocks, which was a limitation I always found annoying in the past.
Other small but notable improvements include the following:
- Easier spacing control in the Gallery block.
- More control over the Columns block.
- Option to select multiple blocks in List View by using Shift + Click.
You can also lock blocks, which restricts users from moving or deleting that block.
If you want to learn about all the new features, check out the Themeisle guide to WordPress 6.0.
Again, WordPress 6.0 is a major release, which means it’s fine to wait a bit to update. Personally, I recommend waiting until at least the first patch, which gives the core team time to fix any potentially frustrating issues.
WordPress.com changes its pricing plans…again
In last month’s news roundup, we talked about how WordPress.com made big changes to its pricing plans.
As part of that, we mentioned how some users were upset because it would now cost more to use a custom domain (though they’d also gain the ability to install custom themes and plugins).
To respond to those upset users, WordPress.com has just changed its plans again, releasing a brand-new Starter plan that costs $5 per month.
The WordPress.com Pro plan stays exactly how it was at $15 per month. But now, the new WordPress.com Starter plan gives you the ability to use a custom domain name along with a few other features for a much cheaper price. Those other features are:
- The option to collect payments using the built-in Stripe/PayPal blocks.
- The ability to add Google Analytics.
However, the Starter plan does not allow you to install themes and plugins.
As a more important limitation, the Starter plan also does not remove the WordPress.com ads, which is something that the paid plans used to do.
Personally, I don’t see a ton of value in this new plan because I think you’re better off paying the extra $10 to remove ads and install your own plugins/themes. However, there does seem to be a sizable contingent of people who literally just want to use a custom domain name, so this plan should make them happy.
Additionally, if you’re on one of the older plans, you’re still grandfathered into the terms of your existing plan, so you don’t really need to think about any of this unless you plan to create a new site.
For a more in-depth look at WordPress.com, including their pricing plans, check out our WordPress.com review.
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That sums up our June 2022 WordPress news roundup. Anything we missed?
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