📆 This is the December 2022 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
Hey, WordPress fans. We are checking in with our latest roundup of WordPress news from the past month.
November was a bit of a slow month in terms of WordPress news, perhaps because the US WordPress community was more focused on stuffing themselves with turkey 🦃 than working on WordPress sites. But despite that, there were still a few tasty tidbits that are worth sharing.
There was a new major WordPress release (6.1), details on State of the Word 2022, a rebrand of the Full Site Editing concept, big changes to Jetpack Search pricing, and a few other pieces worth sharing.
Let’s get to all of the WordPress news from the past month:
December 2022 WordPress News with CodeinWP
WordPress 6.1 released on November 1
The biggest news of the month happened on the very first day when WordPress 6.1 “Mischa” was released to the public.
WordPress 6.1 brought a number of new features and improvements to WordPress.
Most notably, it marked the arrival of a new default WordPress theme – Twenty Twenty-Three. As you’d expect, Twenty Twenty-Three focuses on using the new block-based approach to site building, with a number of patterns and style variations.
Beyond the new default theme, WordPress 6.1 also brought tons of improvements and enhancements to the Full Site Editing experience in the block editor (which – spoiler alert – will no longer be called Full Site Editing).
Here’s a quick run-down of the biggest additions:
- New template options to give you more control over your site. That is, you can more easily create templates for posts and pages, as well as template parts.
- Upgrades to the design controls for blocks.
- Improvements to the navigation menu management (personal note – the navigation menu is wildly confusing in the Site Editor, so I hope that it continues to get improvements).
- New option to apply lock settings to all the blocks inside a container block. For example, you can easily lock all the blocks inside a Group block.
- Themes can add starter patterns for any post type now (not just the Posts post type).
Beyond improvements to Full Site Editing, WordPress 6.1 also resolved 25 tickets dedicated to improving performance.
You can see all the performance-focused changes in the Performance Field Guide.
And to explore all the nitty-gritty changes in WordPress 6.1, you can explore the full WordPress 6.1 Field Guide.
State of the Word 2022 will be streamed live in December
As with last year’s State of the Word, State of the Word 2022 did not take place as part of WordCamp US like it did in the past.
Instead, it will be a separate event in December.
More specifically, State of the Word 2022 will be on December 15 in New York City from 1-2:30 PM EST.
The speech will take place in front of a live audience, but it will also be livestreamed via the WordPress YouTube channel, so anyone can watch it.
There is one change from last year, though.
In 2021, people were able to attend on an invite-only basis. But for 2022, you can request an invitation to attend if you’d like to go in person. The seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t wait too long if you want to attend.
Beyond attending, you can also participate by submitting a question for the Q&A portion of the event.
Because so many people will be livestreaming the event versus attending in person, you’re allowed to submit your questions via email – just send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, you’ll also be able to ask questions in the livestream chat on YouTube.
WooCommerce 7.1 launch
Beyond a new major WordPress release, November also brought us a new major WooCommerce release – WooCommerce 7.1.0 on November 8.
One of the biggest additions is the new High Performance Order Storage (HPOS) feature, which has finally made it into the WooCommerce plugin.
We’ve mentioned this feature a few times in our past news posts, but the basic idea is that it optimizes how WooCommerce stores its data in the WordPress database.
Because it’s a big change, this feature is still disabled by default. If you don’t enable it, nothing will change with your store (and I don’t recommend enabling it on existing live stores).
If you’re interested in exploring this new feature, WooCommerce has published several posts about it:
Beyond the new HPOS feature, WooCommerce 7.1 also brings some other enhancements:
- A new spotlight tour for creating products, which can help first-time users understand the WooCommerce product editor interface.
- New header and footer block patterns.
- A new Cart Cross-Sells block that you can include inside the Cart block.
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- WordPress 5.8 Is Here, Block Pattern Directory Now Live, Automattic Goes Podcast 🗞️ August 2021 WordPress News w/ CodeinWP
- WordPress.com Pricing Changes, WooCommerce FSE, Divi Cloud Launches 🗞️ May 2022 WordPress News w/ CodeinWP
That sums up our December 2022 WordPress news roundup. Anything we missed?
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