Say hello to this year’s theme… Twenty Twenty-Two.

It’s time for the annual default theme update and this year’s theme is the first-ever WordPress block theme – a brand-new way to work with WordPress themes.

Block themes put a wide array of visual choices directly in your hands, from colour schemes and font combinations to page templates and image filters, all from the Site Editor – once a theme has been coded to take advantage of these features.

Wordpress 5.9 released

Your personal paintbox awaits

When you use any of those new themes, you no longer need the Customiser. Instead, you have all the power of the Styles interface inside the Site Editor. Just as in Twenty Twenty‑Two, you build your site’s look and feel there, with the tools you need for the job in a fluid interface that practically comes alive in your hands.

The Navigation block

Blocks come to site navigation, the heart of user experience, giving you the power to choose: an always-on responsive menu or one that adapts to your user’s screen size. Whatever you create, know it’s there to reuse wherever you like, whether in a brand new template or after switching themes.

More improvements and updates

Do you love to blog? New tweaks to the publishing flow help you say more, faster.

 

Better block controls

WordPress 5.9 features new typography tools, flexible layout controls, and finer control over details like spacing, borders, and more – to help you get not just the look, but the polish that says you care about details.

The power of patterns

The WordPress Pattern Directory is the home of a wide range of block patterns (if your theme is coded to use this feature) built to save you time and add to your site’s functionality. And you can edit them as you see fit. Need something different in the header or footer for your theme? Swap it out with a new one in a few clicks.

With a nearly full-screen view that draws you in to see fine details, the Pattern Explorer makes it easy to compare patterns and choose the one your users need.

A revamped List View

In 5.9, the List View lets you drag and drop your content exactly where you want it. Managing complex documents is easier, too: simple controls let you expand and collapse sections as you build your site—and add HTML anchors to your blocks to help users get around the page.

Treat every image in a Gallery Block the same way you would treat it in the Image Block.

Style every image in your gallery differently, or make them all the same, except for one or two. Or change the layout with drag-and-drop.


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Tony Cook

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26.01.22

Tony Cook

Tony Cook

Tony is one of the founders, lead designer and head of digital at CuCo. Since graduation with a BA(Hons) in Advertising and Graphic Communications he has over 21 years' hands-on experience in creative design and over 18 years in digital design, Tony is responsible for building great websites for CuCo's clients, but also likes to keep his foot in the print side of the business and help deliver creative ideas for ambitious brands.

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