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The much-anticipated WordPress 6.2 released on March 29, 2023, four months after WordPress 6.1 came out.

As of writing, the WordPress team has since released five beta versions — with the fifth beta version released on March 7, 2023. Three release candidates followed each week after that before the final version came out on March 29.

Community members were encouraged to test beta versions and release candidates so developers can address any issues.

On the Roadmap to 6.2, the WordPress development team gave users a sneak peek of features to watch out for. By the looks of it, WordPress 6.2 promises to be a game-changer in the website builder market.

In this guide, we give you a glimpse at features you can expect from WordPress 6.2.

Site Editor comes out of beta

One of the most significant updates you’ll notice in WordPress 6.2 is that when you go to Appearance > Site Editor,the beta label won’t be there anymore.

WordPress 6.2 marks the end of the Full Site Editor feature in the beta phase, meaning the Site Editor is now stable enough for WordPress users to use and create block-based themes and websites.

The beta label no longer appears after the Editor.

Template previews

Another change WordPress 6.2 is bringing is Template previews.

In earlier versions, the Site Editor loaded the template’s homepage, leaving users confused about which template or part of the template to edit.

With the update, the Site Editor loads template previews first, so you can see what the templates look like when you browse.

Users can now preview templates in WordPress 6.2.

Template Parts and color-coded labels

Besides template previews, version 6.2 introduces a feature that instantly converts widgets compatible with the Classic Editor into Template Parts in the Block theme.

With limited support for the Classic Editor after 2022, classic widget themes lost their legacy widgets when users shifted to block themes. WordPress 6.2 makes transitioning easier by converting Classic theme widgets into block-based Template Parts.

A color-coded label differentiates editing for Template Parts from other standalone elements.

WordPress 6.2 also highlights Reusable Blocks and Template Parts you’re editing to help users differentiate whether they’re editing for a template, block, page, or post.

Compared to other elements, template edits affect other pages on the website.

A colored border with a Template Part icon attached will surround the element. You can find these color-coded labels in List View, the Block toolbar, and Canvas.

Improved Navigation menus

WordPress 6.2 also improves how users create and manage menus using the Full Site Editor.

In previous versions, you’d have to edit inline menu items manually. In version 6.2, you can add, remove, and edit menu items using the Navigation block.

Clicking on the three-dot menu creates a new blank menu or loads an older one, while clicking the Add Block (+) button adds a new menu item. You can also drag menu items to rearrange them.

Users can now drag and drop menu items to rearrange them.

Simplified pattern insertion

WordPress 6.2 simplifies the pattern insertion panel by arranging all patterns in a drop-down list of categories instead of pattern previews.

The drop-down list makes it easier to view the designs, switch between pattern categories, and explore all available patterns. The new categories also include patterns for Header and Footer sections.

WordPress 6.2 makes it easier for users to choose patterns with a drop-down menu.

Changes to Global Styles

The Global Styles feature gets many updates in WordPress 6.2.

The changes introduced include:

  • A Style Book to preview all styles
  • Global block style changes
  • The ability to copy and paste block styles

Style Book to preview all styles

In WordPress 6.2, the Site Editor will introduce a Style Book that lets you preview all your styles in one place. By offering a complete overview of your website’s design details, you can find and edit blocks more quickly.

Global block style changes

After introducing the Global Styles feature, it’s been much easier to edit blocks.

With WordPress 6.2, you can easily update and customize blocks globally using the Apply globally button under the Advanced section of the Block Settings panel.

WordPress 6.2 makes updating and customizing blocks globally easy using the Apply globally button.

Copy-paste block styles

In WordPress 6.2, you can now copy and paste block styles. To copy a block, click block options and select Copy styles.

From there, click on the block you want to edit and select Paste styles.

WordPress 6.2 includes a feature that allows you to copy and paste styles.

New distraction-free mode

WordPress 6.2 also introduces a “Distraction-free” mode for focused writing on Gutenberg.

The ​​WordPress post editor once let users hide formatting buttons and toolbars, but WordPress 5.4 made the editor’s full-screen its default setting. It gave users a wider writing surface, but it wasn’t distraction-free.

But with 6.2, you can enjoy a blank screen by choosing the distraction-free mode from the editor settings.

Openverse integration

WordPress 6.2 includes an Openverse integration, empowering you to insert free, open-licensed media from within the editor. You’ll find the feature on the Media tab in the block inserter.

The team ran into a few hiccups regarding hotlinking during image insertion, which they resolved after a few discussions. Upload images to the media library before adding them to the content.

Additional updates

Other WordPress 6.2 updates worth mentioning include:

  • Download link for media files. You can now download media files. Media files under the list view now show a Download file link.
You can now download media files with a Download file button.
  • New Settings icon. The Settings icon is also getting a makeover. Originally a gears icon, the Settings icon is now represented by a panel.
WordPress 6.2 introduces a panel-shaped Settings icon, replacing the gear-shaped icon
  • Separate subpanels for blocks and styles. In WordPress 6.2, the Site Editor will show separate subpanels for block settings and styles, making it easy for users to navigate when they change the appearance of a block.
WordPress 6.2 separates subpanels for blocks and styles.

Final thoughts: What to expect in WordPress 6.2

The WordPress community eagerly anticipates the release of WordPress 6.2, which brings numerous changes to the Site Editor, template, block, and pattern features, Openverse integrations, and a new distraction-free mode.

Check out the rest of WordPress 6.2 features in this demo video, and watch out as WordPress 6.2 drops on March 28, 2023.

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  • Devin Sears

    Devin is a Senior Event Marketing Manager for the Bluehost brand. He is our brand steward for all things Bluehost and WordPress. You'll always see him supporting Bluehost at WordCamps around the world!

    Brigham Young University
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    Social Media, Customer Experience, Field Marketing, Sponsorships, Event Coordinator
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