Gutenberg 0.3.0 Released with New Features

Gutenberg 0.3.0 released with new features

The Gutenberg Editor is here with its new version, Gutenberg 0.3.0. The newest version was released on Friday. New releases are shipping out on a weekly basis, so the testers will get to discover another round of new additions after updating to the latest.

The changelog has a full list of the 50 additions and improvements included in Gutenberg 0.3.0. However, here are some of the major interesting features that were added this week to 0.3.0.

Gutenberg developers have added front-end styles for core blocks. It means that content like cover images will now appear the same as they look in the admin area in the editor. The demo content has also been updated to display a full-width cover image.

Gutenberg 0.3.0 has also included new text and image quick inserts that appear when hovering over the blank space beneath the post content. This makes it faster to add the types of content that are used most frequently.

The new release has added a framework for notices. It provides developers with the reusable notice components, showing how to trigger notices, where they will show up and dismiss them. Gutenberg now displays notices on post save, schedule, and update.

Gutenberg 0.3.0 added a new block descriptions component to blocks with inspector controls. Several of the core blocks will now display descriptions. These will especially be useful when plugin developers begin to add their own custom blocks, offering users a quick way to see the purpose of the block.

The new release also adds more placeholder text to various blocks as “placeholders are key,” according to the newly added design blueprints and principles included in Gutenberg’s documentation.

Version 0.3.0 has also made several improvements that make it easier to edit and customize the image-oriented blocks with more options and settings. Some of them are listed below:

  • Added “edit image” button to image and cover image blocks
  • Added option to disable dimming the background in cover images
  • Added option to visually crop images in galleries for better alignment
  • Added option to display date and to configure number of posts in LatestPosts block
  • Added text formatting to CoverImage block
  • Added toggle option for fixed background in CoverImage
  • Added placeholder for all text blocks
  • Added placeholder text for headings, quotes, etc.

Active installs of Gutenberg editor plugin have nearly doubled since last week and is active on more than 900 sites. This is nearly 1% of the goal Matt Mullenweg set for testing on 100,000 sites before replacing the edit screen.

The plugin might also be advertised in the dashboard in a future release, probably in 4.8.1.

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