Major WordPress Update Will Make Hobbyists Look Like Master Web Developers announced the release of WordPress 5.9, a new version of the famous CMS that will change the way many people build their websites.

The new iteration of WordPress brings a series of fundamental changes. Perhaps most notable is the introduction of new themes entirely made up of blocks, which gives users much greater control over the site experience.

To help users get the most out of the changes, WordPress 5.9 comes with a new default theme called Twenty Twenty-Two. The theme is designed to be very flexible and can be molded and modified from the site editor, where users can make global changes to color scheme, font combinations, page templates, etc.

Beyond block-based themes, WordPress 5.9 also features new typography tools, layout options, and detail controls (for borders, spacing, etc.), which WordPress says will give to sites an added feeling of finish.

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WordPress 5.9 Update

The new release marks the halfway point of Project Gutenberg, a multi-year initiative that will eventually see the entire WordPress publishing experience reinvented. The general idea is to streamline the building process so that non-technical users are encouraged to get creative with their sites.

“This release is a major step in the journey towards being able to manage all areas of your WordPress site using the same basic block concepts,” said Josepha Haden Chomphosy, Executive Director of WordPress.

“It emphasizes how people can and should be able to create their space on the web without necessarily requiring them to be a brilliant developer. Because editing should belong to artists and creators as much as it belongs to the designers and developers.

WordPress 5.9 is the first release to feature this new foundational toolset, which will continue to be refined and improved over time with the help of the WordPress community.

To access the new full site editing features, users must either download WordPress 5.9 directly or update from their site’s dashboard and then activate Twenty Twenty-Two or another of the available block-based themes.

Esther L. Gunn