What to Expect in WordPress 5.8 Updates (Features and Screenshots)

What’s New in WordPress 5.8 Updates (Features and Screenshots)

WordPress 5.8 beta is out which has been release. This will be the second major release of the year and comes with lots of new features and improvements.

There are lots of changes and improvement in wordpress 5.8 which is not in WordPress 5.7 which we will show you with features and screenshot

You can try out the beta version on your computer or on a staging environment by using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin.

Improvements to expect in WordPress V 5.8

There are lots of improvements to expect int the next WordPress updates such as

Template Editor Introduction

The new WordPress 5.8 will introduce the new template editor. This is use in creating a full site editing tool using the block editor, which means you can expect it to get better with future releases.


The template editor also allows you to create and save templates for your WordPress website and use them later for any post or page.

When you Switch to the template editor, it will allow you to add Site Editing blocks. A number of essential blocks are available including:

  • Query Loop
  • Post Title
  • Post Content
  • Post Date
  • Post Excerpt
  • Post Featured Image
  • Post Categories
  • Post Tags
  • Site Tagline
  • Site Title

The feature is optional, theme developers and users will be able to easily disable it.

The template editor still relies on your WordPress theme and inherits its styles.

WordPress WebP Images Introduction

WebP is an image format employing both lossy and lossless compression, and supports animation and alpha transparency. Currently, WordPress doesn’t support WebP images and users see an error when they try to upload a WebP image.


With WordPress 5.8, you’ll be able to upload WebP images to your WordPress website without using any plugins. Can’t you see it is amazing.
If majority of your users are using an unsupported browser, then you may still want to use an image compression plugin.

Easily Select Parent Block in Nested Blocks

Nested blocks like columns and groups allow you to easily group blocks. However, it sometimes becomes difficult to select the parent block inside a nested block.


WordPress 5.8 will now show an always visible parent block button in the toolbar.

Improved List View

WordPress 5.8 will come with an improved list view panel. It will show you the complete list of blocks in your post or page.

This would make it easier for users to move to a specific block in more complex layouts. For instance, if you have multiple paragraphs in a specific column then you can navigate using the list panel.

New Duotone Filters for Images and Media Blocks

Another exciting upcoming feature in WordPress 5.8 is the Duotone filters. You’ll be able to use these filters over your media blocks like images, galleries, and cover images. It comes with a few presets and you can create your own presets as well by choosing the colors you want to apply.

Pattern Suggestions in Add Block Panel

Using the add block panel if you search for a block, the editor will also suggest patterns that you can instantly add. There are some new patterns available and initial work has been laid for integration with the WordPress.org pattern directory.

Blocks As Widgets

Another big step towards full-site editor experience is the new blocks as widgets interface.

Users will be able to access the new widget experience by using the Customizer or by visiting the Appearance » Widgets page.
Blocks as widgets will bring the flexibility of the block editor to your WordPress sidebar widgets. You’ll be able to use colors, spacing, typography, and other design tools without installing any plugins. There is even a Widgets block that will let you use the classic widgets that are not available as blocks yet.


Improvements to Existing Blocks

There are several improvements to existing blocks. For instance, more color options to choose text, background, and link colors. More than Gutenberg block editor.


Things you need to know about WordPress 5.8

WordPress 5.8 will also bring many changes for developers to explore and use in their own themes, plugins, and projects.
Context aware filters to use block editor APIs on multiple WordPress admin screens.
WordPress will end support for Internet Explorer by the end of this year. 5.8 has merged most of the changes needed for that.
WordPress recovery mode email message will now only be shown when email can be sent.

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