What’s New in WordPress 5.8 (Full Site Editing, WebP Images, Global Styles and Settings, and Much More)

WordPress 5.8 “Tatum” is here and it is a momentous release. Aside from the incredible number of features, improvements, and bug fixes, WP 5.8 introduces a new way of building websites by bringing the first features falling under the broader project known as Full Site Editing.

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Apart from Full Site Editing, WordPress 5.8 brings tons of changes and enhancements to several areas of the CMS.

WordPress users not using the Gutenberg plugin will find features and improvements coming from nine Gutenberg releases altogether (for a dive deep into each release, see Gutenberg 9.9, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7).

An important new feature for users serious about their sites’ performance is the WebP format support.

Developers will surely love IE11’s removal from the list of supported browsers, the new block configuration and styling mechanism based on theme.json, the improved block registration system based on block.json, and the many API improvements coming with the second WordPress release of 2021.

So, sit tight because it’s going to be a lengthy roundup of features and enhancements that pave the path for new powerful site-building tools expected to release in the coming months.

Table of Contents

  1. Full Site Editing Features in WordPress 5.8
  2. Block-Based Widgets Editor and Block Widgets in the Customizer
  3. Block Editor Features and Improvements
  4. Block Settings and Styles With theme.json
  5. Block API Enhancements
  6. WebP Support in WordPress 5.8
  7. Additional Features for Developers