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WordPress widgets get you closer to WYSIWYG

WordPress widgets get you closer to WYSIWYG

WordPress 5.8, also known as “Tatum” after a legendary jazz pianist, was made publicly available on July 20 this year and came with nearly 300 new features and improvements.

An additional announcement came from WordPress on August 9th, including examples of some ‘cool stuff’ Devs and SEOs can do with the widgets from a test site created by the post author:

Overlapping layout and Duotone images

The first example of features from the new WordPress version surrounded aesthetics.

The Tatum version has more control over users than ever before.

In a supporting video, you see the user create visual content to link to a guide that can be downloaded in the widget before being inserted into the post.


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Another example came with changing the block behind the main image to a complementary image. You can use the scroll wheel to select exactly which part of the image you want to sit behind the main image.

You can also manipulate the colors in the core image to help it stand out even more if you wish.

Finally, instead of having the title caption awkwardly over the image block, you can now just drag and drop it into the image and it will sit nicely.

Compared to the original version, the new look is much more eye-catching and appealing to on-site visitors; no doubt in hopes of increasing CTR and download rate.


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Dissemination of widgets and custom code

The other feature of WordPress’ announcement was how you can now use block versions of widgets to pack and layer in a container block to create a more integrated layout.

The example given included adding custom HTML blocks to a column to display different messages at specific times of the day.

This would be useful for companies with bricks and mortar stores to easily inform site visitors when the store is open or closed.

Another example involved integrating a search bar into a block so that it sits in an image rather than above it.

Flexibility in relation to title structure

The penultimate feature that was shown was the extra control a Dev or SEO has over how titles are displayed on a page.

Each widget can have its own title, which can be a title for a widget area, or you can choose to completely exclude titles.

Access the WordPress Pattern Directory

Design is made even easier with the ability to copy and paste page layout templates from the WordPress Pattern Directory.

Once you have inserted your chosen pattern, you can make color and copy adjustments to keep your page on the mark.

Although this feature is not incorporated directly into the widget areas, it was suggested in the release that this is a feature that may be rolled out later on the line.


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In the meantime, however, users may experience some ‘unexpected behavior’ from this particular feature.

Getting users closer to an experience of ‘What you see is what you get’

According to WordPress, these changes bring users closer to a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editing experience.

It seems that this new version makes it easier to get the look you want without having to focus so heavily on custom coding.

Read the press release: WordPress Tatum Press Release
Read the support article: WordPress Tatum Support

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