Gutenberg 14.7 Introduces Color Coding for Template Parts and Reusable Blocks, Adds Media Tab to Inserter

Sometimes Gutenberg introduces features that you never knew you needed. Such is the case with the new color coding system in the Site Editor. The latest 14.7 release adds color to template parts and reusable blocks in the list view, block toolbar, and block selection outlines. The colorization is intended to help users differentiate between the different block types as they edit their designs.

video source: Gutenberg PR #32163

Another UI enhancement in version 14.7 is a new, experimental split control for block settings. It splits the block inspector sidebar to separate the settings controls from the appearance controls, giving the appearance side the same half-moon icon used for styles in the Site Editor. The intention is to make it easier to manage blocks with many controls, such as Group or Navigation blocks, that would end up having the settings scrolling down the page.

image source: Gutenberg 14.7 release post

The split control enhancement isn’t set in stone yet, as it must be enabled as an experimental feature in the Gutenberg > Experiments admin menu. It seems helpful but could prove to be more confusing for users, so further testing is needed before it moves out of experiments.

The inserter is getting a major change in 14.7 with the addition of a Media tab, making it faster to add images, video, and audio. Users can select the new tab and select a media type to see the ten most recent items. There’s also an “Open Media Library” button at the bottom of the panel.

Other notable updates in 14.7 include the following:

  • Page List block can now expand inside the List View to see the hierarchy of pages (45776)
  • Layout controls added to children of flex layout blocks (width for row and height for stack are now available for child Row and Stack blocks) (45364)
  • Significant load time performance improvements from caching the results of querying settings from theme.json. (45372)

Check out the changelog to get a more detailed look at the dozens of improvements and bug fixes included in 14.7.

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3 responses to “Gutenberg 14.7 Introduces Color Coding for Template Parts and Reusable Blocks, Adds Media Tab to Inserter”

  1. Gutenberg, the editor that said it would never be a page builder?

    Gutenberg, starting to look a little bit like Divi?

    Gutenberg, so many buttons it now needs a manual?

    That’s the chorus. You can write the verses in the plug-in reviews.

    • Well it has to have all the same functionality as the DIVI theme or the whole project is a complete waste of time. It was a page builder even before version 5.0 of the idea was forced on us.

      While I like that Gutenberg keeps on getting updates the User Interface that DIVI is still sooooo much better than Gutenberg.

    • It’s not a page builder.

      Look at BMW putting round wheels on their cars just like Benz.

      My TV has a manual and it’s only got one button.

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