WordPress widgets deliver you nearer to WYSIWYG
WordPress 5.8, also known as “Tatum” after a legendary jazz pianist, went public on July 20th of this year and came with nearly 300 new features and improvements.
Another announcement came from WordPress on August 9th, including examples of some “cool things” devs and SEOs can do with the widgets of a test page created by the post’s author:
Overlapping layouts and duotone images
The first example of features of the new WordPress version surrounded the aesthetic.
The Tatum version gives users more control than ever before.
A supporting video shows the user creating visual content to link to downloadable instructions within the widget before inserting it into the post.
Another example was changing the block behind the main picture to a complementary picture. With the scrolling you can choose exactly which part of the picture should sit behind the main picture.
You can also manipulate the colors in the core image to make it stand out even more if you wish.
Instead of having the title header awkwardly above the image block, you can now simply drag and drop it into the image and it will fit nicely.
Compared to the original version, the new look and feel for website visitors is much more eye-catching and appealing; No doubt hoping to increase the click rate and download rate.
Littering widgets and custom code
The second feature in the WordPress announcement was how you can now use block versions of widgets to wrap and overlay a container block to create a more integrated layout.
The example given involved adding custom HTML blocks within a column to display different messages at specific times of the day.
This would be useful for brick and mortar businesses to easily notify website visitors when the store is open or closed.
Another example was integrating a search bar into a block so that it sits within an image rather than above it.
Flexibility in relation to the title structure
The penultimate feature featured was the extra control a developer or SEO has over how titles appear on a page.
Each widget can have its own title, there could be a title for a widget area, or you could choose to exclude titles entirely.
Access to the WordPress pattern directory
The design becomes even easier with the option to copy and paste page layout templates from the WordPress templates directory.
After you’ve pasted the selected pattern, you can make color and copy adjustments to keep your page branded.
Although this feature is not built directly into the widget areas, the release indicated that this is a feature that can be introduced later.
In the meantime, however, users may experience “unexpected behavior” due to this particular feature.
Bring users closer to a “What you see is what you get” experience
According to WordPress, these changes bring users closer to a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editing experience.
It seems that this new version makes it easier to get the look you want without having to focus as much on custom coding.
Read the press release: WordPress Tatum press release
Read the support article: WordPress Tatum Support