WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – 21st July 2021 – What’s new in WordPress 5.8 and how to use it

Join the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 21st July 2021 to discover what’s new in WordPress 5.8 “Tatum” and how to use it.

The event starts at 7pm BST (6pm UTC). We will be providing a Zoom link for you to connect to the online Meetup.

To get the link, please register to attend this #OnlineWPMeetup.

What’s new in WordPress 5.8?

The next stop on the road to full site editing

There are quite a few changes that affect the end user, including:

  • Block Widgets
  • New blocks and patterns
  • Template editor
  • Block editor improvements:
    • List View,
    • Suggested Patterns,
    • Duotone filters

For Developers:

  • theme.json
  • Dropping support for Internet Explorer 11
  • WebP
  • additional “block supports” capability

YouTube videos now being embedded.


WordPress 5.8 and how to use it. Part One – Overview of improvements
WordPress 5.8 Part Two – Block widget editor
WordPress 5.8 Part Two – Block widget editor continued
WordPress 5.8 Part Three – New Blocks and Patterns
WordPress 5.8 – Part Four – Template editor
WordPress 5.8 – Part Two revisited – Customizer block widgets
WordPress 5.8 – Part Five – Duotone filters
WordPress 5.8 – Part Six – theme.json
WordPress 5.8 – Part Seven – WebP
WordPress 5.8 – Part Eight – Follow on chat

How to use it

Our intention is to help explain some of the changes and how to use them.

If you’ve already installed WordPress 5.8 you may have already seen the About WordPress 5.8 page. If you want to see it again, visit the About WordPress page under the WordPress logo in the Admin bar.


where you replace example.com with your own website address. e.g.



To be confirmed. The usual suspects (ie the co-organisers – Abha, Drew, Herb and Scott ) might have something to say on each topic. Plus, I know the Marketing team have been working hard on preparing for WordPress 5.8 so maybe we’ll hear from some of them too.

What bugs you?

Have you already found a bug in WordPress 5.8? Is it a real bug or just a niggle? If it’s a real bug do you want to report it?

What’s next for Full Site Editing?

If we have time we may also discuss what’s planned for WordPress 5.9.


Time Item
7.00pm Connect to Zoom. Bring your own drink and chat
7.10pm Organisers’ introduction to the online meeting
7:15pm What’s new in WordPress 5.8 and how to use it incl. Q & A
8:45pm Wrap-up

To find the times in your location, websites like WorldTimeBuddy.com can help. Put in the timezone you want to convert (7pm BST in this case), and enter your location timezone to view your local time.



Official WordPress.org – latest first

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