I had a call with Matt Mullenweg to discuss some things regarding the upcoming Gutenberg release, the critiques around accessibility, and thoughts I’ve had around the way this release and other releases are scheduled. I’ll keep this note to the accessibility components. There have been ample critiques of Gutenberg, with a great deal of heat […]
The sixth WordCamp Europe is happening now on June 15-16 (it was preceded by Contributor Day on the 14th) in Belgrade, Serbia. As you would expect from a large WordCamp, the lineup is full of great talks given by a diverse group of speakers with a livestream provided for those unable to attend. The highlight of the event […]
I am joined by Matt Mullenweg to discuss decision making, Gutenberg, core WordPress processes, Automattic’s business, and more.
Gutenberg was the talk of town at WordCamp US, as you may expect. Most people have their own thoughts on the product itself, the necessity of its existence, the process in creating it, or a variety of other things. I am pleased to see the progress that’s been made on the product itself. And I […]
Human Made released a white paper covering everything about Gutenberg and the changes it will bring into WordPress 5.0. The white paper is excellent, but this is also an excellent sales tool. You enter your email address and get subscribed to their newsletter to download it, and then the white paper itself is an excellent […]
Gutenberg and Full Site Editing Gutenberg 6.1 was released this past week, and it includes some significant interface enhancements you will notice right away. The most noteworthy is the introduction of motion/animation when you are reordering, adding, or removing blocks. The image block link settings have been improved too, and REST API error messages now […]
Gutenberg has been an ambitious undertaking, but the new WordPress editor marks an important step for WordPress. The platform must continue to be both easier to use and more powerful to extend, and Gutenberg is a step in the right direction on both fronts.
Matt Mullenweg just completed the 2019 State of the Word, where he offered a comprehensive overview of the last year of all things WordPress.
Gutenberg 4.3 was released with many updates, including core custom field meta box toggling, an API for annotations, URL validation to link input in RichText, improved navigation and interactions around the Columns and Gallery blocks, and speech announcement support for block multi-selection. Gutenberg 4.4 soon followed and addressed some long-standing usability issues along with additional fixes. […]
Gutenberg 4.5 was released a few days ago, and it “matches the first 5.0 RC feature set.” Some notable additions include: (1) a minimal multi-selection block panel; (2) the “Disable Visual Editor” option can be set on a per-user basis; (3) drafts are saved on preview; (4) a different default editor font may be specified per […]
Gutenberg 3.4 was recently released with “a multitude of improvements when converting existing content to blocks,” a REST API search controller, additional documentation, and more than a dozen bug fixes. Gary Pendergast also shared a sample plugin on Github that shows how to convert existing shortcodes into shiny new Gutenberg blocks. Brady Vercher has created a Gutenberg […]
Gutenberg 4.6 is out with a relatively shorter changelog than in the past. Mostly browser related fixes (for IE11, Edge, drag-and-drop functionality), an improvement for block preview styling, and various other tweaks and fixes. This “what’s new” update has been noted as the “final” one, so we are close. WordPress 5.0 RC2 was also released. […]
To no one’s surprise, several Gutenberg talks appeared throughout the WCUS conference schedule, especially on Friday. Miina Sikk from XWP spoke that afternoon about extending Gutenberg core blocks in the context of the AMP for WordPress plugin. (The official release of the 1.0 version — with Gutenberg support — coincided with WCUS.) Anyone deeply involved […]
Gutenberg 4.0 is out, and this release covers a number of items from a long “pending items” list. Other than bug fixes, some new additions include colors for cover image overlays, a new font size picker, better pullquote features, post locking, a new data structure for RichText, and a lot of CSS and UI polishing. This release […]
Some significant recent news about Gutenberg and its release has come out this week. Matt Mullenweg announced an expansion of the release team and named some members of the WordPress community who will help lead “the critical focuses required for a smooth and successful release.” Things like triage, accessibility, REST API, and themes are mentioned. […]
Gutenberg 2.8 was released officially on May 4. This was a “polish more” release, but it still included some new additions like a “Spacer” block to create empty areas and a server-side render component. There are some nice improvements to the color palette component too. Zach Silveira has created Gutenblock which allows developers to create Gutenberg blocks […]
Matt Mullenweg took the stage once again for his annual “State of the Word” talk at WordCamp US in a packed room of over 1,500 attendees.