Unifying the WordPress CMS: An Exploratory Proposal

This is an experimental, in-the-clouds proposal for a future unification of wp-admin and the Gutenberg editor, created in collaboration with Javier Arce. This exploration is an extension of some of our recent work around wp-admin’s Post Type Management screens ☁️ We focused on a single (and probably fairly common) editing flow: Adding content to a… Continue reading Unifying the WordPress CMS: An Exploratory Proposal

Post Type Mangement, Gutenberg-style

An in-the-clouds exploration by Javier Arce and Channing Ritter ☁️ Building on the work of WordPress contributor James Koster and others who have been looking into how to implement a zoom-able mosaic editing view for Templates, we wanted to see if this format could be expanded to other post types. This exploration is loosely based on managing Reusable blocks. In this post,… Continue reading Post Type Mangement, Gutenberg-style

Pattern Submissions

There is a current a call for submissions for designs to help kick off the WordPress.org pattern directory. This is meant to help populate the directory with a bunch of cool patterns that will be available to users immediately upon launch. Here’s the latest update on how the curation process for this initial set is… Continue reading Pattern Submissions

Side-by-Side Image Challenge

Drag and drop is known for being one of the most intuitive interaction patterns there is. One behavior that users might expect to find in Gutenberg is the ability to create side-by-side images by dragging and dropping an image next to an existing one. Note: This behavior has previously been explored in GitHub issue #13202… Continue reading Side-by-Side Image Challenge

Welcome to Block Widgets

With WordPress 5.8 coming soon, there’s a new call for testing to try out the up-and-coming block-based Widgets Editor. This is an exciting update because it brings the power of highly customizable blocks to widgets areas, whereas classic widgets could be pretty limiting in terms of styling options. I decided to use the Customizer Widgets… Continue reading Welcome to Block Widgets

Full Site Editor: 404 Test

I just completed a fun call for testing for the (beta) Full Site Editor, the upcoming addition to the WordPress project that allows for customization of page elements that have traditionally been uneditable, such as the site title and menus. The Full Site Editor (name TBD) can be considered a continuation of the Gutenberg school of… Continue reading Full Site Editor: 404 Test

Accessibility in the Block Editor

Want to learn about accessibility features in the WordPress block editor? Check out my new post on the Automattic Design blog. Here’s a helpful guide I used for adding dark mode detection to the post — or you could always just activate Twenty-Twenty One theme to easily add this feature to your site 😁

User Autonomy and Block Controls

In the Gutenberg block editor, blocks have two sets of controls. Block ToolbarBlock controls and settings that are considered primary functionality (critical to the block’s usage) Block InspectorBlock controls and settings that are considered advanced functionality (nice-to-have on top of the core tools available in the block toolbar) One pattern that has emerged in Gutenberg is that… Continue reading User Autonomy and Block Controls