Thank you for the check-ins after Hurricane Ian aimed for Southwest Florida, and made landfall on Wednesday. Some areas of Florida experienced major destruction, via the storm surge and flash floods. My husband and I were lucky. We have no damage to our house, and we were only without power and internet for 28 hrs. We are both back at our desks working.
And bringing you the news on block theme building, custom blocks and more.
Enjoy and have a great weekend.
PS: If you want us to share your block-theme, your latest block plugin or your tutorial, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about any of the topics, comment below and I answer within a day or two.
PPS: On Monday, I will be a guest on Nathan Wrigley’s This Week in WordPress together with Kathy Zant and Bob Dunn. Join us via YouTube at 9 am EDT / 13:00 UTC
Developing Gutenberg and WordPress
- Smarter suggestions for Query Loop block variations
- Improvements to the writing flow
- Letter spacing in headings
- A more polished Calendar block
- New “Banners” and “Footers” block pattern categories
- Autocompletion for links
Anne McCarthy published another post in the series of Core Editor Improvements, titled Catalyst for creativity and control. “This post goes through each category of design tools, what blocks they are available in, the progress made, and some fun examples showing off what you can now do. The result is a catalyst for creativity, with more to come on the horizon. ” she wrote. The design tools listed are:
- Typography Controls
- Dimensions and Spacing
- Color Controls
- Layout Support
- Border Controls
Joen Asmussen posted an update from the WordPress design team: Design Share: Sep 12 – Sep 23. The team explored how it would look if the Documentation Outline would be integrated into the List View. There is quite some overlap between the two features that could be simplified. There is ongoing work done on the placeholder designs for the Site editor. New inserter preview and features are explored and many more updates. They could all user your input on how things could be improved for the content creator and site builder. Check out a proposed refresh of the patterns that come bundled with the Query Loop block.
🎙️ New episode: Gutenberg Changelog #76 – The new developer blog’s public beta, Gutenberg 14.5 and 14.6, and what’s coming up in 6.2. with special guest, Ryan Welcher, and host Birgit Pauli-Haack.
Plugins, Themes, and Tools for #nocode site builders and owners
Jamie Marsland explains that Custom Post Designs are easy with WordPress Block Themes – no plugins needed! in his latest YouTube Video. In this 9 min-video, you’ll learn
- How to create a custom post design
- How to create a custom post category page
- How to use the Custom Post Type UI plugin
- Use Custom Post Type UI plugin with a WordPress Block Theme
- How to create a custom archive with Custom Post Type UI plugin
Theme Development for Full Site Editing and Blocks
Nick Diego’s WCUS talk is now available on WordPressTV: Let’s Build a Custom Block in 15 Minutes
Carolina Nymark posted a tutorial on Creating templates for custom post types, as “several theme developers have reached out asking how to create full site editing templates for custom post types.” In this lesson, Nymark explains:
- How to create templates for custom post types in the Site Editor
- How to add file-based templates in your theme
- How to add default blocks to the post type templates
Rich Tabor wrote a guide on How to simplify WordPress patterns with content-only block editing, coming to WordPress via the version 6.1. “When applied to a block pattern, all content blocks nested within continue to be editable, but moving and removing is disabled, and all design controls are hidden” Tabor explained.
Building Blocks and Tools for the Block editor.
Ryan Welcher explored three new features for developers coming in WordPress 6.1 release. He covered
- Query Loop block variations
- Using the render property in a block.json file
- Block-based template parts in Classic themes
The author team Lindsey Bell, Lax Mariappan and Ximena Kilroe of Webdev Studios published Optimizing the WordPress Block Editor Experience in which they outline how to make it easier for editors to perform their jobs, using ACF, ACF blocks, and other tools.
Upcoming WordPress events
Oct 11 – 13, 2022
WooSesh A virtual conference for WooCommerce
The schedule is now available. I am looking forward to Darren Ethier’s The Future of Personalizing Your Storefront and what WooCommerce is doing in the era of WordPress Full Site Editing (FSE) on October 12 at 1pm EDT / 17:00 UTC.
Learn WordPress Online Meetups
October 17, 2022, at 4:00 PM EDT / 20:00 UTC
Part 1: Re-Creating Block Designs
Recorded and available on WordPressTV
- Let’s code: creating your primary templates in the Editor
- Adding a pattern from the pattern directory to your theme
- Personalizing your 404 Template
- Block and theme global styles customization