Update #66 – Try Gutenberg prompt in 4.9.6, Mobile and Blocks development – Getting ready for site owners, Around the world and more

Another Roundup of resources, discussions and news around Gutenberg – the new visual editor coming to WordPress in 2018 – Covered: Getting ready for site owners, photos from meetups and WordCamps and block development

Update: “Try Gutenberg” Call-out available in WordPress 4.9.8

Gutenberg Development Updates

Gutenberg on Mobile

If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less.

General Eric Shinseki

GutenTalk: Tammie Lister's Slides on Gutenberg

Tammie Lister is the design lead for the Gutenberg Editor. Her slides are available on GitHub

Why the New Gutenberg Editor is a Vital (and Long Overdue) Step for WordPress

Getting Gutenberg Ready for site owners

5 Ways the WordPress Gutenberg Editor Can Boost Revenue

Gutenberg at WordCamp Miami

Play list of Gutenberg Live Q & A sessions hosted by Joe Casabona & Zac Gordon

Status Check: 8 Truth about Guteberg

#280Blocks –  Making Gutenberg Blocks

Gutenberg Blocks
How To Get Started with Attributes in Gutenberg Blocks
Creating an advanced block for Gutenberg
Block Options for Gutenberg Editor
Fields middleware for Gutenberg

Photos & Videos from around the World

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Gutenberg Developers Workshop at WordCamp Miami (Resources)

On Friday, hundreds of WordPress developers spent a few hours learning how to develop Gutenberg blocks at the Developers Workshop prior to WordCamp Miami. 

"The future of WordPress is changing. If you are a WordPress developer and primarily focused on PHP and some JavaScript, then you need to see what the road lies ahead for plugin and themes developers."

If you make a living out of building solutions for clients with WordPress, then you need to follow along with these development resources.

We'll add videos from the livestream when they become available on WordPress.tv

Future of WordPress Development

Greg is a passionate code wrangler and open-source contributor based in Oleśnica, Poland. He writes JavaScript at Automattic and helps develop Gutenberg – the new WordPress editing experience. When not coding, Grzegorz enjoys spending time with his adorable wife and daughter. He likes traveling to new places and playing basketball with his friends.

Setup & Introduction to Gutenberg: Tooling And Terminology

Next up was Zac Gordon who walked us through the Gutenberg repository and gave insight into the overall architecture of Gutenberg and the development process for you own Gutenblocks.

Zac Gordon is a professional educator, with a current focus on JavaScript development with and alongside WordPress. Zac has years of experience teaching at and developing curriculum for high schools, colleges, bootcamps and online learning sites like Treehouse, Udemy and Frontend Masters. In addition to teaching, Zac also runs Web Hosting for Students, one of the world’s largest hosting companies dedicated to students and teachers.

Creating Your Very First Gutenberg Block

Brian Richards is the creator of WPSessions.com and has been using WordPress since 2007 and training and leading development teams since 2011. In addition to investing his time into training, Brian has had the opportunity to work with many amazing WordPress agencies and experts over these last several years. This has allowed Brian to help develop sites for Microsoft, Disney, TIME, YMCA, and numerous others. Brian has an affinity for self-directed learning and helping others to develop skills and workflows to better solve important and complicated problems. He can’t resist helping good people do great things.

GitHub repository for example code: Gutendev by Brian Richards

Building Custom Gutenberg Blocks: From Static to Dynamic

Josh Pollock is the founder and lead developer of Caldera Labs, creators of Caldera Forms, a drag and drop responsive form builder for WordPress. He is also a WordPress core contributor, author of two books about WordPress development and a member of The WPCrowd.

Github Repository of examples code: Alert Block Examples by Josh Pollock

More Resources working with Gutenberg Blocks in WordPress Development

Gutenberg Documentation on Github

Editor Technical Overview

Design Principles and block design best practices

Development updates on make.wordpress.org

The Gutenberg Development Course from Zac Gordon
Starter kit and reusable scripts

Update #65 Gutenberg 2.4 released, developers & plugins authors chime in, so do consultants.

Gutenberg Dev Team

What’s new in Gutenberg? (14th March)

Your Themes with Gutenberg

Question from the #core-editor Slack Channel:

What's a theme I can install to have get_theme_support( 'align-wide' )?


Developers of plugins and products are getting ready for Gutenberg

Robby McCullough, co-founder of Beaver Builder on Hocked on Products Podcast

Using Gutenberg

Does Gutenberg Address the Needs of the Average WordPress User?

Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

Update #64 Developer Conversations + Updates, Plugin and Blocks and Photos from around the world

Developing Gutenberg

Community Video Conversations #GutentagWP

Monday, community members came together in the video series "Guten Tag: Think Outside the Block" on CrowdCast.

Mark Wilkinson hosted a show with Tammie Lister (design lead), Matias Ventura(dev lead) and Miguel Fonseca (gutenberg dev). The discussed roll-out and community input around Gutenberg as well as design issues and answered questions from viewers.

Gutenberg's Github repository is now listing three distinct milestones

  • Featured Complete – Remaining high-level features to conclude the first version of Gutenberg. (7 open issues)
  • Merge Proposal Tracks progress and tasks towards a merge proposal candidate. (71 open issues)
  • 5.0    Items to work on for a 5.0 initial release but which don't have to be part of merge proposal. (16 open issues)

The total number of open issues right for Gutenberg are 589. You can follow along weekly meeting on the WordPress Slack channel #core-editor Wednesday's at 14:00 UTC

#280Blocks Creating Blocks 

How to Build a Gutenberg Block with a Toolbar Control

Plugins & Gutenberg Updates

4,500 Plugins Need Your Help in Determining Gutenberg Compatibility

Themes & Gutenberg

Getting ready for Gutenberg

Implementing Gutenberg for user and customers

Why I am excited about Gutenberg

Photos from Around the World

Featured Image: Photo by Marco Djallo on Unsplash

Update #63 Gutenberg Roll-out, ACF updates, themes handling and more!

What does it mean: "Gutenberg is ready"?

During Monday’s AMA with Matt Mullenweg, the question came up, “When is Gutenberg considered ready to be released in Core?” What does it look like? Another listener asked if Matt could narrow down the release date for WordPress 5.0 apart from “Not April” — You need to watch the video to hear Matt’s answers, but you’ll find a few links where the relevant discussions happen on the GitHub repository. — Birgit
Matt Cromwell Hosts Matt Mullenweg in Q&A Gutenberg Interview

What does it take to make Gutenberg ready for WordPress Core?

  • On GitHub you can review what's listed for the milestone "Feature complete". The team will work on this list for the next few updates of the Featured plugin. Once the features are released, the team might decide to do a couple of bug fix releases before starting on the Merge Proposal.
  • After Feature complete phase comes the Merge Proposal covering all the issues that need to be resolved to integrate Gutenberg as the default editor in WordPress 5.0.  You can follow along with the Merge Proposal milestone on GitHub.
  • Some of the issues on GitHub have the label "Backwards Compatibility". Add what you find missing. This is particular important to make the switch experience bearable for users. Ideally those issues need to be fixed before the merge proposal. But it's not entirely clear where these issues fit into the timeline, as they also cover plugin compatibility issues and discussions on how to handle those.
  • What's missing? What do you need?

Gutenberg and WordPress Themes

Converting old posts to Gutenberg

About Plugins compatibility with Gutenberg

Exciting Developments Coming for ACF as 2018 Rolls On

Testing ACF with Gutenberg is going great. I’m happy to see how well Custom Meta Boxes are being supported in this new JS powered edit screen – everything seems to be working out of the box! — Elliot Condon

 Elliot Condon @elliotcondon is the plugin author of Advanced Custom Fields)

Pictures Around the World

Photo by Charlotte Coneybeer on Unsplash

Update #62 – Next Week’s Live events, Video interviews and tutorials, Tips & Tricks around plugins and blocks

Advanced WordPress Facebook Group Administrator Matt Cromwell interviewed design-lead for Gutenberg, Tammie Lister. 

Igor Benic published the recording of his webinar "Building Your First Gutenberg Block" Check it out on YouTube

For User and Content Creators

Short Twitter threads about Coming Back to WordPress

Pictures from around the world

Photo by Bruno Martins on Unsplash

Update #61 Gutenberg gets columns, page templates & more

Yesterdays the core team released Gutenberg version 2.2 with a big new feature: a "Columns" block, introducing nested blocks. Matias Ventura writes: "it is labeled experimental, though, as it needs further work and has some browser hiccups." – There are – again – a ton of other changes in this release. Matias added sections to his change log and added links to the respective Github issues. This is important if one wants to research the history of a decision. 

Sending Greetings from Merida, Mexico: The colors of the houses reminded me of background-colors for Gutenberg Blocks — Birgit

What’s new in Gutenberg? (16th February)

I tested a two column layout on one of our development sites and we were quite successful. Take a look:

Gutenberg blocks go nested!

From the podcast & video world:

At Conferences and WordCamps

News from Plugins Developers

Gravity Forms started transition to Gutenberg

Gutenberg is Coming. Are You Ready?

Elliot Condon shares screenshot of Gutenberg blocks for Advanced Custom Fields (ACF)

Information for Users and Bloggers

A  thorough introduction to Gutenberg published by FireCask

How to Move Multiple Paragraphs in Gutenberg?

Update #60 People and community. Great interviews about Gutenberg on video and audio.

Sometimes it's good to take a look from outside the WordPress bubble.

Co-leads Tammie Lister & Matias Ventura spend and hour on the Shop Talk podcast. 

Matt Mullenweg on Biz Podcast "The Top Entrepreneurs" discussing WordPress, open-source etc. with Nathan Latka (recorded in 2017). We transcribed the Gutenberg bids.

Gutenberg is still in beta. It’s an open beta

Joe Casabona at Phyllis Burps Meetup

Steve Ryan @SteveRyan, Arizone State University (ASU) shared how to put your fears about Gutenberg to rest at #WPCampus Online

Some are freaking out about Gutenberg and the changes it'll bring to #WordPress#highered#edtech / Slides are available on Google

Slide by Steve Rayan are available here
Steve Burge, PublishPress, on Gutenberg and the Future of WordPress
Podcast E207 – My take on Gutenberg & 5 take aways
Talking to Your Clients About the WordPress Gutenberg Editor

A silent movie walk-through with upbeat music 

Getting Ready for Gutenberg walk-through by HighRise Digital

Pictures around the World

WordPress Dhaka Meetup – February 2018

Photo courtesy of Rupok Chowdhury Protik

Photo by "My Life Through A Lens" on Unsplash

Gutenberg is still in beta. It’s an open beta

In this interview, Nathan Latka and Matt Mullenweg discussed an array of topics, leading Automattic, investing, and his life around WordPress. We transcribed the part about Gutenberg.  You can listen to rest of it on Soundcloud.

At timestamp 23:50 Nathan Latka’s asked Matt Mullenweg:  

Gutenberg. Why make it your first project when you get back, what is it and how can my listeners go and use it?

Matt Mullenweg's answer

Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress and
CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and Jetpack
Photo: Courtesy of Nathan Latka

First what I am going to say is Gutenberg is still in beta. It’s an open beta. When you search for it in the plugin directory. Search for Gutenberg. You’ll see it and you will be able to install it.

The big idea is that we can move editing post and pages from kind of a document model, where you type a bunch of text in a box, to a model where you take this building blocks. Text, lists, but also things like maps, videos, contact forms, products, and you can rearrange them in blocks, like building things with Legos. So this is how the best websites and the best layouts and everything work. And just we wanted to make something in core of WordPress that made it easy for everyone to do this.

Changing the editor, since that really in many ways the heart of WordPress, is by far the most controversial thing you can do; and the hardest. Because, lots of people are very used to how WordPress worked for the past 14 years and there is lots of opinions on it. And it’s also just technically difficult, what we are building. To build it a way, that works;  for the you know, many, many, many, many of tens of million WordPress sites out there. It just tough. It’s much harder than doing it in a plugin.

That’s part of why we decided to tackle it. WordPress has a great set of developer, has a great set of leaders over the many years, particular Helen Housandi, who’s been super incredible.  But for this, well, let’s tackle the very, very hardest thing. It’s definitely a stretch both leading core and leading Automatic the company. Both are practically full time jobs. I am working with great folks on both sides, and i am able to have a foot in both.

My hope is once we get some of the most really, really hard things out of the way, that we will setup WordPress for the next decade of what going to happen with it.

Definitely check out the rest of the conversation between Nathan Latka and Matt Mullenweg.

Benjamin D. Esham / Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0 us (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

Steve Burge, PublishPress, on Gutenberg and the Future of WordPress

On Post Status, Dan Knauss interviewed Steve Burge, founder of PublishPress.  With permission form Brain Krogsgard, we repost his answer WordPress’ future and Gutenberg. Read the rest of the Interview on Post Status.

Are you optimistic about the future of open source? What are the things that you see that drive your optimism about WordPress? It seems like there’s a lot of focus on weaknesses and threats, especially around legacy elements in WordPress and now change resistance over Gutenberg, which presents a big unknown.

Dan Krauss, Post Status

Steve Burge, PublishPress

That’s a big question. Let me quickly describe another couple of open source projects [that] went through a massive change like Gutenberg.

In the Drupal world, we just went through Drupal 8. It was done with the best of intentions. Everyone wanted to update Drupal for the modern marketplace. But scope creep set in, and before anyone knew it, years had passed. The goal posts had shifted. The technology chosen at the beginning of the process wasn’t so hot by the end of the process. The upgrade path was very difficult, and both developers and end-users were reluctant to migrate.

In the Magento world, we just went through Magento 2. All the things I said about Drupal 8 can also be said about Magento 2. Except for some reason, it kind of worked. Magento was a struggling platform for several years, but [now it] has a new energy behind it. The community seems re-energized by the fresh technology.

But the alternative is stagnation

So don’t trust anyone who says they know what the impact of Gutenberg will be on WordPress. This could go in any number of directions, both positive and negative. Big challenges lie ahead – and Daniel is tackling many of them! – but the Gutenberg is team is making enormous progress too.

I think everyone involved with Gutenberg knows that this is a major roll of the dice. It’s perhaps the major roll of the dice in WordPress’s history. But the alternative is stagnation, and the Gutenberg team are open about the risks and the rewards.

Steve Burge is the founder of PublishPress, a fork of EditFlow plugin, created by Daniel Bachhuber. Learn more about the entrepreneur at Post Status.  

 Read the rest of the Interview on Post Status.

Photo by Rick Mason on Unsplash