Weekend Edition #150 – Full-Site Editing, WordPress 5.6, Live Q & A and more

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. — Marie Curie


For the 150th edition of this newsletter, I decided to publish it also as a post on the Gutenberg Times website. The email version will still have subscribers-only (📝) content, though.

With Newsletter Glue Pro, install on your web site, it is fairly easy to create a newsletter template, give it some custom CSS and use the block editor to build the next edition in the post admin screen. It’s a powerful new plugin.

Speaking of “Making of”: Don’t miss our next Gutenberg Times Live Q & A on December 10th at 2:30pm EST (19:30 UTC). More information below. Sign-up here.

And now without further ado, this week’s links around the block editor and Gutenberg.

Be well, be safe,

Yours, 💞

Case Study: The Making of Open-Source Story by Yoast with Blocks

Join Anne McCarthy and me for our next Gutenberg Times Live Q & A on December 10th, 2020 at 2:30 pm EST (19:30 UTC)

Yoast partner and CTO, Omar Reiss and blog team lead Willemien Hallebeek, will take us behind the scenes of the making of the post “Open source: Better solutions and a more inclusive society”, a richly illustrated and interactive post about the nature of open-source from a collaborative business point of view. Omar and Willemien will share how they built it with the WordPress block editor, explain their approaches and answer your questions. Register via Zoom

WordPress 5.6 to be released Dec 8th, 2020

We are coming up on the WordPress 5.6 release next week. Behind the scenes, everyone is really busy to get the last changes in. The Release Candidate 3 is now available and needs testing. There are a ton of changes coming with this new version.

The release team’s Field Guide makes for interesting weekend reading, if you are a developer. Around the net, the ‘What’s new in WordPress 5.6’ posts are mushrooming already.

What’s new with the Block Editor in WP 5.6

Isabel Brison did a marvelous job putting all block-editor related changes into one post: WordPress 5.6: Core Editor Overview. She sorted them by content creation, adapting the experience, under the hood, and themes section. If one of the changes grabs your attentions, she provides links to the details.

Carlo Daniele in his article on the Kinsta block: “What’s New in WordPress 5.6 (Accessibility, Performance, Security)” he did an excellent job diving into all the changes and make them more readable for non-developers. For many of the changes he provides examples and more explanations. Here are the Block Editor specific changes, but if you are interested also in the other changes in WordPress 5.6, it’s definitely worth your time.

If you are less interested in the underpinnings of WordPress and more about content creation, let Bud Kraus, publisher of the Joy of WP take you by the hand and walk you through the most important changes for content creators in his newest Video. Kraus is an excellent educator and his videos are easy to follow. 

Or you could listen to the Episode #31 of our podcast. Mark and I talked through all the block editor changes for content creators that made it into WordPress 5.6.

When Do You Need a Custom WordPress Gutenberg Block?

In this article, Eric Karkovack goes through a few scenarios when you might or might not need to build a custom block. It’s a thoughtful read about how to make the best decision for a client project. He also lists the various ways, how developers might be able to lock down what site owners can do with blocks without locking them in. >> Read the article

Full-Site Editing

What is Full Site Editing and how is it shaping a new WordPress?

Munir Kamal explains all the aspects of Full-Site Editing that are in the works for the block editor. It’s a great overview and should get you caught up with the latest development. >> Read the article

Creating a Block-based Landing Page Theme

Kjell Reigstad details how to build a single-page block-based theme, following the principles seen at Carrd, a SaaS page builder site. In this ThemeShaper article, Reigstad goes into all the details of the theme and explains the various parts needed for a block-based Theme. >> Read the article.

Block-Based Bosco, Second Full-Site Editing Theme Lands in the WordPress Directory

A couple of weeks ago, we pointed you to Fränk Klein’s post on his learned lessons when he worked on the block-based Bosco theme. This week, Justin Tadlock at the WP Tavern, wrote: “Developers like Klein and Stathopoulos are paving the way for others. For those who do not have the time or the inclination to scour the Gutenberg plugin’s code or follow dozens of tickets, they can take the easy route. Study the code of people who have done the legwork.” >> Read the article.

 “Keeping up with Gutenberg – Index” 
A chronological list of the WordPress Make Blog posts from various teams involved in Gutenberg development: Design, Theme Review Team, Core Editor, Core JS, Core CSS, Test and Meta team from Jan. 2021 on. The index 2020 is here

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WordPress Events

January 22, 2021 – The festival of WordPress – WordFest
Enabling a global celebration of WordPress, bringing our community together in a safe environment, whilst facilitating freedom of movement within a 24-hour virtual event.

WordPress Meetup Online Events Calendar. 
It’s a single place to see what upcoming events are planned by the army of WordPress Meetup organizers, as well as specialized meetups, like Elementor,  or WooCommerce. A site built by the brilliant Javier Casares.