I like the German Easter holiday. It’s a long weekend, Good Friday through Easter Monday. That’s also the reason for little less packed Weekend Edition for you, though.
You’ll find below a few calls for testing, an update to the Style Engine work, the latest Gutenberg 13.0 plugin release and few more things, I found on the Internet!
I wish you Happy Easter (if you celebrate Easter) otherwise, have a lovely weekend!
Numerous updates in Gutenberg 13.0
The mile-long changelog lists 234 line items by 70 contributors. The Enhancement sections along list 90 enhancements to blocks, Post and Site Editor, patterns and
Adam Zielinski lead this release and published the release post on Make Blog What’s new in Gutenberg 13.0? (14 April). He highlights the following features.
- Select text across blocks
- Show the featured image in the Cover block
- Build responsive Groups, Rows, and Stacks
- Make your blocks stand out with customizable borders
- Control the whitespace around the Columns
- Build beautiful pages in no time using Patterns
- Enjoy the improved Navigation Block
Justin Tadlock gave is swirl as well: Gutenberg 13.0 Adds Text Selection Across Multiple Blocks, New Stack Group Variation, and Featured Cover Blocks
Good API and interface designs are discovered, not designed.Dennis Snell
Dennis Snell’s post on WordPress and Gutenberg
WordPress 6.0 – Call for testing times three
Help Wanted: Test WordPress 6.0 – Now that WordPress Beta 1 is released, the release team ask for your assistance with a formal call for testing by Brian Alexander. After instructions on how to set up a test environment and general testing tips he shared the Key Features to Test
This is not just a development testing cycle, any WordPress user, content creators or site owner can participate. Use a development site, though not your business website.
We already mentioned this cal for testing before: FSE Program Testing Call #13: Authoring an Author Template You have until next week Thursday (April 21st) to share your experience and post your feedback.
In the post, Help Test the Comments Blocks for WordPress 6.0, JuanMa Garrido requests feedback on the new Comment blocks, which use a more granular approach on the display of post comments display in themes, and templates.
Justin Tadlock took the blocks out for a spin and your can read his review in New Comment-Related Blocks Arriving With WordPress 6.0
Building Themes and Custom blocks
Ramon James published an update on standardizing styles, presets and customization for Themes, the work in progress on a so-called Style Engine.
“Since WordPress 5.9 ushered in the era of block themes, there have been questions and concerns about the relationship between theme and Core styles in the context of Gutenberg. Much of the feedback centers around the notion of how themes can, or should be able to, override CSS generated by Core.
In his post, Using Bento Components in Gutenberg Blocks, Alain Schlesser reports back from the CloudFest Hackathon at Europa Park Rust. He and Pascal Birchler explored how BentoJS web components and WordPress Block editor could be combined. Their stated goal was to create a starter template that makes it easy to set up a WordPress website with excellent Page Experience scores.
Gutenberg for Content Creators and Site owners
Kyle Van Deusen shows you in his latest Video a full-site conversion from Elementor. You’ll learn how van Deusen rebuilt an entire, yet small and simple, website with the GeneratePress Theme using GenerateBlocks and took it from a blank starter site to post-launch checks.
The Flip-Box Block is a cool block plugin built by Tomoki Shimomura. It gives you the front and back of a turning card (container). Good use cases are Question (front) and Answer (back) Index Cards, Sponsor Logos (front) Description/blurb of the Company( back) Team headshot, (front) short bio (back). A visitor then clicks on the front portion and the card turns and shows the back portion of the content. It provides you some interactivity on your site.
In his tutorial, How to create a fancy divider using Gutenberg and full site editing, Derek Hanson walks you through how build a template part and shares his code. Pretty neat.
In the WPTavern this week:
- WordPress Contributors Host 6.0 Walkthrough by Sarah Gooding
- Grigora Blocks Has the Potential To Be a Solid Starter Theme by Justin Tadlock
- Making an Impression: How To Build a Post Hero Header With Blocks by Justin Tadlock
- How To Build a Timeline Page With Blocks by Sarah Gooding
- Phi Phan Launches Block Enhancements WordPress Plugin by Justin Tadlock
- WordPress 6.0 Might Ship a Feature for Picking a Block Pattern on Page Creation by Justin Tadlock
Upcoming WordPress Events
8 Social Learning Meetups
April 19, 2022 2pm EDT / 18:00 UTC
Builder Basics: Exploring Block Layout, Alignment, and Dimensions (Part 2)
April 20, 2022 – 3am EDT / 7am UTC
No-Code Techniques to Showcase Your Images on Any Device with Benjamin Evans
April 20, 2022 12:00 pm EDT / 16:00 UTC
Understanding the Page Editor vs. Site Editor with Georgina Reeder
April 21, 2022 3 am EDT / 7 am UTC
Using Block Patterns with Wes Theron
April 25, 2022 noon EDT / 16:00 UTC
Hello Blocks! Coding a custom block with Ryan Welcher and Wes Theron
WordCamps and other events
More and more WordCamps are being scheduled! On WordCamp Central you can view the whole calendar.
April 20th, 2022 – 10 am – 4 pm CST
a virtual developer conference by WPEngine
June 20 – 24, 2022
Page Builder Summit will take place June 20th to June 24, 2022. The call for sponsors is still open. Sign-up for the VIP list to learn first when tickets are available and the schedule is published.
On the Calendar for WordPress Online Events site, you can browse a list of the upcoming WordPress Events, around the world, including WordCamps, WooCommerce, Elementor, Divi Builder and Beaver Builder meetups.