Gutenberg

Gutenberg

I am writing this post with Gutenberg, the new WordPress’ Medium-like editor. Now a plug-in, the plan is a full integration with WordPress 5. Well, I’m probably not doing justice to the new editor saying that it’s just like Medium. It’s much more, thanks to the concept of the blocks – you can learn more about the blocks, here.

Gutenberg has three planned stages. The first, aimed for inclusion in WordPress 5, focuses on the post editing experience and the implementation of blocks. This initial phase focuses on a content-first approach. The use of blocks allows you to focus on how your content will look without the distraction of other configuration options. This ultimately will help all users present their content in a way that is engaging, direct, and visual. 

These foundational elements will pave the way for stages two and three, planned for the next year, to go beyond the post into page templates and ultimately, full site customization.

For now, I’m simply enjoying the new experience (yet, I cannot understand how I should manage things like content distribution – eg. Twitter and LinkedIn – directly from Gutenberg…)

WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” running on this blog

WP 4.7 has been released. Users will receive new and refined features; developers will be able to take advantage of 173 enhancements and feature requests added. WP 4.7 has been installed on this blog, together with the brand new theme, Twenty Seventeen. But let’s go step by step.

  • WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” has been released today. Actually, yesterday night. The news page is here. Field Guide can be accessed here. Codex is here.
  • the new theme, Twenty Seventeen has been released together with the new version. It has been installed on this blog few minutes ago. Check around. Theme notes are here. The public live version is here.

WP 4.5 will bring a super Customizer

WordPress 4.5 is right around the corner. Release candidate is now available for download and the final release will be available on April 12. Among the changes a bunch of new features with the customizer. I particularly like the three below.

1. Site responsiveness can be previewed within the Customizer

Improvement description can be found here.

customize-device-preview

2. Selective refresh in Customizer

Full description is here. Selective refresh will allow for super fast changes without having to reload the entire preview. YouTube demo is here. All of the default WordPress themes and core widgets will ship with selective refresh in 4.5, but the feature is opt-in for plugins and themes.

3. Custom Logo

Full description here. Custom logos utilizes the Customizer’s brand new Selective Refresh feature. The latest two default themes will be updated with support for this brand new feature as soon as WordPress 4.5 ships. Themes that have been using Jetpack’s Site Logo implementation will not need to be updated—Jetpack will do a migration behind the scenes to work with it out of the box.