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Full Page Patterns Are Still the Missing Piece of Block WordPress Theme Development - WP Tavern

It was the early days of the Gutenberg project. Many on the Theme Review Team and those in design circles were trying to wrap their heads around this new concept called blocks. In particular, we wanted to know how it… Continue Reading →

Termly Acquires GDPR/CCPA Cookie Consent Banner, Turns Free Plugin Into a Commercial SaaS Product - WP Tavern

Company A sells its plugin. Company B picks it up and moves forward with an overhauled version that looks and feels much different than the original. Users are outraged by the changes. It seems to be a repeating theme in… Continue Reading →

Open Survey for WordPress Theme Authors on JSON Files and Block Themes - WP Tavern

WordPress 5.8 introduced an opt-in system for themes to configure block settings, styles, templates, and more. It is done through a new theme.json file that authors can put at the root of their theme folders. Anne McCarthy, the lead of… Continue Reading →

Theme Creation Will Be Easier, But We Are Not There Yet - WP Tavern

“The way that themes have evolved within WordPress has made creating them easier,” wrote Tammie Lister in the opening line of her article titled Theme creation is now easier. “That feels like a bold statement, but it’s true.” It is… Continue Reading →

Create a Publishing Task List With the Todo List Block - WP Tavern

Rich Tabor, the Senior Product Manager of WordPress Experience at GoDaddy, has been on a bit of a publishing productivity and workflow kick as of late. The co-creator of the Iceberg Editor plugin released a Markdown Comments block last month,… Continue Reading →

Block Widgets, Template Editing, Media, and More: Enabling and Disabling WordPress 5.8 Features - WP Tavern

WordPress 5.8 was one of the most feature-packed updates that the community has seen in ages. There was just about a little something for everyone. And, there were plenty of things that some users would rather live without. Big releases… Continue Reading →

Next Phase of the WordPress Theme Review Overhaul: Open Meeting and Call for Feedback - WP Tavern

The Themes Team announced an open discussion and date for a Zoom meeting with theme authors. The team is proposing a new set of guidelines that reduces and simplifies what is currently in place. Comments on the proposal are… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 11.1 Adds Drag-and-Drop Support for List View and Upgrades Block Borders - WP Tavern

The Gutenberg plugin continues to march forward. Yesterday’s release, coming merely a day after the launch of WordPress 5.8, brings several new features and nearly three dozen bug fixes. The big-ticket items are drag-and-drop blocks in the list view and… Continue Reading →

The Block Pattern Directory Is Now Live - WP Tavern

Yesterday, the WordPress pattern directory went live to the world as the development team behind it put the finishing touches on the project. It will work similarly to the theme and plugin directories in time. Along with WordPress 5.8, users… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.8 “Tatum” Introduces Block Widgets, Duotone Media Filters, New Emoji Support, and More - WP Tavern

WordPress 5.8 “Tatum,” named in honor of jazz pianist Art Tatum, landed earlier today. It is the second major release in 2021. It includes duotone media filters, block-based widgets, theme-related blocks, template editing, and theme JSON file support. The release… Continue Reading →

WPBeginner Releases a Comment Moderator Solution Often Needed for Large Teams - WP Tavern

Last week, WPBeginner released Comment Moderation Role to the WordPress plugin directory. The plugin does a simple job of creating a single user role that can only moderate comments. The most common use case for such a role — named… Continue Reading →

Identify and Select Blocks via the Wayfinder WordPress Plugin - WP Tavern

Christopher John, a Seattle-based designer and UX engineer, released his first project to the plugin directory yesterday. Announced via Twitter to high praise, Wayfinder is a block outline solution for the WordPress editor. Like similar plugins, the goal is to… Continue Reading →

Edupack Is Tackling Higher Ed With WordPress, Looking for Development Partners - WP Tavern

“We’re basically building the Jetpack for Higher Ed,” said Blake Bertuccelli as he pitched me on the idea of Edupack, a project still in its early stages. He and his team are looking for more advisors to join the eighth… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.8 Media Library Changes You Should Know About - WP Tavern

It is hard not to look through a list of upcoming WordPress 5.8 changes and not find at least a little something to whet your appetite. With so many enhancements headed our way, even we have not been able to… Continue Reading →

Duotone Filters: WordPress 5.8 Puts a Powerful Image-Editing Tool Into Users’ Hands - WP Tavern

Features such as the upcoming block-based widgets system, the template editor, theme-related blocks, and others have taken up much of the spotlight as of late. However, one of the best user-focused tools shipping with WordPress 5.8 is a duotone filter… Continue Reading →

Contributing to Open Source Is ‘Better Than Any College Degree’ - WP Tavern

A week ago, I published my thoughts on the block system from a developer’s perspective. Taking a weekend-afternoon deep dive into creating custom block types meant learning some tough lessons and familiarizing myself with a programming language I had little… Continue Reading →

Query Loop: The Ins and Outs of One of WordPress 5.8’s Most Powerful Features - WP Tavern

WordPress 5.8 is on deck for July 20, just a mere 10 days from now. The release is geared up to be the most feature-packed update the community has seen in a while. Block-based widgets, the pattern directory, WebP image… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 11.0 Includes Over 70 Bug Fixes, Continues Improving With WordPress 5.8 Just Two Weeks Away - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 11.0 landed yesterday with a pile of changes. The development team has been moving fast, and it shows. For a two-week cycle, version 11.0 includes an insane number of bug fixes. Contributors squashed over 70 in this release alone…. Continue Reading →

Private Note-Taking and Journaling With the Hypernotes WordPress Plugin - WP Tavern

Ella van Durpe, a core WordPress contributor and software engineer at Automattic, released a note-taking plugin earlier today. Hypernotes is a simple custom post type that allows end-users to take private notes or serve as a journaling tool. I have… Continue Reading →

Jetpack 9.9 Released With a Refreshed Image Gallery Carousel - WP Tavern

Today, Automattic released version 9.9 of its popular Jetpack plugin. The development team improved the modal animation and transition speed for the Instant Search module and added the Social Preview panel to the pre-publish sidebar. However, the most notable user-facing… Continue Reading →

Taking the Leap: Building My First WordPress Block Plugin - WP Tavern

Like most years, I spent this U.S. Independence Day cooped up with my furry friends. I closed all the windows, shuttered the blinds, switched on a couple of fans for white noise, and clicked the television on. My cats and… Continue Reading →

WordPress Biratnagar Announces Plans for Ujwal Thapa Memorial Scholarship - WP Tavern

Earlier this week, the WordPress Biratnagar Facebook group announced a WordCamp scholarship in honor of Ujwal Thapa. The goal is to honor the legacy left behind by one of Nepal’s leaders both inside and outside of the WordPress community. Thapa… Continue Reading →

Block Patterns Will Change Everything, Part 2: Headers and Footers - WP Tavern

It is hard to believe that it was over a year ago — March 23, 2020, to be exact — that I wrote a post on why block patterns would be the future of WordPress. It has been a slow… Continue Reading →

Add Editor-Only Notes via the Markdown Comment Block WordPress Plugin - WP Tavern

Rich Tabor, the Senior Product Manager of WordPress Experience at GoDaddy, tweeted that he had an idea for a new block at the end of last week. Shortly after, the Markdown Comment Block plugin appeared on The plugin is… Continue Reading →

Diving Into WordPress 5.8’s New Widgets Screen - WP Tavern

It has been a while since I have touched widgets. Once the site editor landed in the Gutenberg plugin, I almost exclusively dropped the old sidebar paradigm and moved to block templates. Reactivating old themes and jumping into the widgets… Continue Reading →

FSE Outreach Round #8: A Developer-Centric Call for Testing Theme JSON Configuration - WP Tavern

Round #8 of the Full Site Editing (FSE) Outreach Program began yesterday. Instead of the user-centric call for testing features from the UI, program lead Anne McCarthy asks that volunteers dive into code. The new adventure is all about testing… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 10.9 Renames the Query Block, Adds Collapsible List View Items, and Rolls Out Rich URL Previews - WP Tavern

Yesterday, Gutenberg 10.9 landed in the WordPress plugin directory. The update overhauls the Query and Query Loop blocks, allows users to expand or collapse items in the editor list view, and introduces rich URL preview cards for links. The new… Continue Reading →

WordPress Theme Lock-In, Silos, and the Block System - WP Tavern

For many years, I was a hardcore advocate of separating any non-design functionality from themes into their own plugins. I wrote extensively on the issue. Whether it was shortcodes, custom post types, user metadata, and any number of things related… Continue Reading →

A Throwback to the Past: Refreshing Old Twenty* WordPress Themes With Block Patterns - WP Tavern

What began as a project in August 2020 has now become a reality. All past Twenty* default WordPress themes now have their own unique block patterns. In recent weeks, Twenty Ten through Twenty Fifteen received updates. Designer Mel Choyce-Dwan kick-started… Continue Reading →

Getting To Know the Upcoming WordPress 5.8 Template Editor - WP Tavern

WordPress 5.8 is slated for release on July 20. In just over a month, many users will get their first taste of one of my favorite new features: template-editing mode. The template editor is a new tool that allows end-users… Continue Reading →

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