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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Automattic Launches Mayland Blocks, Its Second FSE Theme on - WP Tavern

Automattic released its second block theme to the WordPress theme directory last week. Mayland Blocks is geared toward photographers and other users who want to showcase their projects. It is the child of Blockbase, a sort of starter/parent hybrid the… Continue Reading →

Ask the Bartender: Is It OK To Provide WordPress Admin Credentials to Plugin Support Staff? - WP Tavern

No. Nada. Nah. Nope. That’s a negative. Under no circumstances. My mama didn’t raise no fool. Heck naw. Not on your life. And, the other thousands of ways to tell anyone asking for site credentials to bugger off, even plugin… Continue Reading →

Toolbelt Tidies WordPress Plugin and Theme Admin Notifications - WP Tavern

It’s a tale as old as, well, WordPress. Ben Gillbanks noticed a conversation where someone thought that admin notices were getting out of hand. Enter another developer’s attempt to address this problem. With a few code additions to his Toolbelt… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 10.8 Adds New Typography Controls and Block Previews - WP Tavern

On Wednesday, Gutenberg 10.8 landed in the WordPress plugin directory. The release includes new typography options for controlling the Heading block’s font-weight and the List block’s font family. The Audio and File blocks now show preview content in the inserter…. Continue Reading →

A Progress Bar Block Plugin Done Right by the Tiles Team - WP Tavern

I have been on the hunt for a decent progress bar solution for a while now. Most of them are bundled in large block libraries, requiring me to install another 20 or 30 blocks in which I have no need…. Continue Reading →

Open Invitation To Contribute to the WordPress Block Pattern Directory - WP Tavern

The upcoming block pattern directory is launching alongside WordPress 5.8 in July. The goal is to make several high-quality designs available for users right off the bat. However, the official submission process will not open until the directory launches. In… Continue Reading →

Create Per-Post Social Media Images With the Social Image Generator WordPress Plugin - WP Tavern

It was a bit of a low-key announcement when Daniel Post introduced Social Image Generator to the world in February via tweet. But, when you get repped by Chris Coyier of CSS-Tricks and the co-founder of WordPress uses your plugin… Continue Reading →

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