This week: custom Gutenberg blocks, blogs about WordPress, Open Source, plugin security, and much more…
Nick is a Developer Advocate at WP Engine and has worked with WordPress for over a decade. Passionate about the Gutenberg project and “modern” WordPress development, he splits his time between creating educational content, building block plugins, and contributing to WordPress Core. Follow him on Twitter or reach out in WordPress Slack at @ndiego.
WordPress 6.1 is less than two months away, and I could not be more excited. Whether or not you are using Full Site Editing and building block themes, WordPress Core is becoming increasingly powerful and feature-rich, especially for those interested in no-code/low-code website creation. In my selected articles today, I wanted to share a few important enhancements that will be coming in 6.1 and highlight the “good stuff” that’s happening in the WordPress community.
Gutenberg 14.0 is out and is packed with new features. I often hear concerns about a lack of consistency in the Block Editor. 14.0 directly addresses this by beginning the process of standardizing dimension, typography, and color support across all core blocks—and that’s just one portion of the release!
This article by Rich Tabor was from a few weeks ago, but fluid typography is an extremely important addition to WordPress. Responsive controls in WordPress have been lacking, but fluidity is a very elegant way of addressing this. With step spacing coming in WordPress 6.1, and opening the door to fluid spacing in addition to typography, now’s the time to begin mastering these techniques.
WordCamp US is this week, and I look forward to seeing so many people I’ve only ever met virtually. Community is central to the ongoing success of WordPress, and events like this help bring everyone together, something that’s much needed after 2 long years of the pandemic. One of my favorite reads is the People of WordPress series, which showcases the faces behind our broader community. This month’s article on Bud Kraus is fantastic.
Tom McFarlin shows how to create Gutenberg blocks. What sets this tutorial apart is that Tom is a backend developer who has worked with PHP for years, so his view of React may be a bit different than that of JS specialists.
Mark Zahra has created a really excellent post on blogs about WordPress. What is the competition between them and what is the future for them. It is worth reading it to understand how this part of the WordPress world works.
Eric Karkovack raises a very important topic regarding the use of Open Source tools in our work – do we owe the developers of these tools something? Eric also gives some non-material ideas on how we can pay them back.
An interesting article about the dangers of plugins has appeared on WPSec. Research shows that over 47,000 plugins have been infected since 2012.
Fränk Klein proposes that we stop using the word “Gutenberg”. In the beginning, Gutenberg was just a block editor – now there is so much more to it and using just one word can be confusing.
Sensei LMS boasted about the possibility of creating interactive videos. I have to admit it looks cool and it’s a really great example of what you can squeeze out of a block editor.
Noel Tock and Ryan McCue talk about how WordPress is perceived by the largest companies and whether WP has a future ahead of it.
Gravity Forms has acquired Gravity Flow and Gravity Experts. Congratulations to everyone.
Liquid Web celebrates its 25th birthday. Happy birthday.
WP Engine has just launched Flywheel Growth Suite for all customers. It is a toolkit that facilitates the development of our business.
WordPress.com has just launched an express pace website development service for $499.
10Web has just added a new plugin to the repository. 10Web Booster is supposed to greatly improve our website’s performance. All thanks to file minification, image compression using WebP and lazy loading,