This week: WordPress-themed podcasts, creating Gutenberg blocks, WordCamp US, and much more.
I am an active contributor to WordPress, where I maintain a couple of plugins, make small updates to documentation errors, and participate in WordCamp organization, and has been serving my clients through his business DesignFrame Solutions, or putting in sweat equity in my off grid life. He also spends a fair amount of time building WordPress development courses at WP Dev Academy.
Everyone is talking about full site editing, the future of blocks, and how this impacts WordPress theme development. The problem is, there’s not enough conversation around how these blocks work in the first place. I think that In-order to get a grasp on how to build your own blocks, it’s extremely helpful to start by simply understanding how they work in WordPress.
Once you get a grasp on how they work, you can use have that knowledge in the back of your mind when you build your own blocks. This will help inform your coding decisions and help to keep you on the right track when making custom blocks.
This post introduces the wordpress/scripts library, and talks about how you can use it to set up your own block plugin.
This tutorial expands on the webpack configuration, and helps you set up your own block. It also makes use of the Underpin framework to help make it a little easier to set up.
If you’re interested in taking this knowledge further, I recommend that you take a look at my course on WP Dev Academy. It goes deep in how to customize the block editor, both by creating a custom block and by customizing the interface of a custom post type.
This knowledge can be applied to just about any block type, and will help you take your WordPress customization skills to the next level.