This week: the buyout of Pagely, ACF update, Full Site Editing, Newsletter Glue, and much more.
Tammie is a designer passionate about open source and human-centred experiences. She is a long-time contributor to WordPress, and her contribution work continues by being sponsored through XWP, where she works full time. She is now looking to the future of the editor and themes through exploring what could be.
Blocks are excellent; the experience of creating your site using the new editing experience opens up so much potential. However, you don’t think piece by piece, molecule by section, when creating. There are psychological theories behind patterns; humans are strong pattern recognizers. That’s just one reason why block patterns are genuinely empowering and essential. They allow you to rapidly create the experience of your dreams that, combined with the design tools, can be customized even more if you want.
It’s not just about the person building the content; as someone creating the theme or experience, you can learn so much by diving into patterns. It enables agencies to save time with a collection of preset patterns to reuse perhaps. There are so many possibilities out there when you start thinking block by block and in block patterns.
I strongly believe in pushing what could be to see what you might want to do in project work; that’s why I spent a month creating patterns to see what was possible. We have so many design tools in the editor and so many to come; by creating with them, we start to see the gaps and begin to see how they can even be combined – try, for example, a duotone and gradient; it’s super fun.
Kjell Reigstad shared a glitchy theme experiment a while ago, and I wanted to share it as it reminds me constantly to make time to go into the lab and play. He also gave an inspiring talk at WCUS that continued to light that spark.
There has never been a better time to explore and create than now. Full-site editing is due to be in beta, and there’s an air of discovery across the entire project. This release gives everyone space to explore, create and learn. It’s an exciting time to play in the WordPress lab.
GoDaddy’s acquisition of Pagely has been the surprise of the week. Creating a fully scalable platform for WooCommerce will be their primary objective.