Monthly Archives: August 2018


Gutenberg 3.7 Released, Introduces Spotlight Mode

By | August 31st, 2018|News|

Gutenberg 3.7 is available for download and contains a number of changes. The Fixed Toolbar has been renamed Unified Toolbar. This is an optional mode that fixes all of the toolbar icons to the top of the editor, similar to the Classic editor. The team discovered that experienced users who don’t mind the disconnect between [...]

WPWeekly Episode 329 – Gutenberg, Forks, and WordPress Development Cycles

By | August 30th, 2018|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss the news of the week. We have a candid conversation about what it would be like if Gutenberg were merged into WordPress trunk earlier versus developed as a plugin. We also talk about Classic Editor install numbers, praising forks of WordPress, and some new tools that [...]

Distributor Plugin Now Publicly Available, Adds Gutenberg Support

By | August 29th, 2018|News|

10up’s Distributor plugin has exited beta and is now publicly available. The free plugin syndicates content across WordPress multisite networks and the web. It went into beta last year and 10up reports that more than 100 organizations and developers participated in the beta program. “We’ve already integrated many improvements contributed by beta testers, including 10up [...]

Gutenberg Contributors Considering a “Focus Mode” for Writing

By | August 29th, 2018|News|

After overwhelming feedback from testers indicating that Gutenberg is not well suited for simply writing posts, the project’s contributors are considering a few options for improving the writing flow. These proposals are spread across several tickets on GitHub. Two weeks ago, Gutenberg technical lead Matias Ventura submitted a PR exploring the possibility of introducing a [...]

Gary Pendergast Praises ClassicPress, Extends Invitation for Collaboration

By | August 29th, 2018|News|

Gutenberg and WordPress core contributor Gary Pendergast has weighed in with this thoughts on ClassicPress, a fork of WordPress created by Scott Bowler. Pendergast praises the fork and extended an open invitation to Bowler to collaborate in the future. As a member of the WordPress core team, I certainly hold no ill-feelings towards them, and [...]

New WP Glossary Site Translates WordPress Techspeak into Plain English

By | August 28th, 2018|News|

Anders Norén has launched a new website called WP Glossary that contains definitions for terms that people encounter when using WordPress. The resource was born out of a need to provide documentation for client projects. “The last time I updated the glossary for a new client documentation, in the middle of May this year, it [...]

A Proposal for Improving the Change Block Type User Interface in Gutenberg

By | August 28th, 2018|News|

In Gutenberg 3.6.2, the development team moved the Convert Block option to the left most icon in the toolbar. As long as the toolbar is visible, so is the option to change block types. However, there are a few user experience issues with this approach. Convert Block Option The first is obvious. The paragraph block [...]

WordPress to Support Classic Editor for “Many Years to Come,” Plugin and Theme Markets Expected to Drive Gutenberg Adoption

By | August 28th, 2018|News|

During the 2017 State of the Word address, Matt Mullenweg announced the availability of the Classic Editor plugin for site owners who are not ready to adopt Gutenberg when it makes its debut in WordPress 5.0. Since its release, the community has speculated about what the plugin’s active installation numbers mean and how long it [...]

Gutenberg Block Library Provides a Searchable Index of Individual Blocks

By | August 27th, 2018|News|

An avalanche of blocks is pouring into the WordPress ecosystem ahead of Gutenberg’s inclusion in core. A few block collections, such as Atomic Blocks, Stackable, and CoBlocks, can be found on, but it’s not easy to search the individual blocks they contain. Other collections and standalone blocks are spread across the web. WordPress theme [...]

WPCampus 2018 Videos Are Now Available to Watch

By | August 24th, 2018|News|

WPCampus 2018 was held July 12-14, 2018, at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Educators, staff, and those in higher-education gathered to learn how WordPress can be and is used in higher-education environments. If you couldn’t attend in person or watch the live stream, you can now watch all of the sessions for free. Visit [...]

Gutenberg and Classic Editor Plugins Pass 200,000 Active Installations, WordPress 4.9.9 Planning Underway

By | August 24th, 2018|News|

photo credit: reingestalter numeral types – (license) It has been three weeks since the “Try Gutenberg” prompt was sent out in WordPress 4.9.8 and the plugin has now passed 200,000 active installations. The callout has increased the visibility of the Gutenberg project and brought necessary feedback to the development and design of the new editor. [...]

New Network Media Library Plugin Creates a Shared Library on a Multisite Network

By | August 23rd, 2018|News|

WordPress core committer John Blackbourn has released a new plugin called Network Media Library that provides a shared media library across all sites on a WordPress multisite network. Blackbourn is an engineer at Human Made and the plugin is one he created for a client by forking Frank Bültge and Dominik Schilling’s Multisite Global Media [...]