• A Primer on Block Plugins for the WordPress Block Directory

    While I’ve long been a fan of block collections, most notably with CoBlocks, I do see immense value in block plugins for use within the WordPress Block Directory. Quickly searching for and installing a block right from within the Block Library is quite a clever and empowering experience — one that I believe will eventually […]

  • Add Markdown Comments to WordPress Posts with my new Block

    Hey, so I made a new block plugin for adding markdown comments that only display while editing a post with Gutenberg.  Last week, while editing an upcoming article all about block plugins and the WordPress block directory, I wanted to add persistent notes and reminders within my post content – but didn’t find a proper […]

  • A Primer on Full Site Editing for WordPress Theme Developers

    The next big shift for WordPress, nearly as monumental as the block editor itself, is a concept known as full site editing. Full site editing (FSE) is very much still experimental, but the concepts are clearly in view. Imagine being able to change your site’s header, footer, single, and even archive templates, with minimal effort-all […]

  • Improving Gutenberg Block Styles and Transforms, a Proposal

    There’s no doubt that Gutenberg block styles and transforms are quite interesting and fun. I like that you may change the look and feel of a block with a click or two. And on the engineering side, it’s remarkably easy to extend any block with both styles and transforms. However, what I’m not particularly fond […]

  • How to Add Beautiful Gradient Presets to the Block Editor

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    Updated Aug 29, 2022
    How to Add Beautiful Gradient Presets to the Block Editor

    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, gradients are here to stay. Especially now, as the WordPress block editor has a default mechanism to apply gradient styles throughout the editing experience. Out of the box, I don’t find the default gradient application experience particularly meaningful, as these presets are an assortment of trendy gradient styles presets. But […]

  • How to Build Patterns for the WordPress Block Editor

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    Updated Jun 23, 2022
    How to Build Patterns for the WordPress Block Editor

    If you’re a theme or plugin developer in the page building ecosystem, now is a better time than ever to start capitalizing on arguably the most exciting addition to Gutenberg, since Gutenberg: Block Patterns. Let’s dive in and discover how to leverage the new Block Patterns API and build beautiful patterns.

  • Introducing the Iceberg Markdown Block Editor

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    Updated Feb 18, 2022
    Introducing the Iceberg Markdown Block Editor

    I’d like to finally share with you a project I’ve been working on to make writing in WordPress fun again. Introducing Iceberg.

  • Using Gutenberg Block Variations in the WordPress Block Editor

    Block variations, a new method to extending the WordPress block editor, recently landed in WordPress 5.4. The newly introduced Block Variations API provides alternate configurations of a block that are selectable when a block is first added to a page. Now block variations can be big deal, if properly adopted.

  • WP Block Talk 2020

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    Updated Feb 18, 2022
    WP Block Talk 2020

    Here are my slides from my session for the virtual WPBlockTalk event where I review how to extend the block editor in a number of fashions – from both the plugin, and the theme side of things.

  • Explore a website’s Gutenberg blocks with Detective Wapuu

    Ever glanced at a website and wondered if it was built with Gutenberg blocks? If so, you’re in luck. Nick Hamze, a prolific block builder connoisseur, has launched a new Chrome extension aimed at helping folks detect what blocks are being used on a website. And it’s just about as ingenious as it’s name: Detective […]