Gutenberg Times: Level Up with Query Block, FSE for Classic Themes and more – Weekend edition #199

Howdy, Yes, I am so happy to be back in Florida, and I enjoy the warmth of the sun, and the palm trees. ☀️ ⛱️ 🌴. Earlier this week, I was sitting outside chatting with my girlfriendsin Naples, FL, squinting into the setting sun. After sunset all we needed was a normal sweater to keep us comfortable as opposed to the 15 pounds of clothes, I had to put on in Whistler to spend five minutes outside. Alas, the…

WPTavern: Automattic’s Livro Is a Minimal Block Theme for Writers

Sometimes the sweetest things in life are the simplest. Automattic’s latest block theme landed in the review queue yesterday, and I had to give it a spin. What I found was a minimally-elegant design that I fell in love with. Really. I even dedicated an entire demo post on my install to it: Single post with gallery and pull-quote. Well, that and Valentine’s Day is a mere month away. It felt like the right time to mix up my install’s test…

Gutenberg Times: Gutenberg Changelog #58 – Gutenberg 12.2 and 12.3, WordPress 5.9 RC and DevNotes for Full-Site Editing and Block Themes

Birgit Pauli-Haack and Grzegorz Ziolkowski talk about WordPress 5.9 release and DevNotes for Full-site Editing and block themes, and Gutenberg 12.2 and 12.3. Music: Homer GainesEditor: Sandy ReedLogo: Mark UraineProduction: Pauli Systems Show Notes / Transcript Subscribe to the Gutenberg Changelog podcast via your favorite podcast apps!🎙️ Spotify | Google | iTunes | PocketCasts | Stitcher |🎙️ Pod Bean | CastBox | Podchaser | RSS Feed  Show Notes Listener Questions Jessica Lyschik (Question tweeted) [Paragraph Block] add font family support Aditya Kane Thank you to Jessica and Aditya for your great questions! If you have questions about Gutenberg, Block Themes or Full-site…

WPTavern: Gutenberg 12.3 Introduces New Blocks, Design Options, and a Complete Core Blocks Reference

The first Gutenberg plugin release of the year contains loads of features. Developers should enjoy a completed core blocks reference. Group block spacing controls offer more layout flexibility, and a new Post Author Name block has arrived on the scene. Overall, the site editing experience is shaping up. The latest release adds a couple of nice-to-have design options. The Group block now supports typography options. This should make it easier for users and theme designers to change the font size, family,…

Matt: Celebrate by Writing

My birthday is coming up soon so it’s that time of the year when friends start reaching out and asking where they should fly to and how we’re going to celebrate. After a good run in the post-vaccinated-and-boosted part of 2020 that felt relatively “normal”, including traveling almost 200k miles, I’m going back into a pretty locked-down state of things. Omicron has just been catching too many friends and loved ones, even with fairly careful measures and testing. So what’s happening…

WordPress Foundation: Looking back at 2021

As 2021 is coming to an end, it is time to look back at the year that was. 2021 was a challenging year for the world due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite all the challenges, the WordPress Foundation was able to make excellent progress in its mission of educating the public about open source software and serving the public good – thanks to our global team of spirited volunteers and contributors. Read on to find out…

Matt: Saving the Internet

David Pierce wrote a deep profile, over 4,000 words, for Protocol and asks the question in the headline, Can Matt Mullenweg save the internet? Which brings to mind Betteridge’s law of headlines (née Hinchliffe’s rule), “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” I can’t save the internet. But you know who can? A movement. A community of like-minded individuals, unified by a common philosophy, and working together to create tools of freedom. It’s…

WPTavern: WordPress 5.9 Beta 4 Fixes 20 Bugs, Polishes Workflow for Switching to a Block Theme

WordPress 5.9 beta 4 was released this week with fixes for 20 bugs since beta 3. There are a few important changes to note in this release regarding how the WordPress admin will direct users who are exploring block themes. Prior to a fix in beta 4, it was possible for users to switch to a block theme within the Customizer. This has been changed so that users will see a banner notifying them that the block theme is incompatible,…

Gutenberg Times: Charts & Memes Blocks, State of the Word, and more Weekend Edition #197

Howdy, Wow, this is already the fourth year-end message, I send out with this newsletter. There isn’t much, I have been doing so consistently then this weekly newsletter. It’s been such an inspiring journey, thanks to you and the WordPress contributors, extenders and users. Your creations, questions, comments have been wonderful, especially when in-person contact have been sparse and zoom-fatigue set in. For Gutenberg, the block editor the best is yet to come. In his State of the Word…

WPTavern: Yes, a Block-Based Version of the Kubrick WordPress Theme Exists

WPTavern: Yes, a Block-Based Version of the Kubrick WordPress Theme Exists

It is literally the one thing that no one was asking for, but we can all collectively agree it is kind of cool. A block-based version of the old-school Kubrick WordPress theme exists. Gutenberg lead Matías Ventura tweeted a quick video of it in action yesterday. Fellow Automattic engineer Riad Benguella had put the theme together.
Wait, what? (I had no part in this, all credit goes to @riadbenguella.) pic.twitter.com/2WF8HShvSa— Matías Ventura (@matias_ventura) December 15, 2021
I am always on…