Category: Block patterns

  • A more visual template creation experience in the WordPress Site Editor

    A number of recent developments in the block editor present opportunities to refine the overall flow. Let’s take a look. Two steps forwards, one step backwards Originally, the number of templates a user could add was very short, and defined by a static list in the codebase. But thanks to the hard work done in […]

  • Is the writing is on the wall for the WordPress theme as we know it?

    The essence of a WordPress theme is: layout (templates) + style = presentation.  The template and global style editing features of the site editor are soon going to provide users with tools to create and manage these elements visually in their WordPress back-end. Community initiatives like the pattern directory present opportunities to enrich these features […]

  • Ideating on template part flows

    The Template Part block existing in the Site Editor isn’t much more than a proof of concept right now. The recent addition of the area taxonomy has enabled us to present semantic variations for things like headers and footers, but many key flows remain ripe for design optimisation. This week I shared some ideas on […]

  • Another concept for contextual block pattern insertion

    This one is proving rather tricky to get right! Feedback on previous iterations from the Full Site Editing Go / No Go discussion that took place this week indicates that seeing the pattern carousel on the canvas can be problematic. It’s beginning to feel like one of those situations where a little friction in the […]

  • Zooming out to re-order root level blocks and discover contextual block patterns

    An idea Joen and I have discussed a lot recently is providing users with a way to zoom out a level from the thing they’re editing in order to make more sweeping changes to the composition of their document. This affordance can be a very useful tool when working with something like a template, where […]