Category: Templates

  • 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 […]

  • Refining template flows in the post editor

    Template exercises in relation to a single post are accessed through the following interface(s): In #31591 I outlined some of the issues with this initial UI implementation, and opportunities to enhance the overall UX: For block templates, the experience can be enhanced with visual previews of the templates. Since this is the future, we can […]

  • Contextual editing clarity

    One of the most challenging elements to get right in the site editing UX is where and how we draw lines between the different editing contexts. Until now, no lines have been drawn at all. In both the Site Editor and the Template Editor, if you’re able to see content, you can edit it directly, […]

  • Modes in the site editor

    Site editor tasks typically vary from post editor tasks. Instead of the freeform writing that occurs when one is drafting a post, it more likely to find yourself traversing different areas and different layers of the document when making adjustments to a template. Over the last few weeks we’ve been experimenting with ways to make […]