Ways to keep up with Gutenberg & Full Site Editing (FSE)

As work on Full Site Editing continues, it’s important that communication around the project is made explicit so everyone can follow along appropriately. Each person will have their own unique needs in keeping up with a project of this scale so what follows is more of a catalogue of ways to keep up rather than a recommendation for how to do so. 


The WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ Roadmap with Four Phases of GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ updated by @chanthaboune and/or @matt. This is the highest level overview of the changes coming to WordPress.


Quarterly Updates from Contribution Teams, coordinated by @chanthaboune. These updates give an overview on what each team is working on, struggling with, and how to get involved.


“What’s Next In Gutenberg?” posts. These updates are wrangled by the CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Editor team and highlight what’s planned for the coming month of work on Gutenberg. 

Block Based Themes Chat. These chats are currently wrangled by @kjellreigstad in the #themereview SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel and are dedicated to sharing FSE changes that will specifically impact themes. Agendas and summaries are shared on the make/themes blog


“What’s New In Gutenberg?” posts. These updates are wrangled by the Core Editor team and focus on what’s been released in each biweekly Gutenberg release. Currently, they tend to mimic a changelog.


Core Editor chats. These chats are wrangled by volunteer members in the #core-editor Slack channel. Agendas and summaries are shared on the make/core blog. They focus on task coordination and relevant discussions around Gutenberg releases. There is an Open Floor period in each chat where people can suggest topics to discuss.

Weekly Theme Related Gutenberg Updates (new initiative) wrangled by @kjellr. These posts are focused on themes, including everything from current discussions to recent changes, as well as helpful resources for theme authors. 


Checking in on FSE PRs and FSE issues on GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/. This will give you a nearly real-time understanding of what’s being worked on by the developers and designers. 

Each of these are reliable ways of keeping up with the ongoing work on the new Full Site Editing feature coming to WordPress. A big thank you to everyone helping with these various initiatives!

Feedback welcome

What kinds of updates or communication might be missing? What might make these current updates and chats easier to follow? Share your ideas and feedback in the comments below! A next step to this work will be refining these communication pathways based on the feedback collected here and elsewhere.

Thank you to @itsjusteileen @andreamiddleton @paaljoachim @mapk for giving me feedback on this post.


Oct 26th 2021: Updated title to include Gutenberg and removed reference to Weekly Gutenberg Design Updates.

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