Hallway Hangout: Let’s chat about what’s next in Gutenberg

There are some big, exciting efforts underway within the 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/ project and pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party that will eventually make their way in some form to a future WordPress release. It’s all WordPress at the end of the day and, in an effort to bring people into the flow of what’s happening in the earlier stages, this hallway hangout seeks to be a snapshot of what’s being worked on to provide broader awareness to more WordPress contributors and get feedback. The hope is that in coming together early before the next betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. period to talk about different features, we can, as a community, flush out concerns sooner, help more folks get involved, and find ways to work better together. 

Important note: this hallway hangout will likely last for 90 minutes instead of the usual 60 minutes to allow for ample time to demo and discuss. 

How to join

If you’re interested in joining, the Hallway Hangout will happen on 2024-04-24 23:00 . A Zoom link will be shared in the #core 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 before starting and all are welcome to join, whether to listen or participate, for as long or as little as you’d like. This will be recorded and recapped. Note that the time for these hallway hangouts are intentionally rotated to allow for different folks to participate in different ones.

If you’re unable to make it but have something to comment on or share, I welcome you to leave feedback in the comments of this post or dive straight into the 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/ issues linked below. This isn’t meant to replace any particular way to get involved but is meant to streamline and offer a more high bandwidth way to connect. 


At a high level, the following items are currently on the list to go through but more might be added depending on how the next few weeks take shape. We’ll get through as many of these as we can in the order as shown below, with either demos to go through from figma, from a PR, or via the Gutenberg plugin. @saxonfletcher & @richtabor will help lead these demos:

  • Data views efforts and its relationship to the Adminadmin (and super admin) Redesign.
  • Overrides in synced patterns, including the UXUX User experience and the broader reasoning around naming to unlock an override.
  • Zoomed out view and the experience coming together to focus on patterns rather than granular blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. editing, including Advancing contentOnly editing.
  • Layout improvements, including Grid layout support.
  • Pattern styles, which would offer multiple ways of styling content based on a single palette, and Colors and typeset presets from theme style variations.
  • Style inheritance to help clarify where and why different items are styled as they are. 

There’s obviously more that could be on here but, in an effort to focus on some of the larger, more relevant work, let’s start here. We can always hold more of these in the future! Hope to see you there. 

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