WordPress 6.3 design kickoff

A new release has begun, and this time @richtabor and I are collaborating on the design leading. In order to kick things off, we are holding an open zoom session May 26, 2023 at 14:30 UTC. The Zoom link will be shared in #design.

After the session, a recording will be posted here, along with notes and updates.


  • Discuss what is going to happen going forward.
  • Begin to prepare a spreadsheet of all issues across 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/ and tracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. that need doing.
  • Prepare a list of things that will need issues that haven’t got any.
  • Have some space for questions or look to answer them async.

The session will take 30 minutes to ensure everyone can easily watch or drop in. It will be a working session with a focus on getting all the issues into a log.

Questions about design in releases?

Do you have any questions you want answered? Whilst we might not get time in this meeting, the goal of this release is to document and setup future leads for being able to access information easily. Is there something you’ve always needed to know about leading design in a release? Curious how it happens and can’t find specific information?

Now is the time to ask the questions you can’t find the answers to and get those responses documented so you and future contributors can be empowered to lead awesome releases going forward. So, you can do the following:

Once we have those questions, we will both try and answer them and also add to our list of things to document.

Designers joining coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and editor triages

As one change to start off this kickoff, design triages are going to be part of the core and editor triages. This means that attending those times is something if you are curious about triage or getting involved is a good idea. There will be more on this and other ways to get involved as the release pace gathers. To discover the triage meetings you can find them in the meeting calendar link here.

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WordCamp Sylhet 2023: Contributor Day Recap

WordCamp Sylhet 2023 took place on 20 May 2023 at the AuthLab office in Sylhet, Bangladesh. A whole day dedicated to the contributors with the successful completion of the first ever Contributor Day in Sylhet had a total of 11 Teams. Thanks to @chaion07 for Leading the Design Table. Here is the list of contributors who joined the Design Table:

Together the contributors collaborated on the following focuses:

We also worked on the following tickets:

We would like to thank the Sylhet WordPress Community for hosting the first ever WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. in Sylhet. A big shout out the Lead Organizer @techjewel & the Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. Coordinator @hasanuzzamanshamim for the hard work and dedication.

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Design Share: May 8—May 19

Hi, all! Here are a few projects the Design Team has contributed to over the past couple of weeks.

Cleaner results layout

After updating most UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. components with the new button styles, we made use of the button revisit to polish the content media links and headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. layout of All content results. Design ticket.

Notification banners

As part of the analytics project, we are updating the notification banners for the new privacy settings and other possible performance breaks we need to inform users about.

Detail panels

Continued work to nail down the contents of the details panel in the site editor for various contexts.

Save modal

An updated design for the Site Editor save modal.

Save dock behaviour

We’ve updated the behaviour of the save hub in the site editor so that it only prompts to review changes when there are changes outside the current context. PR.


Introduces a way to create and manage patterns via a consolidated “Library” space. This work is leading up to the idea of synced patterns. Issue.

View site link + new external link icon

A design for an unobtrusive “View site” link in the site editor. Also updates the `external` icon making it more harmonious with the rest of the set. 

Document Title

As part of designing the new title bar, we’ve created designs for all cases of the toolbar, across post editor, site editor, top toolbar, and mobile combinations.

Navigation in Site View

A navigation section was included in the site editor late in the 6.2 phase, but was pulled at the last minute due to some intricacies of its behavior. We are revisiting and simplifying these behaviors, with a primary focus on surfacing every menu you have saved, and letting you do basic management in the site view, still directing you to the edit view for intricate operations.

Notification bell

A coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. project, WP Notify, is making progress, and we’re seeking out how we can collaborate with them. For now, we’ve contributed a bell icon.

Condensed margin/padding controls

Thanks to work by Aaron, more condensed unlinked padding and margin controls are close to landing.

Aspect ratio

Collaborating with Rich, mockups for aspect ratio tools are ready for a dev.

Visualizing style inheritance

When building thems in the site editor, it can be unclear from where a particular style originates (theme, user, global unspecific, global specific, local, etc). These concepts explore how to visualize that in an unintrusive way, and could use your feedback.

If you have updates you’d like to include in the next Design Share, please drop a note in the Design channel on the Making WordPress 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/..

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Design Share: Apr 24–May 5

Hi, all! Here are a few projects the Design Team has contributed to over the past couple of weeks.

Document title

Work in progress on a unified document title interface, that contains the most common and necessary actions, and scales to the content/template breadcrumb pattern as well.

RevisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision.

Ramon is enhancing revision history management in the site editor, and this concept explores a potential future side by side page comparison. This could also be a juxtaposed version with a before/after slider.

Vertical text

New issue for a design control that adds an option for vertical text. The issue is ready for a dev to pick up.

Featured ImageFeatured image A featured image is the main image used on your blog archive page and is pulled when the post or page is shared on social media. The image can be used to display in widget areas on your site or in a summary list of posts. improvements

Robert updates the Featured image panel to be more compact and coherent.

Language icon

A new language icon for polyglots to use, or to go with the lang attribute control.

Detail panels

In the site view of the site editor, each sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. section you navigate to we’ve referred to as “detail panels” or “drilldown details”. They are a good opportunity to surface high level options, without needing to dive into the edit view.

Command Center

A first iteration of the command center has landed. As an initial step it’s quick access to items and actions on your site. 

A unified destination for “Add new page”

You can create pages from a variety of locations, such as URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org dialogs, navigation items, the command center, or the site editor. An important part of a site building flow is also to create a slew of pages initially as you are building out your site, then edit them later. These mockups imagine a unified modal for this.

Pattern modal updates

When creating things like Query Loops, Templates, and Headers, there are prompts in the site editor that ask the user to choose a pattern. Previously these prompts opened small, cramped modals that forced the user to scroll a lot to see all the options. They now open comfier ‘full screen’ modals that are capable of showing many patterns at once. 

Call for testing: content/template split in the site editor

The PR to make it clearer when you are editing page content vs. theme template is ready for testing. Give it a spin!

Simplified layout

This POC layout branch is making progress.

Two-factor authentication

Providing designs for the 2fa process, as well as the 2fa re-auth flow.

Drag from media library into patterns

Thanks to work by Kai, you can now drag and drop images from the inserter media library or Openverse tabs into patterns.

Frame resizing

Updating the behavior of the site editor resize handle to both let you scale up into edit view, and scale down to tablet and mobile previews.

Masonry in template pattern suggestion modals

A masonry layout avoids rivers in the thumbnails.

Style variation editing

Editing and saving style variations is an important incoming feature. Existing mockups have style variation picking as drilldowns from an itemgroup, but another option would be a dropdown to select the variation.

Add page detail

Mockup showing how an “Add new page” detail panel could look like as invoked from the site editor.

On-canvas radius manipulation

A quick mockup to demonstrate how we might enable users to change the corner radius of a 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. without having to open the Inspector.


A very quick mockup for Anne’s post about AI.

If you have updates you’d like to include in the next Design Share, please drop a note in the Design channel on the Making WordPress 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/..

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Design Share: Mar 27-Apr 21

Hi, all! Here are a few projects the Design Team has contributed to over the past couple of weeks.

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