Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update

Happy New Year everyone! As mentioned in the Gutenberg Design Flow post earlier, this is Friday’s summary of the week’s work regarding Phase 2 design.

If this was a short distance race, everyone would bust out of the gate at full speed, but it’s a marathon here, so out of the gate, setting a comfortable pace is necessary.

Widgets to blocks

There’s a better understanding of how to move forward with widgets thanks to @melchoyce. Most are ready, but there are a few PRs that need some help to completion.

Progress Post

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. WidgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. Project Board

Navigation 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.

This is in early exploration mode right now, so if you’ve got some thoughts around this, please share! Please drop your ideas and designs in the relating issues themselves.

Explorations from WCUS

Github issue – block

Github issue – wp-admin interface

Research work

@tinkerbelly and @jarahsames have been leading the efforts here. More can be read in Sarah’s latest post, Sitebuilding research. The synthesis of this research will help influence future 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. decisions. If you can lend a hand, the research synthesis needs some people power, so please volunteer in the #research channel on slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at

Get involved

This Friday’s post is meant to help surface the information. If you see any questions from people, or have any yourself, please share in the comments below. If you’ve got some ideas, or have been designing some thoughts around the Gutenberg projects listed in Matt’s 9 Projects for 2019 post, don’t hesitate to provide some links, or jump into the Github issues and PRs. Looking forward to everyone’s contributions!

#gutenberg-weekly, #phase-2