Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #58

Hey there! Gutenberg 8.6 released on July 22. Let’s review some of those features and then dive into some design updates.

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. 8.6

  • All the updated patterns are included.
  • The Cover 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. now supports focal point for video backgrounds.
  • Site icon is displayed in the topbar of the Editor in full-screen mode.
  • For anyone converting Classic editor content to Gutenberg blocks, the button on the Classic block has been surfaced higher for easy access.
  • etc.

Work in progress

Document display & settings

The recent iterations have explored moving the settings out of the 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. and into another location.

Multi-entity saving

While making changes to content, templates, and template parts, WordPress should communicate these changes and what is being saved to the user. Recent iterations explored how a user might save out their changes separately.


The new icons in the Block Editor are wonderful. However, many additions are needed to support the work being done on full-site editing. Some recent explorations are focused on the Post blocks which will be used in creating templates.

Browse mode

This particular issue aims to aide in browsing one’s site by clicking links on their page to jump to those pages and posts. Some prototypes have been posted recently and can use some feedback.

Get involved

Now is a great time to get involved. While the work on this project is intense, it is always important to glean new perspectives from other WordPress users and community members. Just drop into any of the links provided above to read up on the details, contribute, and leave feedback.

Thanks for reading, staying informed, and contributing anywhere you can!

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