Initial Patterns for the Patterns Directory

After the Pattern Directory has launched, users will be able to add their own patterns to it directly. In the meantime though, the project needs a collection of high-quality, diverse, community-designed patterns to populate it with during development. These patterns will set the tone for quality in the repository, and will make the directory useful for folks upon its launch.

The Design team has already produced a small set of patterns to kick this off. If you’re using 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. 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 Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party, you may have noticed a new set of bundled block patterns in the pattern inserter recently: 

These were designed by @beafialho, @melchoyce, and myself as iterations on the default set that shipped with WordPress 5.5. They have already been migrated into the upcoming Patterns Directory on for testing there.

This small set is just the beginning though! The three of us are continuing to design patterns to feed into the Pattern Directory, and we’d love your help. We encourage you to submit pattern candidates (in the form of mockups and/or 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. markup) using the “[Type] Pattern Submission” tag in the Pattern Directory’s GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can 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. repository. There’s an issue template already created to help you get started

In this early phase, the Design team will review each suggested pattern and work to identify a list of criteria for which types of patterns are good candidates for pre-submission to the directory.

Please share any questions or concerns in the comments below. I’m looking forward to growing the Pattern Directory, and can’t wait to see we all design together!