Show and Tell for Nov. 2021

Our monthly show and tell meeting will take place on Zoom tomorrow, Wednesday November 16th at 18:00 UTC. A zoom link will be posted in the #design channel on the WordPress Slack. Learn how to join by following the instructions in the handbook.

The sibling inserter, the plus button, the quick inserter button, the in-between add button; Whatever you call it, this button often gets in the way. Do we need still need it? Lets chat about it.

This months discussion will focus on the [ + ] button that appears throughout the WordPress 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. editor. There are many names for it: the sibling inserter, the plus button, the quick inserter button, the in-between add button, and more. Last year I wrote a GitHub issue that describes some of the confusion around this button, and much of it is still relevant. I’d like to focus our discussion around:

  • Validating the problems outlined in 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. issue.
  • Reviewing some of the suggested solutions.
  • Updating the issue with a way forward.

We’ll also have time for anyone to share their work or ask questions to the design team. Just drop a comment below, or show up and raise your hand. I hope to see you on Zoom tomorrow.

Recent Happenings

There’s so much design work happening every day across SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at, TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub., GitHub and more. For good measure, here’s a few highlights from the past few weeks…

A series of animatics shown when first visiting the site editor in WordPress 5.9.

A new welcome guide was added to the Site Editor to help explain some of the new features coming in WordPress 5.9.

Ongoing work to the Figma library aims update existing components and add new components for areas outside of the editor.

The WordPress Figma library has a new set of upcoming components in the works for you to use in your designs.

Openverse, a powerful tool that surfaces a vast range of openly-licensed content, has a new logo.

Openverse has shared some work on their new brand identity and symbol.

A new “Explore” button in the block inserter 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. opens a large modal to browse block patterns.

A new way to browse block patterns has merged and will be shipping with WordPress 5.9.

The new Site Editor now lives inside the Appearance menu. Alongside this change, the Site Editor no longer has it’s own sidebar navigation menu.

The wp-admin Appearance menu now contains items for the Editor, Styles, Templates, and Template Parts. Alongside this change, the W button within the Editor no longer displays it’s own navigation menu.

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