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 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.

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