FSE Program Testing Call #11: Site Editing Safari

This is the eleventh call for testing as part of the Full Site Editing Outreach Program! For more information about this outreach program, please review this FAQ for helpful details. To properly join the fun, please head to #fse-outreach-experiment in Make Slack for future testing announcements, helpful posts, and more. 

As a reminder, if you’d like to suggest an idea for a call for testing, it’s very welcomed and all ideas will be weighed against current project priorities to figure out what makes the most sense to pursue. You can share ideas directly in the slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel or via DM to me (@annezazu). 

Overview

Feel free to jump straight to the testing steps if you’d prefer to get started right away.

This is the final call for testing before WordPress 5.9, which makes it a wonderful and high impact one to be involved in as it’ll help improve the experience for a large portion of the web before it ever launches. In order to get the most out of this call for testing, the instructions are going to change as the test goes on and as we move forward in the release cycle. For example, at the start of this test, folks will be encouraged to use TT1 and, by the end of the test, Twenty Twenty-Two will be recommended. For now, here’s a high level overview of what is going to be tested:

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. theme template and template part editing UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing.

While certain calls for testing have ventured into the Site Editor, that experience as you’ve known it is shifting for 5.9 in order to offer a more refined and scaled down experience to manage templates and template parts within a block theme. With a condensed browsing tool and a new placement in wp-admin under Appearance, this might feel more like a taste than the full experience of the Site Editor as you’ve come to know it.  

Styles Interface

While 5.8 laid the groundwork for a cohesive style system, 5.9 sees the introduction of a beautiful user interface that allows folks to interact directly with various style properties. You might have heard of this work under the project name “global styles”! While we’ve had calls for testing around theme.jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML., one of the mechanisms related to the overall Global Styles project, this is the first time Styling itself is being explored. Currently, this interface displays two large groups of design focuses: blocks and elements. Elements represent things that can be styled globally and across blocks (such as “text”, “links”, “captions”, etc). This is a fancy way of saying you can easily change the typography of your entire site or the unique coloring of your buttons block all from the same interface. 

Patterns Explorer

With block patterns on the rise, a new explorer modal has been shipped to make it easier to navigate between patterns and find the exact one you want to use. This sets the groundwork for future integration with the Pattern Directory. This test will briefly explore this new experience.

Twenty Twenty-Two

Twenty Twenty-Two is the latest in a long line of default themes with a twist — it’s a block theme first and foremost built for the various site editing tools. As a result, midway through this call for testing, folks will be encouraged to test using this theme and report back their findings. Read more about this groundbreaking default theme here

Testing Environment 

This will adjust as the test goes on and the release cycle progresses to ensure folks are testing the latest and greatest. 

Here are the steps to follow to properly set up your testing environment for this specific all for testing. If you’re already ready to go, jump to the testing steps below.

  1. Use a test site with the latest version of WordPress. Right now, that’s 5.8.2. It’s important this is not a production/live site. 
  2. Install and activate 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party from Plugins > Add New. If you already have it installed, make sure you are using at least Gutenberg 12.0.
  3. Install the TT1 Blocks theme by going to Appearances > Themes > Add New. Once installed, activate the theme. 
  4. Create a few posts with featured images of your choosing. Alternatively, you can download and import the demo Gutenberg content created previously for these kinds of tests via the WordPress importer under Tools >  Import. You can also follow this lesson for how to use demo content.
  5. Go to the website’s admin.
  6. You should now see a navigation item under Appearance titled “Editor (betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process.)”. If you don’t see that, your environment isn’t correctly set up. If you get stuck here, just comment on this post or ask in #fse-outreach-experiment for help!

Generally speaking, please use the latest versions of each part of the setup and keep in mind that versions might have changed since this post was shared.

Testing steps

Personalize your homepage

1. Go to Settings > Reading and set “Your homepage displays” to show “Your latest posts”.
2. Once set, go to Appearance > “Editor (beta)”. This will open up to show a template that displays your homepage.
3. From there, change your homepage to your liking! This could mean adding in a navigation block, changing the font size of your Post Title Blocks, adding a duotone filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. to your Post 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. blocks, removing blocks, adding blocks, and more. 
4. Once you’ve adjusted everything to your liking, click “Save” and go through the saving experience. 

Set your styles 

5. From there, click on the Styles icon in the upper right corner to access the Styles interface. 
6. Once open, personalize the four sections as much or as little as you’d like: Typography, Colors, Layout, and Blocks (to customize individual blocks). For example, you can click on Colors > Palette > Use the + sign to add your own custom color option for use throughout your content. 
7. Once you’ve adjusted everything to your liking, click “Save” and go through the saving experience. 

Add a buttons pattern and use layout controls

8. From there, open up the Inserter and switch to the Patterns tab.
9. Select the “Explore” option, navigate to the Buttons section, and pick the “Simple call to action” pattern.
10. Once added, use the + option to add in a second button. 
11. From there, select the overall parent Buttons block and open 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. settings to customize the layout to your liking. Here’s a quick video in case you get stuck.
12. Save the changes. 

Add a duotone filter to your Archive template

13. Click on the W menu in the upper left hand corner > Under Editor select “Templates” > Select “Add New” > Select “Archive” (currently not possible to create a General template from here).
14. In the content, add in the Post Featured Image block and add in a duotone filter. 
15. Add in any additional blocks you’d like and save the changes when you’re ready. 
16. Head back to your dashboard by clicking on the W icon in the upper left corner before heading to Posts > All posts. 
17. Edit one of your posts with a featured image and assign your updated “Archive” to this post. Here’s a quick video in case you get stuck.
18. Save and view the post to see the filter applied!

Edit your HeaderHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes.

19. Return to Appearance > Editor (beta) and, using List View if you need to, select your Header template part. 
20. Select the three dot menu in List View or in the block toolbar and select “Edit Header”. This will take you to the focused template part mode. 
21. From there, make a few changes to the template part (add items to the navigation block, change the size of your Site Title, etc) and use the horizontal drag handles to see how your header will look at different sizes! 
22. Save the changes.

What to notice:

  • Did the experience crash at any point?
  • Did the saving experience properly save your changes? 
  • Did you find any features missing? 
  • What did you find anything particularly confusing or frustrating about the experience?
  • What did you especially enjoy or appreciate about the experience? 
  • What would have made this experience easier? 
  • Did you find that what you created in the editor matched what you saw on your site?
  • How did your content look on a smaller device or screen size? 
  • How do you think this will impact your current workflows? 
  • Did it work using Keyboard only?
  • Did it work using a screen reader?

Leave Feedback by December 7th, 2021

Please leave feedback in the comments of this post. If you’d prefer, you’re always welcome to create issues in this GitHub repo directly for Gutenberg. If you leave feedback in 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. https://github.com/, please do still comment below with the link. If you see that someone else has already reported a problem, please still note your experience with it below, as it’ll help give those working on this experience more well-rounded insight into what to improve.

Props to @kellychoffman for helping review this call for testing.

Changelog

Nov 10th: updated instructions to use Gutenberg 11.9 RC4.
Nov 12th: updated instructions to use Gutenberg 11.9.
Nov 13th: updated instructions to use WordPress 5.8.2.
Nov 24th: updated instructions to use Gutenberg 12.0, to change the phrasing around the browsing component, and to update the due date.

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FSE Program Testing Call #10: Pattern Party

This is the tenth call for testing as part of the Full Site Editing Outreach Program! For more information about this outreach program, please review this FAQ for helpful details. To properly join the fun, please head to #fse-outreach-experiment in Make Slack for future testing announcements, helpful posts, and more. 

As a reminder, if you’d like to suggest an idea for a call for testing, it’s very welcomed and all ideas will be weighed against current project priorities to figure out what makes the most sense to pursue. You can share ideas directly in the slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel or via DM to me (@annezazu). 

Feature Overview

Because Full Site Editing is a collection of features that allows more items to be easily edited without knowing code, new blocks needed to be created to cover more parts of your site. These blocks are generally called “Theme Blocks” as they match functionality that used to only live in themes. While a number of theme blocks were introduced in WordPress 5.8, there’s always more work to be done, including shipping even more theme blocks in future releases! 

This test is focused on pushing these lovely Theme Blocks to their limits to better determine what to prioritize and what features might remain to be documented. To make the experience feel a bit more fun and practical, we’re going to approach this test from the vantage point of creating patterns for blogs using some of these blocks. If you really like what you make, remember you could even register them on your site 🙂 

As a refresher, here’s a rundown of all of the theme blocks ready for testing with a note around which ones are included in WordPress 5.8 in case you’re inspired to use them on your site now:

  • Site Logo: allows you to display and edit the site logo [shipped in 5.8].
  • Site Tagline: allows you to display and edit your Site Tagline [shipped in 5.8]. 
  • Site Title: allows you to display and edit your Site Title [shipped in 5.8]. 
  • Query LoopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. https://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop.: allows you to display posts and pages in various formats [shipped in 5.8]. 
  • Post Title: displays the Post Title [shipped in 5.8].
  • Post Content: displays the contents of your post [shipped in 5.8]
  • Post Date: displays the post date [shipped in 5.8]
  • Post ExcerptExcerpt An excerpt is the description of the blog post or page that will by default show on the blog archive page, in search results (SERPs), and on social media. With an SEO plugin, the excerpt may also be in that plugin’s metabox.: displays the post excerpt [shipped in 5.8].
  • Post 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.: allows you to display and edit the featured image of your post [shipped in 5.8]
  • Post Categories: displays the categories of a post [shipped in 5.8]
  • Post Tags: displays the tags for a post [shipped in 5.8].
  • Login/out: displays login and out links [shipped in 5.8].
  • Page List: displays a list of all pages on your site [shipped in 5.8]
  • Template Part: allows you to display and edit various global regions of your site (headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes., footer, etc). 
  • Post Comment: displays an individual comment.
  • Post Comment Author: displays author for a comment. 
  • Post Comment Content: displays content of a comment.
  • Post Comment Date: displays comment date. 
  • Post Comments: displays all comments. 
  • Post Comments Count: displays comment count. 
  • Post Comments Form: displays comment form. 
  • Archive Title: Displays archive title. 
  • Term Description: Displays the description of categories, tags and custom taxonomies when viewing an archive.

Testing Environment 

While there’s more information below to ensure you get everything set up properly, here are the key aspects to have in place with your testing environment: 

Generally speaking, please use the latest versions of each part of the setup and keep in mind that versions might have changed since this post was shared.

Testing steps

Setup Instructions:

  1. Have a test site using the latest version of WordPress. It’s important this is not a production/live site. 
  2. Install and activate the Gutenberg 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party from Plugins > Add New. If you already have it installed, make sure you are using at least Gutenberg 11.6.
  3. Install the TT1 Blocks theme by going to Appearances > Themes > Add New. Once installed, activate the theme. 
  4. Create at least eight posts with two different categories and featured images of your choosing. Alternatively, you can download and import the demo Gutenberg content created especially for this test (open the link and select “Download”) via the WordPress importer under Tools >  Import. You can also follow this lesson for how to use demo content.
  5. Go to the website’s admin.
  6. You should now see a navigation item titled “Site Editor (betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process.).” If you don’t see that in your 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., you aren’t correctly using the Site Editing experiment. 

General Instructions:

  1. Head to Pages > Add New and create a new page. Title it whatever you’d like!
  2. Add the Query Loop 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. and select whatever pattern you want to build upon. You can also add in a container block, like a Columns or Group block, and add in the Query Loop as you’d like.
  3. From there, make the pattern your own using as many Theme blocks listed above as you can and customizing the various settings. For example, you could create a comment heavy pattern utilizing the various comment blocks or have a particularly image focused one thanks to new improvements to the Featured Image block. Try to be as unique as possible and don’t be constrained by adding the blocks only within the Query Loop.

If you’re up for the challenge and want to take this test further, try to create your own pattern from scratch, make multiple patterns, or recreate some with your own twist from Theme designers at Automattic shown below:

What to notice:

Remember to share a screenshot of what you created if you’re up for it!

  • Did the experience crash at any point?
  • Did the saving experience work properly? 
  • Did you find any features missing while creating your custom blog pattern? 
  • What did you find particularly confusing or frustrating about the experience?
  • What did you especially enjoy or appreciate about the experience? 
  • What would have made this experience easier? 
  • Did you find that what you created in the editor matched what you saw on your site?
  • Did it work using Keyboard only?
  • Did it work using a screen reader?

Leave Feedback by October 13th, 2021

Please leave feedback in the comments of this post. If you’d prefer, you’re always welcome to create issues in this GitHub repo directly for Gutenberg. If you leave feedback in 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. https://github.com/, please do still comment below with the link. If you see that someone else has already reported a problem, please still note your experience with it below, as it’ll help give those working on this experience more well-rounded insight into what to improve.

Thank you to @priethor @sparklingrobots and @welcher for reviewing this post and giving me the confidence to ship it.

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FSE Program Testing Call #9: Handling HigherEd Headers

This is the ninth call for testing as part of the Full Site Editing Outreach Program! For more information about this outreach program, please review this FAQ for helpful details. To properly join the fun, please head to #fse-outreach-experiment in Make Slack for future testing announcements, helpful posts, and more. 

In comparison with previous calls for testing, this one is even more community driven with the suggestion to do a Higher Education themed call for testing coming from @blake. If you’d like to suggest an idea for a call for testing, know it’s very welcomed and all ideas will be weighed against current project priorities to figure out what makes the most sense to pursue. You can share ideas directly in the slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel or via DM to me (@annezazu). 

Feature Overview

To ground this test in a real-world example, we’re going to go back to school as an administrator and recreate a customized headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. to welcome students, parents, and teachers alike to our hypothetical university. For inspiration, check out the following sample of university sites or just look up some near you! Since this test is focused on building out the header portion, focus in on that aspect and take note of what is done on each site: 

https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en

https://www.ni.ac.rs/en/student-info

https://engineering.asu.edu/

As you can imagine, this test is going to enable us to go deep into the 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.. As a refresher, it’s a powerful, new block that unlocks the ability to edit a site’s navigation menuNavigation Menu A theme feature introduced with Version 3.0. WordPress includes an easy to use mechanism for giving various control options to get users to click from one place to another on a site., both in terms of structure and design. To help prepare it for inclusion in a future WordPress release, this test is meant to explore the edges of what this block can do. 

Similar to prior tests, if you choose to get super creative, please share a screenshot in your comment so we can celebrate what you’ve made. For inspiration, here’s my example below with the multiple layers of sub-menu items displayed:

Image of a pretend Gutenberg University header with two different menus, including one with multiple sub-menu layers open.

Testing Environment 

While there’s more information below to ensure you get everything set up properly, here are the key aspects to have in place with your testing environment: 

Generally speaking, please use the latest versions of each part of the setup and keep in mind that versions might have changed since this post was shared.

Known issues

While creating this call for testing, a few issues popped up that you, too, might experience as you go through this. Rest assured they have been reported. Here’s a nonexhaustive list of the most important items:

Beginner testing steps

This section is for those who want to follow specific steps to create a header and might not have a lot of time to take the test further. 

While this call for testing is focused on testing a specific feature, you’ll likely find other bugs in the process of testing with such a betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. feature! Please know any bugs you find are welcome in your report for testing, even if they aren’t directly applicable to the tested feature. 

Create structure (template part, columns, etc)

  1. Navigate to the “Site Editor (beta)” view. This will automatically open the site editor to the template powering your homepage. 
  2. Upon opening your homepage, remove the Navigation Block found inside the Header Template Part. This is to help reset the header to add more to it later on. 
  3. Select the parent Columns Block and, using the Block Settings in 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., change the columns from 2 to 3 columns. 
  4. Return to the Columns Block and, using the Block Toolbar settings, make sure it’s set to Full Width.

Build out site branding 

  1. In the first column, add the Site Logo Block and upload/use a site logo. You can use this free logo from logodust.com if you’d like. 
  2. From there, customize the Site Title, Site Tagline, and Site Logo blocks to your liking (change font, change color, change alignment, etc).
  3. In the second column, add a Buttons block to add a warning about COVID by linking to the August COVID Update post. You can do this by searching for the post title. If you haven’t yet imported the necessary demo content, please do so now using this export file (open the link and select the “Download” option). 

Create a simple menu for high level items

  1. In the third column, add a Navigation Block and select the “Start Empty” option.
  2. From there, use the Page Link Block to add in the following pages from the imported content: Contact, Directions, Make a Donation. To do this, just start typing the title of each page. You will likely notice this spacing bug at this point that’s slated to be fixed in Gutenberg 11.3. 
  3. Rename menu item Make a Donation to Donate to make it shorter by simply editing the text of that Page Link Block. 
  4. To finalize the menu, add in a Search Block and, using the sidebar settings, customize it to your liking (picking background color, text colors, width, etc). 
  5. Once the main menu items are in place, select the overall Navigation Block once more and, in the sidebar settings under “Display Settings”, toggle on the Enable responsive menu option. You can also customize the block styles at this point as you like. 

Create a more complex menu for specifics 

  1. Select the overall Columns Block that contains your three columns (this is where you might find the List View helpful). Using the More Settings menu option, select “Insert After” to add a block after. 
  2. Add another Columns Block and select the 30/70 option. 
  3. From there, select the overall Columns Block again and, using the Block Toolbar settings, make sure it’s set to Full Width.
  4. Add a Navigation Block to the larger 70% width column and select the “Start Empty” option.
  5. From there, use the Page Link Block to add in the following pages from the imported content: About, Admissions, Student Life, Research, and News. To do this, just start typing the title of each page. 
  6. Once the main menu items are in place, select the overall Navigation Block once more and, in the sidebar settings under “Display Settings”, toggle on the Enable responsive menu option. 
  7. From there, add in sub-menu items to About, Admissions, Student Life, and Research. In case you need a hint, here’s a screenshot of the icon for adding sub menu items. 
    1. About should have the following sub-menu items: Distinguished Alumni,  Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty, History, Leadership.
    2. Admissions should have the following sub-menu items: Career Paths, Undergraduate Graduate Admissions, Scholarship & Financial Aid, Tuition. 
    3. Research should have the following sub-menu items: Awards & Honors, Partnerships, Undergraduate Research, Graduate Research. 
    4. Student Life should have the following sub-menu items: Athletics, Tutoring Services, FAQs, Study Abroad Opportunities, Tutoring, Services. 
  8. At this point, add sub menu items under Admissions > Career: Business, Design, Technology. 
  9. Once the sub menu items are added, rearrange and rename various sub-menu items to your liking. You can rearrange using the Block Navigation option when selecting the entire Navigation Block as shown in this GIF
  10. If you want to add more pages that don’t exist yet, you can do so by typing a title that doesn’t currently exist on your site. From there, you’ll see an option to create a draft page. Do this for at least one menu item. Remember to have fun with this and make it HigherEd-themed! 
  11. From there, customize the overall Navigation block as you’d like (change alignment, color, font size, etc). Remember that for sub-menu items you can use the Overlay color settings to set the colors you want. 

Save your work & customize further

  1. Select “Save” to save your changes and view your site on the front end. Note any differences in what you see in the editor vs what you see on the front end. If you have any drafted pages, you’ll want to publish them in order to see them listed in the menu.
  2. Try viewing your site on mobile and checking to see whether the menus appear responsive with a hamburger menu. 
  3. From there, continue to customize as you’d like by changing any alignment, color, font size, removing/renaming/rearranging items, and more. You can also add additional blocks to either Navigation Block including Spacer or Social Icons. 

Advanced testing steps

This section is for those who have the time to take the test further and who are comfortable venturing into the site editor without much guidance. 

The steps for this section are simple: find a university site’s header and try to recreate all or part of it. You’re welcome to continue to use TT1 Blocks or to use the block theme of your choosing (please note if you use a different theme). You can use the universities listed above or you can find your own. When leaving a comment, please share a screenshot of what you were attempting and a screenshot of what you were able to do. It’s very helpful to see what folks would like to be able to do so don’t hesitate to share different designs you see. 

What to notice:

Remember to share a screenshot of what you created if you’re up for it!

  • Did the experience crash at any point?
  • Did the saving experience work properly? 
  • Did you find any features missing while creating the header? Please be as specific as possible, especially if you followed the Advanced steps. 
  • What did you find particularly confusing or frustrating about the experience?
  • What did you especially enjoy or appreciate about the experience? 
  • Did you find that what you created in the Site Editor matched what you saw on your site?
  • How did you find the Navigation block worked when viewed on smaller screen sizes? 
  • Did it work using Keyboard only?
  • Did it work using a screen reader?
  • If you’d like, try running your test site through a tool like https://wave.webaim.org or https://www.accessify.com/ to see how it performs. 

Leave Feedback by September 1, 2021

Please leave feedback in the comments of this post. If you’d prefer, you’re always welcome to create issues in this GitHub repo directly for Gutenberg and in this GitHub repo for TT1 Blocks. If you leave feedback in 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. https://github.com/, please do still comment below with the link. If you see that someone else has already reported a problem, please still note your experience with it below, as it’ll help give those working on this experience more well-rounded insight into what to improve.

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FSE Program Testing Call #8: Thrive with Theme.json

Props to @daisyo and @jffng for the massive amount of help in writing and perfecting this call for testing. 

Important note: Compared to previous calls for testing for the FSE Outreach program, this is intentionally targeting a more developer-centric audience compared to site builders or end users in order to bring high impact feedback for theme.jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML., a new tool for extenders. You can read more about what to expect with upcoming efforts here

Feature Overview

At the highest level, theme.json is a configuration file used to enable or disable features and set default styles for both a website and blocks. Rather than dealing with a ton of theme support flags or alternative methods, theme.json provides a consolidated and canonical way to manage it all. These settings include options like:

  • What customization options should be made available or hidden from the user.
  • What are the default colors, font sizes, etc available to the user.
  • Defines the default layout of the editor (widths and available alignments).

This configuration file is a big part of what makes 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. themes so powerful as it allows for finer-grained control, and introduces the first step in “managing styles” for future WordPress releases. Here are a few of the top benefits of using this new mechanism: 

  • It allows themes to provide settings per block which wasn’t possible before since add_theme_support targets settings for the entire editor. 
  • Themes using theme.json will automatically get classes and CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. Custom Properties enqueued for the presets they declare instead of needing to handle this themselves. Plus, this means translations of preset names are also managed for them!
  • Theme.json will coordinate coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., theme, and user styles in a way that reduces the amount of CSS that needs to ship as well as help resolve specificity problems. 

While block themes won’t work with WordPress 5.8 without 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party due to some theme blocks being left out of the release that weren’t quite ready to ship, it’s still an important feature coming to 5.8 that needs testing and exploration. If you’ve been curious about the world of block themes or have started building your own, this call for testing is for you and should help you to continue to explore what’s possible with theme.json while giving you a chance to share what else you’d like to see.

You can read more about this feature in the documentation here

Beginner Testing Steps

This section is for those wanting to get a sense of what theme.json can control and what the output will look like. 

  1. Head to https://gutenberg-theme.xyz/. This is a tool that can help generate the settings section of the theme.json file. 
  2. From there, try toggling on and off various theme supports. This will help you explore just a few settings that are possible to control with theme.json. For example, you can toggle on and off Custom Colors or Custom Link controls. Notice that the output in the browser changes based on your selection.
  3. Use the + button next to Palette, Gradients, or Font Sizes to explore adding customizations. Keep in mind that you can edit both the slug and specific variables, like color name or font size. 
  4. Add a few customizations and review the output! If you want to go a step further and use what you’ve created, check out the intermediate steps. 

Intermediate Testing Steps

This section is for those wanting to dig deeper into theme.json by writing their own file and exploring the various settings it can control. 

Note: this mainly focuses on just theme supports and presets for blocks in the settings section of theme.json rather than Global Styles. 

Set up your testing environment

  1. Create a Fresh WordPress Install.
  2. Install and Activate Gutenberg Plugin while using the latest version (10.9.0 as of writing this).
  3. Download and Install TT1 Blocks from the Theme Directory
  4. Navigate to the TT1 Blocks Theme directory and open the theme.json file in a text editor or IDE.
  5. Replace the theme.json file with this gist before starting the next steps. It’s expected that this will really simplify what the theme looks like so don’t panic if you see a lot of options removed. This is intentional to simplify the settings you’re changing.

Generally speaking, please use the latest versions of each part of the setup and keep in mind that versions might have changed since this post was shared.

Layout

  1. Create a new post.
  2. Add a cover block with a solid colored background and several lines of content in an inner paragraph block to the post.
  3. Add another cover block with a solid colored background and several lines of content in an inner paragraph block. Set this block to “Wide Width”.
  4. Add a third cover block with a solid colored background and several lines of content to the post and set the block to “Full Width”.
  5. Publish Post.
  6. Load the post on the front end and note the width of the cover blocks.
  7. Change the contentSize value to a different pixel value in the layout section of theme.json.
  8. Change wideSize value to a different pixel value in the Layout section of theme.json.
  9. Load the edit view of the previously created post and confirm that new widths are reflected in the editor
  10. Load the post on the front end and confirm that the new widths are reflected on the front end of the site
  11. Extra Credit: Try setting the width values to something other than “px” such as “em”, “rem”, “vh”, “vw”, or “%”.

Typography

  1. Set the following typography settings to true in theme.json
    • customFontWeight (Heading Block)
    • customFontSize (Paragraph Block)
    • customLineHeight (Paragraph Block)
    • dropCap (Paragraph Block)
  2. Test the visibility of typography settings in a paragraph block (font size, line height and drop cap).
  3. Test the visibility of typography settings in a Heading block (font size, font weight, line height).
  4. Test that each of settings apply to the block on the front end.
  5. Change the typography settings to false in theme.json.
  6. Confirm that each of the custom typography settings in the paragraph block are no longer present in the block editor (Note the typography settings applied previously may still apply to existing blocks).
  7. Extra credit: Add one or more font families and font sizes to the typography section of the theme.json file. Test your custom font families and sizes using a Button block.

Border

  1. Set the following border settings to true in theme.json:
    • "customColor": true
    • "customRadius": true
    • "customStyle": true
    • "customWidth": true
  2. Create a group block with an inner paragraph block with several lines of text.
  3. Test visibility of border settings in a group block (Style, Width, Radius, Custom Color).
  4. Test that settings apply to the block on the front end.
  5. Change the above border settings to false in theme.json.
  6. Confirm that border settings in group block are no longer present in the block editor.

Color

  1. Set the following color settings for custom and customGradient to true in theme.json:
    • "custom": true
    • "customGradient": true
    • "link": true
  2. Add a cover block with a custom gradient background and several lines of content in an inner paragraph block to the post.
  3. Add a link to the paragraph block and set the link color to a custom color.
  4. Add another cover block with an image background and several lines of content in an inner paragraph block to the post. Set the cover background to use a duotone preset.
  5. Change the duotone colors for the background image to use custom colors for the duotone shadows and highlights settings.
  6. Extra Credit: Add one or more additional colors to the palette and duotone or gradient presets. For more information about CSS gradients check these resources from CSS Tricks and CSS Gradient. Keep in mind that for duotone presets, you’ll need to use RGB, Hex or specifically named colors when adding custom colors.

(Very) Advanced Testing Steps

This section is for those looking to create a more robust block theme using theme.json and who are experienced theme developers. This isn’t for everyone! 

If you feel more comfortable with block themes and have ample time to dig into theme.json, try replicating a classic theme. Here are two options that should be fun to dig into but keep in mind any default theme should work well:

As you try to do this, write down what gaps remain, what proves to be the most difficult to do, and what feels surprisingly easy! Share in the comments below so we can learn from your experience. This is intentionally extremely open ended and advanced so don’t worry if you don’t feel up for the challenge. If you want to follow along while someone else explores doing this, check out @mkaz‘s exploration video on learning to create a block theme.

What to notice:

These questions are specifically for the Intermediate and Advanced sections: 

  • Do the colors added to the theme.json file appear with the assigned names visible on hover in the color palette for various blocks?
  • Do the font sizes added to the theme.json file appear with the assigned names and sizes in the font size dropdowns in blocks?
  • Do the colors and font sizes appear correctly when used with blocks in the editor?
  • Do the colors and font sizes appear correctly when used with blocks on the front end?
  • What did you find particularly confusing or frustrating about the experience?
  • What did you especially enjoy or appreciate about the experience? 

Leave Feedback by July 14th

Please leave feedback (questions, comments, concerns) in the comments of this post and be sure to note which section you followed. If you’d prefer, you’re always welcome to create issues in this GitHub repo directly for Gutenberg but, for this test, it’s unlikely you’ll need to. However, if you do leave feedback in 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. https://github.com/, please comment below with the link. 

Join a hallway hangout for theme.json testing on July 7th

To help those who might want to explore this test and theme.json in a group, @daisyolsen will be hosting a hallway hangout specifically for this exercise. If you have never attended a hallway hangout, you can read more about them here. Ultimately, they are meant to be casual and collaborative sessions to bring like minds together. 

Hope to see you there. 

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FSE Program Testing Call #7: Polished Portfolios

This is the seventh call for testing as part of the Full Site Editing Outreach Program! As mentioned in the sixth testing call, if you haven’t been able to participate yet, now is a great time to do so leading up to 5.8. 

For more information about this outreach program, please review this FAQ for helpful details. To properly join the fun, please head to #fse-outreach-experiment in Make Slack for future testing announcements, helpful posts, and more. 

Feature Overview

As a reminder, Template Editing Mode is the feature of Full Site Editing that unlocks the ability to switch between editing an individual’s post/page content and the template that an individual post/page uses. With this feature, you can create a new template, edit current ones, and select which template you want to use for pages/posts. You can learn more about this feature in the following video: 

To ground this test in a real-world example, we’re going to build out a portfolio page showcasing your hypothetically amazing work. If you use the demo content, you’ll embrace your inner architect and show off visuals of pretend locations, like 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. 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Harbor and 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ Parkour Space. Please share a screenshot in your comment so we can celebrate what you’ve made. For inspiration, here’s my example and here are a few high end example from some designers using Gutenberg.

Note: Compared to the sixth call for testing, this is an intentionally more open-ended call for testing setup to have you, the tester, push this feature to its limits. Have fun with it!

Testing Environment 

While there’s more information below to ensure you get everything set up properly, here are the key aspects to have in place with your testing environment: 

Generally speaking, please use the latest versions of each part of the setup and keep in mind that versions might have changed since this post was shared.

Testing FlowFlow Flow is the path of screens and interactions taken to accomplish a task. It’s an experience vector. Flow is also a feeling. It’s being unselfconscious and in the zone. Flow is what happens when difficulties are removed and you are freed to pursue an activity without forming intentions. You just do it.
Flow is the actual user experience, in many ways. If you like, you can think of flow as a really comprehensive set of user stories. When you think about user flow, you’re thinking about exactly how a user will perform the tasks allowed by your product.Flow and Context
 

While this call for testing is focused on testing a specific feature, you’ll likely find other bugs in the process of testing with such a betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. feature! Please know any bugs you find are welcome in your report for testing, even if they aren’t directly applicable to the tested feature. 

Known issues:

While creating this call for testing, a few issues popped up that you, too, might experience as you go through this. Rest assured they have been reported. Here’s a nonexhaustive list of the most serious items:

Known issues are expected to be found at this stage in development for something that’s so actively being iterated upon.

Setup Instructions: 

  1. Have a test site using the latest version of WordPress. It’s important this is not a production/live site. 
  2. Install the TT1 Blocks theme by going to Appearances > Themes > Add New. Once installed, activate the theme. 
  3. Create six posts with two different categories and featured images of your choosing along with at least four pages to use for your menu. Alternatively, you can download and import the demo Gutenberg content created especially for this test via the WordPress importer under Tools >  Import.
  4. Go to the website’s admin.
  5. Install and activate the Gutenberg plugin from Plugins > Add New. If you already have it installed, make sure you are using at least Gutenberg 10.7.1
  6. You should now see a navigation item titled “Site Editor (beta).” If you don’t see that in your 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., you aren’t correctly using the Site Editing experiment. Do not click on this as we will not be exploring the Site Editor for this test!

Setting up your portfolio page

  1. Under Pages, select “Add New” and title it “Portfolio”. 
  2. In the page content, add in a Query Block and select whatever pattern you’d like or use the Inserter to add in a Query Pattern. Here’s a short video showing how to insert a pattern in case you get stuck. 
  3. Once the pattern is inserted, you can open the Block Settings and under “Settings” turn off the “Inherit query from URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org”. From there, you should see options to customize what posts this Query Block includes. The demo content includes the following categories to use: Portfolio, Parks, Buildings. 
  4. Customize the Query Block to your liking! This might include creating columns to put in different Query Blocks to show off different categories of posts or adding in additional blocks like Post Author. If you get stuck here, please jump down to the “Customization Instructions/Ideas” for help. 

Creating and customizing a new template

  1. In the sidebar, open the Settings and select Page Settings (you should see Page and Block). Select “New” under the Template section to create a new template. Here’s a short video in case you get stuck. 
  2. Title the new template “Portfolio”. 
  3. From there, you’ll enter Template Editing Mode and, in the headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes., you’ll see a Site Title, Site Tagline, and a Separator Block. You can keep these blocks, convert them to Columns, or remove them entirely. 
  4. Add in a Navigation Block to the Header and select the “Start Empty” option. From there, add each page you created to the menu to set the structure. If you use the demo content, the page names are as follows so you can search for them: About, Contact, Resume, Partners, Influences. 
  5. At this point, you can customize the header, footer, and more to your liking. If you get stuck here, please jump down to the “Customization Instructions/Ideas” for help. Get creative and make it your own!
  6. Save your changes and view your Portfolio page.

Customization Instructions/Ideas:

While the last test was meant to guide you through the specifics of creating a customized template, this test is meant to allow you to explore what customization might look like for you. This makes for a more open-ended and expansive test that should help you explore the edges of the experience and, ideally, find both bugs and enhancement requests! Because there are two points of customizations in this test, the following instructions/ideas are broken down to cover each. Remember that what’s shared below is just the beginning of the customization you can try out!

Portfolio Page ideas:

  • Change the Post Title block to have a set background color, different font sizes, and different alignments. 
  • Change the width of the column that the 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. block is in to make the image larger or smaller. 
  • Add additional blocks to the Query Block and customize them.
  • Change general alignment of the main blocks provided by the Query Block. 
  • Add in an introduction section to make the Portfolio page more real with a Heading Block, Cover Block, and more. 
  • Use multiple Query Blocks for different categories of posts! Remember that for the demo content, there are three categories that you can interact with: Portfolio, Parks, Buildings. 

Portfolio Template ideas:

What to notice:

Remember to share a screenshot of what you created if you’re up for it!

  • Did the experience crash at any point?
  • Did the saving experience work properly? 
  • Did you find any features missing?
  • What did you find particularly confusing or frustrating about the experience?
  • What did you especially enjoy or appreciate about the experience? 
  • Did you find that what you created in Template Editing Mode matched what you saw on your site?
  • Did it work using Keyboard only?
  • Did it work using a screen reader?

Leave Feedback by June 9th June 16th.

Please leave feedback in the comments of this post. If you’d prefer, you’re always welcome to create issues in this GitHub repo directly for Gutenberg and in this GitHub repo for TT1 Blocks. If you leave feedback in 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. https://github.com/, please do still comment below with the link. If you see that someone else has already reported a problem, please still note your experience with it below, as it’ll help give those working on this experience more well-rounded insight into what to improve. 

Note: Originally feedback was set to be due by June 9th but this has been updated to June 16th to give more time for feedback.

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