First Thoughts on the Gutenberg Editor Beta Plugin

The Gutenberg editor has been a much hyped enhancement to WordPress this year. A beta plugin for the experience is now available for download in the WordPress.org plugin directory. Don’t take the risk of installing a beta plugin on a production site, it will work just as well locally hosted.

testing-gutenberg-editor

As a first reaction, I have a hard time not comparing Gutenberg to the “Calypso” editor I’ve come to love on WordPress.com. Matt Mullenweg has made it clear that JavaScript is the future of WordPress, and Gutenberg drives that point home in case anyone hasn’t been listening.

That said, if one hasn’t tried a page-builder plugin like Site Origin, the functionality feels pretty bizarre. Calypso may seem like a close jump in aesthetics, but when it comes to the button pressing it’s not at all the same. Compared to the current editor that comes in WordPress core… it’s hard to compare at all. This is the kind of change that would be the spearhead of a whole product redesign if WordPress wasn’t released so incrementally.

The “Text” version of the editor still needs work: the buttons don’t really do anything at all. But from the looks of things, once it’s ironed out it will feel very familiar to the Text editor in the current editor.

testing-text-version-of-gutenberg

Who is excited for this new editor? Who is most leery? Who is this really a “big win” for?

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WWWP5k: The Worldwide WordPress 5k

I ran the WWWP5k this morning and there’s still time for you to sign up! Wait, how does that work?

Any time between Monday, September 19th to Sunday, September 25th, travel a 5k anyway you’d like. Walk along the beach. Run on your treadmill. Jog with your dog. Hike in the woods.

Once you’ve done your 5k, post about it on your WordPress site, tag the post with wwwp5k, and publish it for the world to see. Need a WordPress site? Start one for free on WordPress.com.

Since Automattic is currently gathered in Whistler, BC, Canada for our annual Grand Meetup I had the pleasure of running with about 100 of my colleagues near our hotels. It was a rainy and wet, but not as cold as you’d think! Having not run once since my last 5k in May it wasn’t exactly my best performance but I did enjoy the outing.

To encourage Automatticians to join in this mornings run, we’re making a donation to Soles4Souls for every participant here at our Grand Meetup. How could I pass that up? Totally worth getting up early.

WordPress Louisville Meetup Tonight

The monthly WordPress meetup is upon us! I’ll be talking child themes, Scott Gilbertson is going over image optimization, and we have another guest speaker showing off some professional WordPress creations.

It’s a laid-back meeting with lots of opportunities for questions, discussion, and finding help for any problems you may have with your own projects.

RSVP to attend on the Meetup.com event.

June Meetup

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016, 6:15 PM

Mirazon Group
1640 Lyndon Farm Court #102 Louisville, KY

12 WordPress Users Went

Come on down and talk WordPress with us for the June WordPress Meetup.  I hope to have another guest speaker come in and share a site they recently built.

Check out this Meetup →

Get Involved with WordCamp Louisville

At last week’s WordPress Louisville meetup, I got the ball rolling on discussion for a WordCamp Louisville 2016. It got more interest than I would’ve guessed, and had several people all express a willingness to help. But no one seemed too interested in being a lead organizer. So I decided I’d wrangle that job, since a lot of people were there and willing to help.

Since then, I’ve worked with WordCamp Central to become the lead organizer of an upcoming WordCamp Louisville. There’s nothing official to announce other than we’re now in pre-planning and it’s my fault if we don’t get beyond that.

There’s been some continued planning in the #WordPress channel of the louisville.io slack team, and we’ve decided to meet in-person next week on Thursday, March 24th at 6pm to start planning stuff we need to figure out early on. These include venues (and backups,) potential sponsors, and divvying up some of the jobs that need to be handled in these next few months. If you love WordPress and want to help, let me know and I’d love to have you join us.

If you’d like to volunteer at, or even just attend, the WordCamp later this year please let me know that too. These early planning meetings would not be necessary for you, but I’ll surely be contacting you closer to the event.