Gutenberg Team Panel Talks Release Timeline, Theme Building, and Customization at WCEU

The Gutenberg team took questions from a full room users and developers this morning before diving into the specifics of the editor’s design, block creation, and how to further extend the new interface. The first question they addressed is the one everyone is asking: When will Gutenberg land in core? The team said the editor Read more about Gutenberg Team Panel Talks Release Timeline, Theme Building, and Customization at WCEU[…]

WordPress 4.9 Released with Major Improvements to Customizer Workflow, Updated Code Editors, and New Core Gallery Widget

WordPress 4.9 “Tipton” was released today, named for Oklahoma-born jazz musician William Lee Tipton, a gifted pianist and saxophonist. This update introduces major improvements to the design and collaboration workflow in the Customizer, improves WordPress’ built-in code editor, and enhances core text and media widgets. Draft, Schedule, and Preview Changes in the Customizer Prior to Read more about WordPress 4.9 Released with Major Improvements to Customizer Workflow, Updated Code Editors, and New Core Gallery Widget[…]

WordPress 4.9 to Focus on Code Editing and Customization Improvements, Targeted for November 14

photo credit: Sophie Ollis WordPress core contributors have set a tentative schedule for the upcoming 4.9 release, which will be co-led by Mel Choyce and Weston Ruter. The development cycle kicked off in early August with Beta 1 scheduled for early October and the official release targeted for November 14. Choyce published a list of Read more about WordPress 4.9 to Focus on Code Editing and Customization Improvements, Targeted for November 14[…]

WordPress 4.8 Increases Maximum Width of the Customizer Sidebar to 600 Pixels

WordPress 3.4 introduced the WordPress Customizer API and over time it has evolved from being a theme customizer to a framework for live-previewing changes to WordPress. Since its inclusion, one of the most common complaints about the Customizer is its narrow sidebar. Even on widescreen monitors, the Customizer sidebar is only 300px wide. This limitation was one of Read more about WordPress 4.8 Increases Maximum Width of the Customizer Sidebar to 600 Pixels[…]

Initial Customizer Survey Results Reveal Majority of Respondents Don’t Use It

In January 2017, WordPress core design contributors posted a survey titled What are you using the Customizer for? The link was published on the Make WordPress Design blog and wasn’t widely shared, so it only received 50 replies. Responses were anonymous, but most seem to have come from the WordPress developer community. Despite the small Read more about Initial Customizer Survey Results Reveal Majority of Respondents Don’t Use It[…]

Matt Mullenweg Announces Tech and Design Leads for New Focus-Based Development Cycle

photo credit: Angelina Litvin WordPress core development is kicking off in 2017 with the new focus-based development process that Matt Mullenweg announced during the 2016 State of the Word. The new approach to releases shifts WordPress from the familiar time-based release cycle to one that is more project-based. The idea is that design and user Read more about Matt Mullenweg Announces Tech and Design Leads for New Focus-Based Development Cycle[…]

WordPress Passes 27% Market Share, Banks on Customizer for Continued Success

photo credit: Luis Llerena WordPress now powers 27.1% of all websites on the internet, up from 25% last year. While it may seem that WordPress is neatly adding 2% of the internet every year, its percentage increase fluctuates from year to year and the climb is getting more arduous with more weight to haul. credit: Read more about WordPress Passes 27% Market Share, Banks on Customizer for Continued Success[…]

A Preview of the Custom CSS Editor Added to the Customizer in WordPress 4.7

WordPress 4.7 is a little more than a month away and is going to be packed with new features and improvements. In particular, five feature projects related to the customizer were approved for merge and will be part of the release. One of the feature projects is the custom CSS editor that enables users to Read more about A Preview of the Custom CSS Editor Added to the Customizer in WordPress 4.7[…]

WordPress.com Introduces Content Options Customizer Panel, Plans to Include in Jetpack

This week WordPress.com introduced a new Customizer panel to its users called Content Options. The new panel offers a number of minor tweaks that would ordinarily be handled by a few simple free plugins on a self-hosted site. It brings a whole new range of customizability to the WordPress.com sites that was not previously available. Read more about WordPress.com Introduces Content Options Customizer Panel, Plans to Include in Jetpack[…]

Two Distinct Approaches Aimed at Making Site Customization in WordPress Easier

During the State of The Word at WordCamp US 2015, Matt Mullenweg highlighted customization as the largest opportunity to improve the WordPress experience. In a recent interview on WordPress Weekly, Mullenweg expanded on his thoughts saying he could see the customizer being the main focus of a release. “If I think about leading a release, I could Read more about Two Distinct Approaches Aimed at Making Site Customization in WordPress Easier[…]