Gutenberg Watch

Gutenberg v10.0 Marks 100th Release

The recent Gutenberg v10 released marked its 100th release. Celebrating the occasion, Riad Benguella reflects the journey that that started more than four years ago when Matt announced the project at WordCamp US 2016.

The past four years have not always been an easy journey. Shipping something this impactful is not easy, and there was precedent for keeping the editor as it was: WordPress had already tried to replace TinyMCE a couple of times already. What would be different this time around? The worry was “not much” and initially, very few people actively joined the project.

Riad Benguella in WordPress Blog

Highlighting its current status, Benguella writes “We have also made quite a few mistakes: stability wasn’t great in some releases, performance suffered in others, and accessibility as well. But we kept pushing forward, using feedback to improve the editor and the project in all aspects until its first inclusion in WordPress 5.0, and we’re still working to improve it today.”

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Phoenix – A Block-based Experimental Theme

Alerted by this WordPress Tavern post, to-day I had a quick overview of Imran Sayed‘s (Codeytek Academy) Phoenix a block-based experimental WordPress, which appears to be interesting. The Phoenix theme also got encouraging review from Justin Tadlock, who writes that he is keenly watching fully block-based themes. The theme is also more ambitious than some […]


A primer on JavaScript SEO for WordPress

The Yoast blog has a very interesting and useful detailed documentation on JavaScript SEO for the WordPress. The documentation discusses single page application (SPA) as well as headless WordPress too.

The technologies which power the web, and which power parts of WordPress, are changing. It’s increasingly common for developers to use JavaScript to make our websites behave more and more like apps. Done well, these approaches create rich, interactive experiences. When built poorly, they can be catastrophic for SEO.

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“JavaScript SEO is a huge, complex, and technical topic – and exploring its relationship with WordPress adds even more moving parts,” writes Yoast digital strategist Jono Alderson.


Future of Open Internet

In the Mozilla blog, Mitchell Baker and others have an useful whitepaper titled “Reimagine Open: Building Better Internet Experiences“. They write “The internet is at a crossroads. After decades of rapid growth and global contribution to the human condition, today many are questioning the health of the internet. At such a time it is natural to examine the first principles that many consider key features of the internet as a medium.”

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One Thing Web Builders Learned in 2020

The CSS-Tricks ran a 2020 year-end thought series and asked web builders the same question: What is one thing you learned about building websites this year? Chris wrapped the series with a list of authors who responded to his call and what they told.

A read the series everyday, and one of my favorites one is from Natalya Shelburne‘s post  2020 was not a good year for learning. In the post she discuss

I spent almost a decade teaching design and, let me tell you, the conditions for curiosity were all wrong this year. You are not alone if you’ve found yourself battling brain fog, deep existential crisis, and long spans of nothingness instead of basking in a creative renaissance. I spent most of this year in a tiny apartment under a terrifying lockdown in epicenter-of-the-pandemic New York with my husband, two cats, and a very energetic toddler. I’ll save the details for a therapist, but let’s just say this year did not go as planned. Natalya Shelburne in the CSS-Tricks

In the post, Natalya writes “This has been a deeply unsustainable year for so many. Showing up and making it through each day and making any progress is enough. Not giving up and trying again, day after day, is success.”


Future of WordPress vs Jamstack Debate

Since the Jamstack popularity is slowly gaining popularity especially among developers, sharp competing views on the WordPress vs Jamstack are appearing in blog posts. On that context, a recent blog post by Netlify‘s co-founder Matt Biilmann is interesting. Many JavaScript, Node.js, React developers find the WordPress CMS blotted and buggy, whereas WordPress CMS user community […]

Future of WordPress

There are two interesting posts on WordPress worth noting. In Nellosofware blog, Antonio Villegas predicts a bright future for WordPress. In another Stackbit blog, Ohad Eder-Pressman writes an open letter to the Matt Mullenweg about the perception of WordPress lead developers about Jamstack. A Bright Future for WordPress In the post A Bright Future For […]


Hello WordPress, My Old Friend

Chris Wiegman writes on his blog his reasoning for returning to the WordPress is the new block editor. The block editor, though controversial in the beginning, seems to be winning back the hearts and minds of many WordPress users.

Although GatsbyJs, Hugo, Jekyll are buzzwords for many web developers and migrating their blogs from the WordPress to such more developer friendly static sites. One of the main attractions of these static sites is that they are lean, fast, developer friendly, and more secure from hackers. However, most static site generator frameworks are not as robust as the WordPress, now some developers are returning to the WordPress.