Tag: Extenders

  • Using the box shadow feature for themes

    Gutenberg 14.9 launched on January 4, 2023, and this release featured a long-needed design tool that theme authors have been missing: shadows. The first iteration of this feature, which should eventually land in WordPress 6.2, allows designers to create a “palette” of custom shadows to apply to blocks and supported elements. The box shadow component and the […]

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  • A walk-through of layout classes in WordPress 6.1

    WordPress 6.1 introduced several necessary changes to its layout framework. Namely, core has now centralized its layout definitions, created semantic class names, and reduced code duplication on container blocks. Originally, this post was intended to be a quick look at the changes to the system for theme authors. However, given the heftiness of the topic, […]

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  • 2022: the block developer’s year in review

    As 2022 draws to a close we review the past year from a block developer’s point of view. We review all the latest developments in the block editor and survey the resources that became available over the year. We end with a look forward at what’s to come in 2023.

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  • Building a book review grid with a Query Loop block variation

    A step-by-step tutorial for building a custom Query Loop block variation and integrating it with custom post meta.

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  • Leveraging theme.json and per-block styles for more performant themes

    With each major WordPress update, theme authors gain access to new tools that decrease their development workload and can increase the performance of their themes. Most of these improvements in the last few releases come from theme.json updates. The theme.json file adds extra settings and styles that can replace the need for custom CSS. These […]

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  • A PHP developer’s guide to getting started with block development

    Web developers looking to get started with block development face a bewildering array of learning and reference resources. This post will guide you through the learning process and help you to get started with block development.

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  • How to extend WordPress via the SlotFill system

    In WordPress 5.0, the WordPress SlotFill system was introduced as part of the Gutenberg project and is the extension paradigm that allows developers to extend the UIs introduced with the Gutenberg project such as the Post Editor and the Site Editor.

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  • Welcome to the WordPress Developer Blog

    One of the big-picture goals for 2022 was to create a developer-focused site.  Since then, contributors have been working toward making such a site a reality.  Today, I’m happy to announce its beta launch. What does it mean to have this type of developer-focused site? Is it news? Will it have tutorials? Code examples? It’s […]

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