Gutenberg is the new big thing coming from and for WordPress. It’s a brand-new, radically-different editor for posts.
It’s slated to be included in WordPress version 5.0.0. Currently, as I write this, WordPress is at 4.9.7. So it’s coming very very soon—possibly as soon as August of this year (ie, 2018).
It’s available as a plugin in advance, so you can try it and see what you think. So far… so far I’m liking it.
Photo by Raphael Schaller on Unsplash.
Mostly, I just want to get close to NaNoWriMo wordcount numbers in my novel-in-progress.
It’d also be nice to make some time to work on the WordPress Multisite project I’ve got going.
Apparently my talk from WordCamp Toronto Dev has gone online.
in situ on WordCamp.tv
Found via WPDaily.co. (Holy crap, my name shows up on WPDaily.co!)
(Also: I’ve since updated my code to use
get_option() and its siblings in the Options API, rather than using
$wpdb to update the options. In non-nerd words, I’m using The WordPress Way instead of The Dumb Way.)
Maybe my Winnipeg one will go live soon too. A boy can dream…
Things I should do in the next while:
Make a list
- Install some project management software and start using it for personal projects
Go through the cards I got on my busy weekend and connect up
- New theme for my site
- Write, write, write
- Prep for my readings
One great WordCamp, indeed.
I learned about Ian Stewart’s journey from utter WordPress “noob” to member (lead?) of the Automattic Theme Team.
I learned that there are still seven or eight things I don’t know about WordPress, courtesy of Sheri Bigelow.
I learned from tri.be’s Peter Chester how to fix WordPress when it’s slow (Find the slowest thing; fix it; rinse and repeat).
I taught an intimidatingly full room of people that WordPress Multisite isn’t really all that scary.
I learned from Reid Peifer about how you should manage a distributed team (final rule: GIVE A CRAP).
And I learned from Dave Pensato that while WordPress is awesome, it could probably be more awesome still. (Blinky FTW.)
Then I had some snacks and went to visit my family. A good day all around.
I’ll be speaking at Winnipeg’s inaugural WordCamp! I’ll talk about my experiences with WordPress Multisite, which I use at work every single day. It’s a great system but it does have its little gotcha! moments.
Tickets are on sale now!
Yesterday I learned about IDEs, debugging, geolocation, rapid deployment with Capistrano, remote control, all the things I’m doing wrong on WordPress and how to fix them, and that I apparently talk faster when I’m nervous. On today’s agenda: mobile sites, structured data, and other goodies.
I was fiddling with the Evans site this evening — adding a post about donations, etc — and came across this post, which made reference to the wp-Typography plugin. I installed it on the Evans site and had a look. I must say, I’m impressed.
It allows for hyphenation, for one thing; it also handles widows and orphans, something that I vaguely understand. More impressively — at least to me — it also handles “smart” quotes properly. Smartly, in fact.
This is a bugaboo of long standing for me; I find it irritating to see contractions like ‘tis starting with an opening single quote rather than a proper apostrophe. This plugin seems to solve it. (If “ ‘tis” is spelled right in this post, it’s thanks to the plugin.)
Pedantic? It sure is. But we all have our pet peeves, & for whatever reason, improper punctuation is one of mine. And I’m glad to have stumbled across a technological solution to the problem.
Update: I see from the notes on the theme I’m using that wp-Typography is in the Recommended Plugins list. I thought sounded vaguely familiar…