Conceptual Ideas on How the Customizer Could Integrate With Gutenberg

While the initial focus of Gutenberg is the editor, the second focus is the Customization experience in WordPress. Mel Choyce, Product Designer at Automattic, recently spoke at LoopConf, on the past, present, and future of the customizer.

Choyce begins the presentation by describing when and how the customizer was added to WordPress. Fun fact, the customizer or what was known as the Theme Customizer at the time, was added to WordPress 3.4 “Green” in June 2012.

The session continues with Choyce showcasing new features and enhancements that have been made to the customizer since 2012. Near the 23 minute mark, Choyce shows conceptual images of what the customization experience could be like when implemented with Gutenberg.

In the experimental images, you can see options to choose page templates or layouts, live previewing changes to blocks, global site styles, and a standard set of user interface patterns. The ideas presented are concepts and likely to change.

Because the session was recorded with a picture-in-picture, I’m not able to provide high quality screen captures of the conceptual images. To see those items in detail, I recommend viewing the video in full-screen 1080p. You can full all of the LoopConf sessions for free via their YouTube channel.

6 Comments


  1. Really no negative comments yet?

    Well I happened to think that the presentation was great, its clear to me that Mel has been using wordpress for a long time and understands the concerns that a regular wp user would face.

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    1. Still not negative comments… Pat yourself on the back WordPress Community. You did good.

      I thought it was a good presentation myself too. I fast forwarded to the screenshots of the customizer and was thought it was a nice first introduction.

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  2. Mel had a very good presentation!
    I became very excited about seeing some of the experimentation going on with the merging of the customizer and Gutenberg.

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  3. Really impressive presentation of how Gutenberg can help building layout and design. This is a huge step forward for the web developers, who use Gutenberg to build websites. I’m really excited to see it’s officially implemented.

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  4. Was an excellent presentation.

    Gave it a deserving thumbs up and comment praise on Youtube!

    See that the whole loopconf youtube channel is a trove of great presentation videos too…

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  5. Loopconf is the new WordCamp now, instead a lot of marketin-bs there you can find the real world use cases…

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