14 Comments

  1. Nick

    Thanks for the heads up for the 18px padding. I do agree that getting rid of it things look better.

    That said, the real question here is: Why aren’t block borders in the core?

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  2. Li-An

    Great question from Nick. I just begin to work with Gutenberg and searching for blocks in the editor is quite boring.

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  3. Trishan Mehta

    This is a life saver for me. I literally pull out my hair trying to select nested blocks in the block editor. Thanks for the heads up.

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    • Héctor Prieto

      Hi Trishan! I’m sorry to hear you struggled to select nested blocks. To address this, the Gutenberg team has been working on enhancing the user experience with improvements such as the List View:
      https://make.wordpress.org/core/2021/06/09/core-editor-improvement-improve-your-workflow-with-list-view/
      It was first introduced in Gutenberg 10.7 and will be included in core in WordPress 5.8. Please let us hear your feedback on it :)

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      • Nick

        Very true about the list view… also we have the breadcrumbs to navigate the nested blocks as well.

        However, they are not as helpful in having the visual borders right inside the editor, and with the listed nav. menu it’s much less convenient for screen resolutions are less than 1920px, as it squeezes the content when the list view is open.

        We have to admit though that the list view is much better now… I just wish we could rename the labels of the items in the list view, and move the blocks around right from within the list view as well, you know, like most decent page builders…

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        • Héctor Prieto

          Hi Nick! Thanks for the feedback, we will take it into account to keep improving the List View. As an example, Gutenberg 11.1, to be released tomorrow July 21st, will allow dragging & dropping items directly in the List View.

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      • Steve Grant

        The updated list view is a much much better IMO.

        The three further improvements I’d like to see are:
        1. To enable drag& drop re-ordering and nesting from within that list
        2. A contextual menu on items allowing copy / duplicate. Currently keyboard commands for copy/paste sometimes work, on some items (paragraphs, but not groups or columns for example) leading to a sense of functional confusion and disconnect “am I doing anything?!”.
        3. A tear-off side panel floating window variant, which is re-sizable. For cases when the list is long, and the editor needs to focus on one small section.

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  4. Jamie Warburton

    Gutenberg plug-in has a block navigator in the left sidebar now, so finding blocks is now very easy. No need for these plugins anymore

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    • Benjamin

      Big issue is for those editing content on the go with smaller screens, the precious real-estate of the block editor canvas gets EVEN smaller with the fly-out left sidebar of the Outline list view block navigator. It seemed to be perfectly fine as a drop-down in the current location. I really don’t like the new panel and it makes content creation even MORE cramped when using the Block Editor

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  5. Stiest

    Great job Christopher, i think am going to try this plugin.

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  6. Christopher John

    Wow, thanks for reviewing my plugin, Justin! Lots to think about here and I’m definitely going to keep working on this to make it better. Your suggestions are exactly what I needed for the next update.

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  7. Christopher John

    Version 1.0.2 is a “feedback update” based on this review!

    I’ve improved the display and styling for the following block types: columns, lists, paragraphs, images and social buttons.

    I tried to minimize padding as much as possible, but yeah, some is needed to separate and make space for the Wayfinder labels.

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  8. Serafín

    I love this! Will try it right away.
    I’m surprised something like this is not core in Gutenberg. The experience of trying to select the right block is terrible when you have columns, groups, etc.

    Kudos to the author

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