Tag: blocks

  • #46 – Nick Diego on Why You Should Be Excited About the Possibilities of WordPress Blocks

    #46 – Nick Diego on Why You Should Be Excited About the Possibilities of WordPress Blocks

    On the podcast today we have Nick Diego. Nick is a Developer Advocate at WP Engine. He can be found creating educational content, building plugins and themes, and contributing to WordPress Core. He’s on the podcast to talk about his passion and optimism for the future of WordPress using blocks. At the recent WordCamp US, Nick gave a presentation entitled, ‘Let’s Build a Custom Block in 15 Minutes’. It was his attempt to show a group of WordPress enthusiasts that the barrier to creating blocks is slowly being eroded, due to the creation of new tools. These tools are creating opportunities for people who might otherwise have stayed away from block development. It’s clear that Nick is all in on blocks, and during the podcast he makes the case for why you should be too. They offer so many opportunities for what can be displayed on a page, and their capabilities are only getting better. It’s a fascinating chat, especially for those who are, as yet, undecided about whether they want to embrace WordPress blocks.

  • #45 – Alex Ball on Customizing Core Blocks for Clients

    #45 – Alex Ball on Customizing Core Blocks for Clients

    On the podcast today we have Alex Ball. Alex is a Lead Software Engineer at Mindgrub, a digital agency in Baltimore, Maryland. His website leadership experience continues to inform his decision-making today, especially for training clients and making the block editor as easy to use as possible, and that, in essence, is the subject of the podcast today. During WordCamp US 2022, Alex gave a lightning talk in which he laid out some suggestions on how the block editor can be made more straightforward for clients. Most regular WordPress users have become accustomed to the way the block editor works. Over time, we’ve understood how things work and where we need to go in the UI to alter things. For many clients, this familiarity simply does not exist, it’s confusing and mistakes occur. Alex talks about solutions to this problem, and he comes at it from different angles. Maybe you lock certain features down so that only certain users can achieve specific tasks. Or it might be that you need to take time to educate your clients more about the block editor and how it works.

  • #24 – Aki Hamano on Building Useful Blocks for Fun

    #24 – Aki Hamano on Building Useful Blocks for Fun

    On the podcast today we have Aki Hamano. He’s a fan of creating WordPress blocks and currently has five available in the repository. We talk about the WordPress community in his home country of Japan and then give deeply into what all of this blocks do, and why he’s been creating them. It’s an interesting discussion, and you never know, perhaps you’ll find yourself using Aki’s blocks at some point yourself.

  • #11 – Vinny McKee on His Block Builder Plugin

    #11 – Vinny McKee on His Block Builder Plugin

    Blocks are the future of WordPress. They offer an easy way to create content and display it on your website in interesting ways. The only problem is that, although they are easy to use, blocks are hard to create. There’s a fairly high level of technical concepts and processes which you need to master if you’re going to start building your own blocks. Unless of course you can find a block builder plugin like the one that today’s guest, Vinny McKee, has created. In the podcast we learn about why Vinny built the plugin, as well as how it works. What problems does it overcome, and are there any limitations to what you can build?

  • #8 – Lee Shadle on How Blocks Create New Opportunities

    #8 – Lee Shadle on How Blocks Create New Opportunities

    On the Jukebox podcast today we have Lee Shadle. Lee is a WordPress developer at WP Draft, and by his own admission is obsessed with building block based themes, plugins and websites. He’s been using WordPress for many years and as soon as the Gutenberg project was announced, he decided he was going to explore it and learn how it worked. We talk about what he has been building with blocks and why he thinks that they represent a bright future for WordPress. For Lee, it’s about the extra capabilities which they bring for end users. We discuss the difficulties developers face learning new skills, and how Lee overcame this. Have a listen to Lee Shadle on the podcast.

  • #3 – Benjamin Intal on Why He’s Betting His Business on Blocks

    #3 – Benjamin Intal on Why He’s Betting His Business on Blocks

    So today on the WP Tavern Jukebox podcast we’re talking to Benjamin Intal from Stackable, which is suite of WordPress blocks. We talk about why he’s betting his business on blocks and how the company have evolved their product line over the last three years. From a period in which the adoption of blocks was uncertain to now, in which blocks appear to be gaining more momentum. What problems did they encounter along the way and how they iterated their offering. Listen now.

  • #2 – Anne McCarthy on How Full Site Editing Will Impact WordPress

    #2 – Anne McCarthy on How Full Site Editing Will Impact WordPress

    In this, the second episode of the WP Tavern Jukebox podcast, we talk to Anne McCarthy. Anne is Developer Relations Wrangler for Automattic. Her work is focussed on the WordPress.org space, and she is leading the Full Site Editing Outreach Program. She explains what Full Site Editing in WordPress is all about. Why it’s needed, what it hopes to achieve and how you can get involved to shape the direction of the project.