WPWeekly Episode 329 – Gutenberg, Forks, and WordPress Development Cycles

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss the news of the week. We have a candid conversation about what it would be like if Gutenberg were merged into WordPress trunk earlier versus developed as a plugin. We also talk about Classic Editor install numbers, praising forks of WordPress, and some new tools that are available to search Gutenberg blocks. This might be the first episode since Jacoby took over as co-host that we ended the show in under an hour.

Stories Discussed:

Gutenberg Block Library Provides a Searchable Index of Individual Blocks

Gutenberg and Classic Editor Plugins Pass 200,000 Active Installations, WordPress 4.9.9 Planning Underway

WordPress to Support Classic Editor for “Many Years to Come,” Plugin and Theme Markets Expected to Drive Gutenberg Adoption

Gary Pendergast Praises ClassicPress, Extends Invitation for Collaboration

WordCamp for Publishers 2018 Videos Now Available on WordPress.tv

WPCampus 2018 Videos Are Now Available to Watch

New Network Media Library Plugin Creates a Shared Library on a Multisite Network

New WP Glossary Site Translates WordPress Techspeak into Plain English

Picks of the Week:

Jeff – WP Minute by Malcom Peralty over at PressTitan – A new video series by a longtime friend and former co-host, David Peralty that provides quick updates on stories making the rounds in the WordPress ecosystem.

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  1. Thanks for the mention! I agree with completely with @JJJ, my iteration is early and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a Blocks tab on wp.org in future.

    There may be a problem with the download, it ends abruptly at 55mins while Jeff is talking.

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    1. There was definitely an issue with the mp3 file. I’ve fixed it and you can listen to the show in its entirety now.

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  2. Those audio gremlins won’t give up! The podcast mp3 download is only 19 minutes. Still love wptavern.

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      1. If you’re having recording problems, hit me up with an email. I know a bit about this kind of stuff and would be interested.

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      2. It wasn’t a recording problem, it was an upload problem. I think I cancelled the upload before it finished leading to a cutoff in the show lol.

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  3. Thank you for the shout out! I really appreciate it. I’m glad you sorted out the audio. I was able to find the YouTube video and watch it as I was impatient ;)

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