Gutenberg Community on Slack

With the new WordPress editor taken by storm, more and more developers and users are getting to know and love Gutenberg. The only down side is that there is no open community that will allow both developers and users to find each other in relation to Gutenberg.

Sure there is Twitter etc but not really the best way to have a group conversation by subject. Slack however, is a great communication tool and everybody should know Slack by now so why not use it to build a community for Gutenberg.

As part of the BlockSuite project I am working on, I thought it was the perfect opportunity and one I feel that is needed for both developers and users to work together in making Gutenberg great.

It’s also the pefect place to share and learn from one another. So i’m delighted to let you know this week I created a new Slack channel for this very purpose.

There are channels for discussing block ideas, a place for developers and testers when needed to test out new blocks developed, job postings for blocks to be made, meetups, news on Gutenberg changes or popular blocks updated. Showcase sites you have made using Gutenberg or just the blocks you have created and more.

To join simply press the button and you will be directed to enter your e-mail address to get your invite.

I look forward to the community growing and see you there.


A sweet project is coming

A new year is just hours away and I have already been planning for a new project that I will be starting soon. Now that WordPress 5.0 is out and Gutenberg is starting to take off I wanted to build a new set of blocks or should I say suite of blocks.

The project is called Block Suite and on the Block Suite site I have shared information on how the project is going to proceed and how you can participate in this project. I am hoping it will go well as I know a lot of people are looking for something new or simply don’t know yet how to build blocks of their own for Gutenberg.

This will be my first project that will be designed and developed with the help of the WordPress community. There are many blocks available but so far the majority of them provide the same thing, only styled differently.


A few weeks ago, designer and developer Rich Tabor won the Automattic design award for his Gutenberg project “Block Gallery” allowing you to create galleries, and then switch quickly between gallery types, such as masonry, offset, stacked, carousel, etc.

Block Gallery from Rich Tabor.

I too was impressed with the amount of work and effort he put in for the user experience. He has certainly set the bar high with what you can do with Gutenberg.

Not all blocks available on the WordPress plugin directory are done well like this so far. It is a great example on how everyone should be proceeding when designing their own blocks.

This type of user experience is a positive one, and should be encouraged.

That’s not to say other blocks wont improve over time. The majority of blocks so far are blocks that were developed while the Gutenberg was still in phase one of it’s development.

A lot was changing before WP5 was released and caused blocks to break. This was one of the reasons I developed Gutenberg Prototype so developers would always have the latest version of Gutenberg available before public release.

Preparing for the project

This month I have been learning more about Gutenberg and it’s components for the project. The list of blocks and extensions I have set out to build is a suite collection that will be of the highest quality.

Learning and experimenting with the components has been my priority before this project starts and I still have more to do.

I look forward to sharing more on Block Suite as it develops but for now…

Happy New Year!


Attachment Slugs for WordPress v1.0.0

Today I updated Attachment Slugs for WordPress. One of many plugins I am making sure to be compatible and ready for WordPress v5.0 before it is released.

I rewritten the main plugin file and added a new feature, one that I am surprised has not been added to the core of WordPress since the begginning I believe and that is the ability to rename the permalink slugs for attachments.

Attachment Slug editable.

Changing the attachment title does not update the permalink slug so this is handy to have should you want to rename the permalink slug for the attachment.

How do I edit an attachment slug?

It’s really easy. Simply go to the media library and edit the item you wish to rename. Then on the side under Attachment Slug you can rename the slug. Press the Update button and that’s it.


Minimum Requirement

The minimum requirement is that you have WordPress version v4.4.0 installed.



I have been so busy working on one project that a whole year went by so quickly. I completly had no time to finish my site so today I have set aside time and the site I had been developing in progress and spent the day rebooting my site lite, fresh and fast.