Speakers: Nick Diego

  • Let’s Build a Custom Block in 15 Minutes

    WordCamp US 2022Speaker: Nick Diego

    September 24, 2022 — Block development can be challenging, but getting started with block development couldn’t be easier. In the past few years, WordPress contributors have created tools to simplify the process and make building blocks more accessible to those without advanced knowledge of JavaScript and React. Coupled with core components, native block supports, and a bit of guidance, every WordPress developer can add custom blocks to their repertoire. To demonstrate, let’s build a custom block from scratch in under 15 minutes. Start the clock!

  • Let’s Build a Custom Block in One Hour

    Speaker: Nick Diego

    September 21, 2022 — Block development can be challenging, but getting started with block development has never been easier. In the past few years, WordPress contributors have created tools to simplify the process and make building blocks more accessible to those without advanced knowledge of JavaScript and React. Coupled with core components, native block supports, and a bit of guidance, every WordPress builder can add custom blocks to their toolset.

    This online workshop is a follow-up to my WordCamp US presentation “Let’s Build a Custom Block in 15 Minutes”. We will walk through the process of building a custom block using the Create Block tool in more detail and add a few additional features. For our block example, we will be “blockifying” the original Hello Dolly plugin by Matt Mullenweg.

  • Nick Diego: Exploring the Power of Block Variations

    Speaker: Nick Diego

    August 26, 2022 — The block variation API allows you to create “variations” of existing blocks. A variation differs from the original block by a predefined set of attributes or inner blocks. When the variation block is inserted into the Editor, it will have these attributes and/or inner blocks rather than those of the default block. Whew, sounds complicated, right?

    In this online workshop, we will demystify block variations and demonstrate just how powerful they can be. Variations are a fundamental part of modern WordPress website development. In fact, many WordPress Core blocks that you use every day are actually variations!

  • Nick Diego: Taking Block Patterns to the Next Level

    Speaker: Nick Diego

    August 19, 2022 — Block patterns are a fundamental component of modern WordPress theme development. While we have covered patterns in many previous online workshops, this session will review some lesser-known pattern implementations.

    In addition to a review of how to register patterns in block themes, a new method introduced in WordPress 6.0, you will learn how to create semantic, contextual, and page creation patterns. We will also review multiple real-world examples of this advanced functionality that you can apply to your own projects.

  • Nick Diego: Builder Basics – Let’s Build a Custom Theme (No Coding Required) – Part 2

    Speaker: Nick Diego

    August 2, 2022 — Welcome to Part 2 where we will revisit building a custom WordPress theme without the need for any coding. This workshop will follow the previous session with more time for questions. We will also explore the new Create Block Theme plugin.

    During the session, we will take the Twenty Twenty-Two theme and fully customize it using the Site Editor and Global Styles. This will include template changes, updates to the theme color palette, layout, and more. You will then learn how to export these changes into a complete custom theme. While this functionality is still under development, it’s incredible how close we are to low-code/no-code theme development in WordPress!

  • Nick Diego: Curating the Editor Experience

    Speaker: Nick Diego

    July 22, 2022 — In this workshop, we will walk through the Block Editor Handbook article Curating the Editor Experience in a live environment. Using real-world examples, you will learn how to tailor the Editor to suit your needs and/or those of your clients. From block locking and advanced theme.json configurations to page creation patterns, there are countless ways to curate the editing experience in WordPress.

  • Nick Diego: Builder Basics – Designing Advanced Layouts with Core Blocks

    Speaker: Nick Diego

    July 15, 2022 — WordPress is changing rapidly and with each release of Core and Gutenberg, blocks become more and more powerful. Many of the layouts that you can design today were not even possible a few months ago!

    During this workshop, we will design three unique block layouts using only Core blocks that utilize some of the latest functionality available in WordPress 6.0 and Gutenberg 13.6. There will be ample time for questions and we will also discuss enhancements that are planned for 6.1.

  • Nick Diego: Builder Basics – Let’s Build a Custom Theme (No Coding Required)

    Speaker: Nick Diego

    June 16, 2022 — WordPress 6.0 “Arturo” was just released, and with it came many enhancements to the Site Editor and other Full Site Editing Features. One of the most exciting is the ability to export a complete theme from the Site Editor.

    In this Social Learning Space, we will take the Twenty Twenty-Two theme and fully customize it using the Site Editor and Global Styles. This will include template changes, updates to the theme color palette, layout, and more. You will then learn how to export these changes into a complete custom theme. While this functionality is still under development, it’s incredible how close we are to low-code/no-code theme development in WordPress!

  • Nick Diego: Builder Basics – Everything You Need to Know About Patterns

    Speaker: Nick Diego

    June 13, 2022 — WordPress 6.0 “Arturo” was just released and included many features related to block patterns. To make it easier to build websites using blocks, patterns are now visible in more places, such as the quick inserter and when editing template parts in the Site Editor. We also have a brand new way to register patterns in themes.

    During this Social Learning Space, you will learn everything there is to know about patterns. The WordPress editing experience has become even more centered around patterns. Now’s the time to make sure you know all the details!

  • Nick Diego: Builder Basics – Working with Templates in Full Site Editing (Part 3)

    Speaker: Nick Diego

    May 24, 2022 — Welcome to a three-part series on working with templates in the context of Full Site Editing. In Part 3, we will explore how Template and Template Parts can be configured for custom post types. We will also revisit Bock Templates that were introduced in Part 1, and create custom Block Templates for posts and the custom post type “books”. Finally, we will introduce the block locking API and how this can be used within templates to provide editing guardrails for clients and end-users.