Episode 64: Patterns in WordPress

Created on November 12, 2023 at 10:44 am

Learn about where WordPress ORG is going, how we’ll get there, and how you can get involved.

Join WordPress Executive ORG Director, Josepha Haden Chomphosy PERSON , as she goes back to the basics and offers some insight into block patterns for WordPress ORG . Don’t miss this exciting insider’s look!

Have a question you’d like answered? You can submit them to [email protected], either written or as a voice recording.


Host: Josepha Haden Chomphosy PERSON

Editor: Dustin Hartzler PERSON

Logo: Javier Arce

PERSON Production: Brett McSherry

PERSON Song: Fearless First ORDINAL by Kevin MacLeod

PERSON Show Notes


[00:00:00] Josepha PERSON : Hello everyone. And welcome to the WordPress Briefing ORG , the podcast where you can catch quick explanations of the ideas behind the WordPress ORG open source project, some insight into the community that supports it, and get a small list of big things coming up in the next two weeks DATE . I’m your host, Josepha Haden Chomphosy PERSON . Here we go.

[ 00:00:28 TIME ] (Intro music)

[00:00:39] Josepha PERSON : Today DATE ’s briefing topic is going to take a bit of a back-to-basics look at block patterns. Block patterns are one of my favorite enhancements that came through the Gutenberg PERSON project, and they’re pretty much exactly what they sound like. Groups of blocks that are arranged together. These patterns can be as simple as a block that holds a series of social sharing icons, but they can also be as complex as an entire landing page, complete with a call to action and interactive gallery.

They can be used as a starting point where you activate an entire pattern and then modify the pieces that don’t quite work for you or as a sort of inspirational catalog of design elements for you to build your own patterns from.

So, where do these block patterns come from? Who created them? As with most things in WordPress ORG , the answer is lots of places. Some patterns are included with WordPress ORG by default, and there are also sometimes specialized block patterns that are bundled with a particular theme or plugin. There’s also a pattern library that includes both curated block patterns and all the patterns that are created and shared by the WordPress ORG community itself.

So from the CMS ORG , from themes, from plugins, from designers, from hobbyists, from people who just like love creating things and putting it out in the world, that’s, that’s where those patterns come from. But you can also create and curate your own block patterns, either to share back to the community as some folks do or because you are a site administrator and everyone needs to be able to add, I don’t know, an author block or something. But you don’t always want to be the one that has to put the photo on the page.

There are a few blocks that have their patterns built into settings, most notably the Query Loop Block FAC . I’ll share a tutorial about how to work with that in the show notes, but ultimately, what’s important to remember here is that block patterns are a really powerful tool with a lot of ways to implement them. You can start as simple as you want or as complex as you want, but either way, getting familiar with this concept in the software will give you a leg up on your next project.

[ 00:02:53 ORG ] (Music interlude)

[ 00:03:00 WORK_OF_ART ] Josepha PERSON : That brings us now to our small list of big things.

First ORDINAL up, the annual DATE survey is available. Each year DATE , the WordPress ORG community, so users, site builders, extenders, contributors, artists, you all provide valuable feedback through an annual DATE survey. And every year DATE , I look into the results to get a sense for what areas need the most attention in the project. So click the link in the show notes to take the 2023 DATE survey and help co-create WordPress ORG .

The next thing on our small list of big things is WordCamp Asia PRODUCT is currently searching for volunteers for the upcoming event on March 7th through 9th, DATE

2024 DATE . They’re looking for Contributor Stories, Event Volunteers WORK_OF_ART , Emcee support, A/V Team Crew ORG , and even designers to help create the official Wapuu PERSON for the event. I’ll include a link to applications for that in the show notes as well.

And finally, I think it’s important to mention that if you don’t really know what a WordCamp PRODUCT is, so you don’t really understand why you should volunteer to help this one, or why you would want to, then head over to your local meetup. If you look in your WordPress ORG dashboard, there’s a widget in there that tells you when the next local event will be. And I know that they will all be delighted to have you there. And who knows, maybe your city will be the next to host a WordCamp PRODUCT . I’ll also include in the show notes just a list of all of the meetup groups that we have in the world. And so if you don’t trust your dashboard or you don’t share your location there for some reason, you can just find it on your own.

And that, my friends, is your small of big things.

[ 00:04:32 WORK_OF_ART ] Josepha PERSON : Thanks for tuning in today DATE for the WordPress Briefing ORG . Don’t forget to follow us on your favorite podcast app, or subscribe directly on WordPress.org/news PERSON . You’ll get a friendly reminder whenever a new episode drops. If you liked what you heard today DATE , share it with a fellow WordPresser PERSON . Or, if you had questions about what you heard, you can share those directly with me at [email protected]. I’m your host, Josepha Haden Chomphosy PERSON . Thanks again for listening, and I’ll see you in a couple of weeks DATE .

[ 00:05:00 WORK_OF_ART ] (Music outro)

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