We tried converting a bespoke website design in WordPress with Gutenberg

and this is what happened

Marie Manandise
Jun 18, 2018 · 20 min read
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Photo by Iker Urteaga on Unsplash

This is what we asked Marie to do


The Gutenberg exercise

More details on what we need to achieve and how we’ve done it so far

Getting prepared — A skill set U-turn

‘Easing’ into it

“These […] hooks are still being optimized, so this might change slightly in the future.”

Building MY simple block (as opposed to ANY simple block)

The shared CSS delusion — Workload multiplication

“Setting up the block styles for the back-end editing experience was more involved than any of us had anticipated. It’s very much like adding editor styles to the current TinyMCE editor, but some Gutenberg blocks have very specific classes that needed to be overridden.”

Laurel Fulford of ThemeShaper.com, the Automattic Theme Division

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Every time I wanted to preview edited block markup…

The spacing conundrum — more code planning

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A lead paragraph block?
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Top half of a webpage section

The final straw: the Block Inspector

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The block inspector that appears on the right-hand side, under the ‘Block’ tab, when editing a Gutenberg block.

Things I knew I couldn’t achieve anyway

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This is not Simon Jones
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Teasers leading to other pages of content

Main conclusions

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