The first cohort of adult students to learn WordPress in Code Differently‘s Return Ready program had an opportunity to speak at WordFest’s first event. We shared what it is like to teach and learn WordPress. Tune in for a quick overview on the WordPress curriculum I’ve created.
I can’t say how amazing this event and the entire onboarding sequence was. By pre-recording the main presentation and focusing Q&A on real-time, I was able to remove the stage fright from myself and students. We’re quite used to living in Zoom these days.
Easier Editing — Already available in WordPress, with ongoing improvements
Customization — Full Site editing, Block Patterns, Block Directory, Block based themes
Collaboration — A more intuitive way to co-author content
Multi-lingual — Core implementation for Multi-lingual sites
Why Should You Test Full Site Editing with the WordPress Block Editor?
True – it has not shipped yet. So working on something that is still in the future seems like a bit of a risk.
The Full Site Editing really changes how some areas work. Until recently, I hadn’t valued what the Query Block could do. But now I’m considering how a custom post type “events” might work in the loop and what elements I could drop in.
Folks that really need to tune in to this big iteration are:
Those just learning WordPress – like my students who are in an intensive bootcamp program covering HTML/CSS/JS/PHP and WordPress
Plugin and Theme devs, product owners, and company owners. The roadmap for getting products ready can be significant. There are a lot of new functionality possibilities beyond WordPress Core with this method.
Website builders – Whether you are a DIY business owner building your own website or one who assembles themes and plugins for others, this may change your offerings sooner rather than later.
Configure Your Testing Environment
Testing this is one piece. The other factor that remains is that your voice matters. WordPress now powers over 40% of the internet. That’s a huge number. This is a major change that reaches so many parts of the website.
If you’ve ever struggled to know what is coming and how to have any input or have your suggestions heard, this is a great opportunity to test and give feedback.
Carrie’s got a great post to help you started setting up your testing environment.
After a day of teaching or programming, I need to shift gears and use a different part of my brain. It is helpful to inspire creativity, process how the workday went, and enjoy other parts of life.
I am blogging along with my students to demonstrate how to use the block editor. Hey ReturnReady Code Differently full-stack developers!
I have played the mandolin and violin since grade school, long before hipsters made bluegrass instruments cool again. I learned to play in an orchestra reading music. By high school, I was ear playing chords and accompaniment pieces with a youth group worship band.
Recently I found Mark Wood’s music. He was in Tran-Siberian Orchestra and has designed his own lines of electric violins. His TedTalk shares how he went from classically trained professional musician to a rock musician.
Not only did I want to reinvent the music, but I wanted to reinvent the instrument.
On my wishlist is a 7 string deep purple and blue Viper violin with frets. It may be awhile before I can splurge for that. I am not a professional musician and am not performing with others around having young children and pandemic living. But I dream about the days when I can be with friends in person, and have my dream violin.
For now, I’ll keep learning the 3 additional low strings on my budget-friendly violin and hopefully make a purchase one day.
I did attend an elementary school orchestra recital, knowing ZERO children performing, because Mark was conducting a workshop with the school that day. Fangirl much? It was great to see him play live and watch how he inspires these children.
I’m also hoping to get a Bahian Guitar by Eliafas Santana. It is an extended range electric mandolin. I’d love to find one with the same 7 strings as my violin.
Music for the Mind
Listening to and playing along with recordings from artists has been a great way to allow my mind some time and space to be creative. Often unrelated ideas will occur while I play, or a solution to a code challenge will pop up. Giving myself some space to have fun and a focus to tune out the news has been so helpful.
As the weather turns colder here, I turn to indoor hobbies more. I work on reading more physical books (audio is my preference in the warmer months) and playing my instruments 20 minutes a day. I find doing this on my lunch break helps reset my thinking.
What are you doing to keep your mind engaged in things that have very little to do with the news or your work during this time?