Notes: GDPR Compliance


Simple, common sense approach

  • what you’re collecting
  • what you’re going to do with it
  • explicitly ask for consent
  • receive requests to receive data and to delete their data
  • let them know if there’s a breach


For developers:



  • JavaScript For WordPress Conference

  • WordSesh

    • July 25, 2018
    • Live, Virtual Conference covering various WordPress development topics
    • Tickets are $25 each

Notes: Gutenberg Introduction for Users

What is Gutenberg?
“Gutenberg” is the codename for the 2017 WordPress editor focus. The goal of this focus is to create a new post and page editing experience that makes it easy for anyone to create rich post layouts
Gutenberg Handbook Gutenberg is, in simplest terms, a replacement for the TinyMCE editor (aka the “default” WordPress editor). If you’ve ever used WordPress, you’ve almost certainly used TinyMCE.  
TinyMCE Screenshot
A screenshot of this very post in the TinyMCE editor
Gutenberg uses “blocks” of content which can be arranged and customized to give users more control over how their posts and pages look. On the surface, it’s not unlike the editing experience of Wix, SquareSpace, and existing WordPress page-building plugins like Elementor. Currently, Gutenberg has blocks that handle all of the features you’re used to in the WordPresss editor now: paragraphs, headings, lists, images, galleries, media embeds, etc. Plugin and theme authors can also create new blocks for different types of content, and some plugins are already “Gutenberg aware.”

How to Use Gutenberg

Install the plugin  from Note that, at the time of writing, this plugin is not ready to be used in production (live) websites.

Why Use Gutenberg

Simply put, Gutenberg gives you more control over how your site looks than the current TinyMCE editor. When Is Gutenberg Available? As stated above, you can install Gutenberg as a plugin right now if you want to test it. Gutenberg is currently scheduled to be packaged as part of WordPress core starting with the 5.0 release. When is the 5.0 release? Well, we don’t know yet.

Why Not Use Gutenberg

At the time of this writing, there are some issues that could arise if you were to update your website to a version that includes Gutenberg instead of TinyMCE. Mainly, Gutenberg may break your editing experience if you are using a theme or any plugins which use custom fields to store and display content. It is up to each plugin and theme author to update their product to be compatible with Gutenberg. You could lose the ability to edit your content’s custom fields (because Gutenberg doesn’t use custom fields – it uses blocks).

How to Not Use Gutenberg

Install the Classic Editor plugin, which detects for the presence of Gutenberg on your site and circumvents it. Note: at the time of writing, this plugin is not ready for production so it would be better to make a note of it now and only install it if needed.

Further Reading

  • Official Gutenberg Site:
  • Gutenberg News, A collection of Gutenberg tutorials & resources:
  • WP Tavern’s Collection of Gutenberg Conversations, Resources, and Videos:

Gutenberg for Developers

Have you heard about Gutenberg, the all-new, drastically different publishing experience that will be released in the next version of WordPress?

This change impacts everyone using WordPress, from general users to those working with clients and developing solutions on top of WordPress.

If you haven’t tried out Gutenberg for yourself, I’d highly recommend you give it a try.  It is important to familiarize yourself with the user experience in order to be able to make sense of all the ways you can integrate with it.

Ultimately, many things that are currently managed by custom meta boxes in WordPress can likely be replaced with custom blocks in Gutenberg. A block is essentially a stand-alone editing component.  Examples of existing blocks are an image block for inserting and managing images, a text block for standard text content and a gallery component for managing collections of images. At the meetup, we covered how to create a custom block, which we called ‘Gutenbook’; a block that allows you to insert a book title, description, and author in a card view format. View the code on GitHub.

The Gutenberg editor has a few layers to it. First, the primary technology behind it is React; Facebook’s JavaScript view library. Second, there is a new WordPress JavaScript API that layers on top of React that you will use to create Gutenberg blocks. Finally, there is the code you will write to leverage all the tools that Gutenberg provides to create your own blocks.

Suggested Resources

If you are interested in how to create your own Gutenberg block, take a look at these helpful resources:


Notes: A Gentle Introduction to ES6


  • var => keywords let and const to help prevent unnecessary errors

    • var can be reassigned and redeclared
    • let can be reassigned but not redeclared
    • const cannot be reassigned or redeclared
    • const is not hoisted

  • Function Scoping => Function Scoping + Block Scoping

    • var can only be function scoped
    • let and const are block scoped

  • Template Literals

    • string concatenation => string interpolation
    • explicit line breaks in a string => multi-line strings

  • Default Values

  • Anonymous functions => Arrow Functions

    • arrow functions keep context

  • Destructuring

    • arrays, objects, nested objects, renaming

  • pass individual parameters to a function => rest parameters

  • concat => spread operator

  • forEach => for..of

  • constructors => classes

To learn more, see our resource list for JavaScript for WordPress developers

Notes: A Simple Introduction to the WordPress REST API