Ahmad Awais



WordPress 5.0 Launched With a React.js Based Gutenberg Editor and I Got to Contribute β€” Yay! πŸŽ‰

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The most anticipated WordPress 5.0 just got released. The core now includes audacious new editing experience code-named Gutenberg along with the all-new TwentyNineteen default theme. WordPress is embracing JavaScript, React.js is now a part of its core. Tell me about that…

πŸ“Ί Watch this quick video on WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” ↓


The best most humble part for me, as a full-time open source developer and teacher, is that I got to contribute code to all of that β€” the WordPress Core, theme, and especially this new JavaScript/React.js based editor Gutenberg. Happiness is β€” contributing to open source that impacts millions of lives.

πŸ‘‹ If you’re not reading my blog for the first time, you probably know about my commitment to the WordPress software and that WordPress is how I found my better half.

πŸ’― It’s been a couple years since I have been contributing to the core software for every major release β€” helping people understand that it’s easy to contribute. Everyone should help make WP awesome.

🎩 I am a full-time #OpenSourcerer, you’ll find me advocating open source and JavaScript all the time. Thanks to my incredible partners and people who purchase my courses. Check out my open source work β†’

Core Contributing Developer Wordpress 5.0

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» Along with my wife and a small team, I also run TheDevCouple blog. Just like the last version, every team member contributed to WordPress core in 5.0 release as well.

As you can imagine, we are super passionate about the WordPress software and its community. We live and breathe WordPress, build WP products, and give back to the make it better every day.


WordPress 5.0 β€” Gutenberg, TwentyNineteen & More#

I’ve decided to collect a few links that you can check out to read about all the major changes in WordPress 5.0 β€” keep yourself up to date.

This is a major release, the least you can do as a developer is read what’s new. So, how about we start with new editor called Gutenberg.

Wordpress Gutenberg Block Editor


This time around, I am super proud to share that one of my biggest contributions to the WordPress community, that’s related to Gutenberg editor, is the create-guten-block toolkit.

It’s a developer tooling that helps you get started with building Gutenberg blocks, without any configurations. The last I checked, eight out of every ten Gutenberg plugins on WP.org are built with this CGB toolkit. Check it out, and give it a star.

…and we got a new default theme. This one is pretty darn good! πŸ‘

Twenty Nineteen Wp Theme

That’s pretty much about it. I’ll soon be recording a video on this release that I’ll update this post with. Feel free to subscribe here and especially on YouTube.


Thank You, Everyone!#

WordPress 5.0 release was no easy feat. Thanks a lot to everyone who participated, helped, contributed, and made an effort to remove all the negativity and #WPDrama around Gutenberg and whatnot.

Remember that in open source communities empathy, appreciation, sponsorship, and willingness to actually be open to new ideas is a rare sight. You can play your part well. Reach out and do all of this. Be awesome!

Use your code for good, peace!

Founder & CEO at Langbase.com Β· Ex VP DevRel Rapid Β· Google Developers Advisory Board (gDAB) founding member. πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» AI/ML/DevTools Angel Investor ❯ AI/ML Advisory Board member San Francisco, DevNetwork

🎩 Award-winning Open Source Engineer & Dev Advocate 🦊 Google Developers Expert Web DevRel πŸš€ NASA Mars Ingenuity Helicopter mission code contributor πŸ† 8th GitHub Stars Award recipient with 3x GitHub Stars Award (Listed as GitHub's #1 JavaScript trending developer).

🌳 Node.js foundation Community Committee Outreach Lead, Member Linux Foundation, OpenAPI Business Governing Board, and DigitalOcean Navigator. πŸ“Ÿ Teaching thousands of developers Node.js CLI Automation (100 videos Β· 22 Projects) & VSCode.pro course. Over 142 Million views, 22 yrs Blogging, 56K developers learning, 200+ FOSS.

✌️ Author of various open-source dev-tools and software libraries utilized by millions of developers worldwide ⓦ WordPress Core Developer πŸ“£ TEDx Speaker with 100+ international talks.

✨ As quoted by: Satya Nadella Β· CEO of Microsoft β€” Awais is an awesome example for developers.
πŸ™Œ Leading developers and publishing technical content for over a decade πŸ’œ Loves his wife (Maedah) ❯ Read more about Ahmad Awais.

πŸ‘‹β€¦ Awais is mostly active on Twitter @MrAhmadAwais


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