Hello, Gutenberg!

I’ve just been pulling, pushing, redirecting and querying. And I’m now live with WordPress Gutenberg on all my primary domains and sites. Until today this site and others were running a soupy mess of custom fields for publishing and laborious processes for design changes. Site transfers are the grotty and anxious work of websites. Good news is, it looks like it all went okay. Back-ups all sorted too, just incase I uncover bugs.

It feels delightful to be writing this directly in the editor, knowing that it publishes straight to my domain, is fully flexible in block layout and I can tweak the design as I wish in the frontend.

The most exciting part is this transfer removes a series of frictions that compounded into a pickle of demotivating mess. This included:

  • Complicated content fields to create pages
  • PHP that is being deprecated soon
  • Poor asset management and implementation of asset delivery
  • Ancient front-end code
  • Unsustainable feature backlog to achieve my layout ideas
  • The WordPress product offer being years ahead as I stayed stuck in time

Perhaps I’ll journal the end-to-end set-up and lessons I have learned once systems are at a good baseline across all sites.

Right now, the site looks a bit scrappy, it’s missing ~350 photos and has content snags all over the place. But, this is a huge value unlock that was achieved in a few hours of dedicated daily time. It added up and I’m done on the foundational glow up within 35 days of 2024.

Over the coming months I’ll document my journey with going full no code using Gutenberg. See what’s possible, where the trade-offs are and where do I need to apply coding skills — if at all anymore.

The previous site is still available at https://archive2024.lawrencebrown.eu/ and I can’t wait till I can switch that off. Keep the server minimal.


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