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create-guten-blockis zero configuration dev-toolkit (#0CJS) to develop WordPress Gutenberg blocks in a matter of minutes without configuring
Create Guten Block is not like other starter-kits or boilerplates. It's a developer's toolbox which is continuously updated. Since it has zero-configuration, you can always update it without any changes in your code.
🗃Set of sane-defaults ✓
Let's create a WordPress block plugin...
⚡️ Quick Overview
#2 quickly in one go — Run inside local WP install E.g.
npx create-guten-block my-block cd my-block npm start
🎛If you want to study the detailed installation of step
#2— then take a look at the steps below.
STEP #0 — Don't have
npm installed? Read this. (CLICK TO EXPAND!)
In case you are an absolute beginner to the world of
npm packages — all you need to do is go to the Node's site download + install Node on your system. This will install both
npm, i.e., node package manager — the command line interface of Node.js.
You can verify the install by opening your terminal app and typing...
node -v # Results into v9.1.0 — make sure you have Node >= 8 installed. npm -v # Results into 5.6.0 — make sure you have npm >= 5.3 installed.
→ STEP #1
All you have to do is run the following command and it will create a WordPress block plugin. It's done by installing and running the
create-guten-block command and providing it with a unique name for a WordPress plugin that will get created.
⚠️Make sure run this command in your local WordPress install's plugins folder i.e.
/local_dev_site.tld/wp-content/plugins/folder — since this command will produce a WordPress plugin that you can go to
npx create-guten-block my-block
It'll take a couple of minutes to install.
You’ll need to have Node >= 8 and npm >= 5.3 on your local development machine (but it’s not required on the server). You can use nvm (macOS/Linux) or nvm-windows to easily switch Node versions between different projects.
It will create a directory called
my-block inside the current folder.
Inside that directory, it will generate the initial project structure and install the transitive dependencies:
INSIDE: /local_dev_site.tld/wp-content/plugins/my-block ├── .gitignore ├── plugin.php ├── package.json ├── readme.md | ├── dist | ├── blocks.build.js | ├── blocks.editor.build.css | └── blocks.style.build.css | └── src ├── block | ├── block.js | ├── editor.scss | └── style.scss | ├── blocks.js ├── common.scss └── init.php
No configuration or complicated folder structures, just the files you need to build your app.
→ STEP #2
Once the installation is done, you can open your project folder and run the start script.
Let's do that.
cd my-block npm start
You can also use
yarn start if that's your jam.
This runs the plugin in development mode. To produce production code run
npm run build.
You will see the build messages, errors, and lint warnings in the console.
And just like that, you're building your next WordPress plugin with Gutenberg, React.js, ES 6/7/8/Next, transpiled with Babel, which also has ESLint configurations for your code editor to pick up and use automatically.
There are just three scripts that you can use in your
create-guten-block workflow. With these three scripts, you can develop, build, and eject your plugin.
- Use to compile and run the block in development mode.
- Watches for any changes and reports back any errors in your code.
npm run build
- Use to build production code for your block inside
- Runs once and reports back the gzip file sizes of the produced code.
npm run eject
- Use to eject your plugin out of
- Provides all the configurations so you can customize the project as you want.
- It's a one-way street,
ejectand you have to maintain everything yourself.
- You don't normally have to
ejecta project because by ejecting you lose the connection with
create-guten-blockand from there onwards you have to update and maintain all the dependencies on your own.
That's about it.
Your environment will have everything you need to build a modern next-gen WordPress Gutenberg plugin:
- React, JSX, and ES6 syntax support.
- webpack dev/production build process behind the scene.
- Language extras beyond ES6 like the object spread operator.
- Auto-prefixed CSS, so you don’t need
-webkitor other prefixes.
- A build script to bundle JS, CSS, and images for production with source-maps.
- Hassle-free updates for the above tools with a single dependency
The tradeoff is that these tools are preconfigured to work in a specific way. If your project needs more customization, you can "eject" and customize it, but then you will need to maintain this configuration.
One Dependency: There is just one build dependency. It uses webpack, Babel, ESLint, and other amazing projects, but provides a cohesive curated experience on top of them.
No Configuration Required: You don't need to configure anything. A reasonably good configuration of both development and production builds is handled for you so you can focus on writing code.
No Lock-In: You can
ejectto a custom setup at any time. Run a single command, and all the configuration and build dependencies will be moved directly into your project, so you can pick up right where you left off.
create-guten-block hides all this configuration away in an optimized package that we call
cgb-scripts. This package is the only dependency in your projects. We keep
cgb-scripts up to date while you go ahead and create the next best WordPress themes and plugins.
Too long, didn't read? Here's a shorter version.
Open the terminal app and run the following commands.
npx create-guten-block my-block— Run inside local WP install E.g.
cd my-block— Open the newly created plugin directory.
npm start— For development.
npm run build— For production build.
- ⏏ Run:
npm run eject— To customize, update, and maintain all by yourself.
Create-Guten-Block has been tested to work on macOS, but must also work on Windows, and Linux. If something doesn’t work, kindly file an issue →
Updating to New Releases
Create Guten Block is divided into two packages:
create-guten-blockis a command-line utility that you use to create new WP Gutenberg plugins.
cgb-scriptsis a development dependency in the generated plugin projects.
You never need to update
create-guten-block itself as it's run via
npx and it delegates all the setup to
When you run
create-guten-block, it always creates the project with the latest version of
cgb-scripts so you’ll get all the new features and improvements in newly created plugins automatically.
To update an existing project to a new version of
cgb-scripts, open the changelog, find the version you’re currently on (check package.json in your plugin's folder if you’re not sure), and apply the migration instructions for the newer versions.
In most cases bumping the
cgb-scripts version in package.json and running
npm install in this folder should be enough, but it’s good to consult the changelog for potential breaking changes.
We commit to keeping the breaking changes minimal so you can upgrade
Nothing's ever complete, so bear with us while we keep iterating towards a better future.
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License & Attribution
This project is inspired by the work of more people than I could mention here. But thank you, Dan Abramov for Create React App, Andrew Clark, and Christopher Chedeau, Sophie Alpert from React.js team, Kent C. Dodds for his open source evangelism, WordPress Core Contributors, Gary for keeping everyone sane, Gutenberg developers Matias, Riad, Andrew, Ella, Joen, Tammie, Greg and contributors, and other WordPress community members like Zac for his course on Gutenberg, and also my friend Morten for all the #Guten-motivation, Icons8 for the awesome icons, Maedah for managing this project, and to everyone I forgot.
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