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How to create a Gutenberg Block Easily

Blocks are the new thing in the wordpress world, and for a good reason! they are super performant and the enable the possibility to do anything you can imagine.

Now imagine that you want to create a plugin that register a new block, and you also want to use ESNext.

In the official documentation of wordpress you can find this post.

Show me the code:

npx @wordpress/create-block todo-list
cd todo-list
npm start

I hope this helps someone :).

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How to setup a wordpress site with Woocommerce using docker compose and xdebug in minutes

Follow this steps except for the commands section:

How to setup a wordpress multisite with docker compose and xdebug in minutes

Instead run this commands:

# create a templates directory
mkdir templates

# create a wp directory
mkdir wp

# move .htaccess file to template dir
mv .htaccess templates

# start docker containers
docker-compose up -d

docker-compose run --rm cli core install \
  --url=http://localhost \
  --title="test site" \
  --admin_user="admin" \
  --admin_password="admin" \
  --admin_email="" \

# to be able to update core we need write permissions
sudo mkdir -p wp/wp-content/uploads && sudo chmod -R 777 wp/wp-content/uploads
sudo mkdir -p wp/wp-content/upgrade && sudo chmod -R 777 wp/wp-content/upgrade

# install last version
docker-compose run --rm cli core update

# Only if you want to install specific version
docker-compose run --rm cli core update --version=5.4.2

Add woocommerce

# install woocommerce
docker-compose run --rm cli plugin install woocommerce --activate

# update woocommerce
docker-compose run --rm cli plugin update woocommerce

Install Storefront Theme

# install theme
docker-compose run --rm cli theme install storefront --activate

# update theme
docker-compose run --rm cli theme update storefront

Setup Woocommerce

Since last versions you can setup your store by using the GUI.

If you want to do it manually

# setup Woo
docker-compose run --rm cli post create --post_title='Home' \
    --post_type=page \
    --post_status=publish \
    | awk '{ print $NF }' | grep -Eo '[0-9]+' | read page_id

docker-compose run --rm cli option update page_on_front $(echo "$page_id")
docker-compose run --rm cli option update show_on_front page # or posts

docker-compose run --rm cli post create --post_title='Webshop' \
    --post_type=page \
    --post_status=publish \
    | awk '{ print $NF }' | grep -Eo '[0-9]+' | read webshop_id

docker-compose run --rm cli option update woocommerce_shop_page_id $(echo "$webshop_id")

Add some dummy data:

sudo chmod -R 777 wp/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/sample-data

Then follow this:

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A tale about polyfills

What is babel polyfill?

babel-polyfill is a lib that you can import into your code. By doing so it will emulate a full ES6 environment.

The following code will not run in any browser without the necessary fixes that babel-polyfill provides.

    var nodes = document.querySelectorAll('.my-wanted-elements');
    // here we have a NodeList, but we want an Array of elements.
    var els = Array.from(nodes);
    // els is an array

Ok, so can I use it in every script in my plugins?

NO, you shouldnt use it in that way.

In wordpress there is a polyfill provided by the wp-polyfill.

It is bad practice to include the babel-polyfill several times.

Let’s imagine the following scenario

We have Plugin A and Plugin B, both enqueue a JS file via wp_enqueue_script().

If we use Gulp or Webpack to build our assets we may be tented to inject the babel-polyfill in both scripts.


Ok, so what is the proposed solution?

WordPress official documentation states the following:

It is recommended to use the main wp-polyfill script handle which takes care of loading all the below mentioned polyfills.

It also says:

When using a JavaScript bundler like webpack, the scripts mentioned here can be excluded from the bundle and provided by WordPress in the form of script dependencies.



provides a webpack plugin to help extract WordPress dependencies from bundles. @wordpress/scripts

build script includes

the plugin by default.

So you can use a webpack setup and add the plugin mentioned above and it will remove the dependencies from wordpress.

This way you let WP inject the polyfills independently from your scripts. You will still need to add wp-polyfill as dependency.

Another solution can be to write in ES6 and use wp-polifyll as dependencies.

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A tip on wordpress add_rewrite_rule()

When you use add_rewrite_rule() function keep in mind the following:

  • Use it inside some hook, normally inside init hook.
  • It wont work unless you have custom permalinks activated.
  • Flush your permalinks

Show me some snippet

// register a custom parameter
add_filter( 'query_vars', function( $query_vars ) {
     $query_vars[] = 'myparamname';
     return $query_vars;
}, 30, 1 );

// do some action based on the custom param
add_action( 'template_include', function ($template) {

    if (get_query_var('myparamname') === 'someval') {
        return 'some other template';   
    return $template;
}, 10, 1 );

// apply the rule
add_action( 'init',  function() {

    add_rewrite_rule( 'patata', 'index.php?myparamname=someval', 'top' );

}, 1, 0 );