The “variation 1.0” launch of block patterns in WordPress 5.5 was total effective. It was simple to ignore the issues while waiting for this function to land after months of anticipation. Now that we have had a number of months of seeing the block pattern system baked into core WordPress, it is time to attend to problems that are ending up being more obvious.
As much as I like block patterns as a function, I can not state the very same for the interface and general experience. The pattern classification dropdown included Gutenberg 9.1 was a significant enhancement over the unlimited list of patterns. It did not go far enough in providing them in an easy to use method.
WordPress has long had a routine of sticking excessive into a small panel– numerous style authors never ever seemed like the customizer panel provided sufficient area. The very same appears to be the case for the block editor’s inserter panel. It is excellent enough for permitting end-users to decide on blocks. Patterns are much bigger than the smaller sized block icons. When users begin scrolling through lots of patterns at a time in the coming months and years, it will end up being an use problem.
Paal Joachim Romdahl is proposing an alternative. His concept is to include an “expander” icon/button that would permit users to see more patterns at the same time by means of an overlay. A minimum of this would hold true for bigger screen sizes, such as desktop users.
“Seeing a great deal of patterns in the little inserter panel does not work too well,” he composed in the GitHub ticket. “It gets tiring requiring to scroll one pattern at a time. Having a bigger view will assist the user to compare several patterns simultaneously.”