The beginning of Spring was celebrated in the Latvian WordPress group with a women’s meetup. Katya Leurdo gave a presentation on “Gutenberg by a developer’s eyes – creating custom blocks”. This was the second meetup of a technical series that started in March 2021. The report shows the creation of three custom Gutenberg blocks, with code examples on GitHub. The materials of the meetup are available for download at the links below.

To sum up, the presentation included a look at the builder setup and the creation of three blocks: a test block, a single panel accordion and a block with nested blocks.

On 2 March, the Latvian WordPress group held the Profiling WordPress Sites meetup. The presentation covered the profiling of heavy WordPress sites. Our speaker (@kagg-design) analyzed the applicability of the Query Monitor plugin and profilers, including Blackfire. He gave real-world examples of site optimization, including optimization of the number of queries to the database as well as optimization of CPU time usage. The meetup materials are available for download from the links below.