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Creative Commons WordPress Plugin Final Phase

by Ahmad Bilal on Friday, 2019-08-23

This blog is part of the series: GSoC 2019: CC WordPress Plugin

For the context, I am working with my mentor Timid Robot on Creative Commons WordPress Plugin in GSoC 2019. It is basically an attribution tool, allowing users to attribute their content and include a CC license on their WordPress website.

GSoC is about to end, and I am excited that we have the plugin ready with all the possible attribution features. We had a stable version of the plugin up and running in the last phase. This allowed us to use it and look for possible improvements and increments. We managed to get a handful of suggestions and feedback from some users, which turned out quite applicable. First, let's take a quick look at the releases in this phase and their changelogs.



  • Bug fixes.
  • New license selection settings.
  • Old license chooser removed and plugin linked to the current chooser
  • Plugin settings page redesigned for better user experience.
  • New feature to add additional text after the license.
  • Gutenberg blocks for CC licenses redesigned.
  • Added customization settings for Gutenberg blocks for backend and front end.


  • Re-wrote license widget for the plugin. Added option to display the default license as a widget or in the footer.
  • Refactored and improved code quality.
  • Submitted plugin to for review.


  • All necessary Default/Site license settings added.
  • Plugin settings page design completed.
  • Rich-text components added to previously static Gutenberg blocks converted to allow attribution of any content.
  • Gutenberg blocks redesigned to include settings.
  • Security improvements.
  • i18n improvements.
  • Minor bug fixes and refinements.


The CC blocks are now editable with a bunch of options. We integrated rich-text in each block, which renders a rich content-editable input, providing users with the option to format the content. This makes sure that the requirements of describing the title, author and the source while using a CC licensed content can be met..

CC License Block

Re-designed Settings

The redesigned plugin settings are straightforward and have every required field. We have added widget as a display option, which is much better than previous footer implementation.

Plugin Settings

Selecting a license is simple and quick with a link to the chooser

Plugin Settings

What's next

  • Implement GitHub Actions or similar for automated deployment on release from GitHub to WordPress SVN directory.
  • Integrate WPGulp workflow and improve i18n.
  • Improve documentation with a visual walk-around of every feature.

Thank you for reading. For more, see the GitHub repository.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, let us know in the discussion on #cc-dev-wordpress Slack channel. Looking forward!

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