The state of WooCommerce blocks in 2020

The block editor was made part of the WordPress core with the release of version 5.0 after being in development for more than 18 months. Since then it has improved greatly in usability, had tons of features added and gained some much needed popularity, theme and plugin developers strive to integrate block editor compatibility in their products to help WordPress users get the best experience possible in the new editor.

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The 7 best image gallery blocks for the WordPress Gutenberg Editor

Last time we took a look at the best custom block plugins for WordPress. This time we’ll take it a step further and explore the best custom gallery blocks, because image galleries are an integral part of most WordPress websites. Carefully selected images make your content more visually appealing to your readers, help you better showcase your work and products and of course they make everyone jealous of your last Sunday’s brunch. We won’t go as far as saying that images are essential for most sites, but they surely are beneficial if used properly. This is why there are thousands of gallery plugins in the WordPress plugin repository, most users need them. With the ever improving block editor and the increase in its popularity the available gallery block plugins are multiplying every day. Existing gallery plugins are making sure their products offer blocks for the new editor, and all the new block editor specific plugins strive to include some kind of gallery functionality.

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The best WordPress podcasting plugins

In this post we’re going to take a look at some of the best WordPress podcasting plugins available out there, but first let’s start from the basics, what is a podcast. A podcast is sort of a radio show for the digital age. Podcasts resemble traditional talk shows but are built on the premise of anytime, anywhere consumption. You do not need to be near a radio at a certain time to listen to a podcast episode, just download it, or even stream it to your preferred podcast-capable device, such as your phone, tablet, smartwatch etc, put on your earphones and hit play. This flexibility has made them extremely and allowed for rapid growth. There are currently more than 700.000 podcasts with more than 29 million episodes. Podcasts cover almost every niche out there, including comedy, fiction, politics, economics, philosophy, technology and almost everything else, of course WordPress podcasts are also available and are quite popular. The popularity of podcasts makes them a valuable content marketing tool since their consumers tend to be more loyal to the shows and are usually more affluent.

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WordPress Plugins: How many is too many? + Tips on finding a plugin.

A question that has come up time and time again, how many plugins are too many WordPress plugins? There’s pretty much a WordPress plugin to add whatever functionality you require, be it a premium plugin or a free one.

That’s the beauty of WordPress. Talented developers answering user needs and coming up with something exceptional.

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Best WordPress Gutenberg Editor Block Plugins

With each WordPress update the block editor gains new functionality and improved overall performance. Project Gutenberg, now in its second phase aims to further expand its reach by allowing themes to visually register content areas and exposing them to the new editor. This way the editor will escape the narrow scope of the content area and become a very serious contender to the already established page builder plugins. Plugin authors have noticed the improvement of the block editor and got to work, giving us plugins with new useful content blocks to aid our content creation. Today we’ll take a look at some of the more prominent ones and feature a block from each.
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WordPress page builders, do you really need them?

For many years WordPress has been, and still is, the number one platform for site building. Its quick setup and ease of use made it a market leader. However, recently, the rise of build-your-own-site services like Wix, Weebly and Squarespace exposed a weakness in WordPress, the lack of easy drag & drop manipulation of page layouts, this made it difficult for end users and non developers to customize the site’s appearance, its layout was entirely dependent on the active theme. Luckily for all WordPress users, plugin developers quickly stepped up and gave us the ubiquitous drag & drop page builders.

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How to optimize your WordPress website

Imagine you are done building your website, everything looks great and works as expected, but it feels a little slow, some optimization is in order.

It is pretty obvious why site performance is important, but let’s try to summarize it a bit. Site loading speeds affect all aspects of your site, increased loading speeds can negatively impact ranking, increase the bounce rate (that’s bad, it means that people stay less on your site), and decrease the conversion rate (less people do things you want them to do).

Now that we have your attention, let’s look at some potential weaknesses and try to improve upon them.

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Plugins and the WordPress design language

55,000 plugins. Fifty five thousand. That’s the number of plugins available in the official WordPress plugin repository. Isn’t that amazing? These days you can find a plugin for almost everything. SEO, social icons, music players, page builders, custom widgets, e-commerce, contact forms, custom fields, you name it. It’s in there.

What do they have in common?

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Top WordPress newsletters, podcasts & YouTube channels you should follow

The WordPress ecosystem and community are steadily growing, while this is good for anyone in the business, it makes it hard for anyone to keep up with current events and/or learn new stuff in time. Don’t fret, we have compiled a list of essential newsletters, podcasts and YouTube channels for you to follow in order to stay up-to-date. Let’s take a look!

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