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.
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. Read More
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.
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.
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.
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!
Do you like handwriting fonts? So do we. They are perfect for blogging themes, since they will give this laid-back style to your website. But that’s not all they are great for, no matter what type of site you are building, they can be used to lighten the mood on particular section such as graphics, banners etc. We have handpicked 20 free hand-writing fords perfect for WordPress websites, have a look!
When it comes to analyzing cryptocurrency data, it only makes sense that you need a website advanced enough to handle this complex information. Of course, the problem is the more complicated your website becomes the longer it takes to build, right?
Fortunately, Blockchain is now custom post types ready and is integrated with the website builder, Toolset. Blockchain is an incredibly powerful theme for building great WordPress sites and they are now even easier to make. That is because Toolset’s suite of plugins allows you to create these advanced websites quickly and without using any PHP.
A new era for WordPress is coming with Project Gutenberg and we thought it’s a good time for a retrospective, how we started, what are we doing now, and what are our plans for the future. Read on to find out!
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With Gutenberg getting close to being ready for a beta release and ultimately being merged into core WP, its API and patterns are at a level mature enough that theme authors (and theme shops!) can start planning ahead for the inevitable adoption of the new block system.
In this post we’ll see what the average theme author should have in mind when updating a theme for Gutenberg compatibility and ponder about the future in theme and plugin editing.