Gutenberg Blocks Design Library Offers Pre-Built Page Designs Using Existing Core Blocks

Gutenberg Blocks Design Library is a new plugin that provides pre-built page designs, including demo content, using only the default core blocks that come with WordPress. The free version comes with 50 different designs that users can import from the growing Gutenberg Blocks Design Library. These include simple designs for all kinds of page building Read more about Gutenberg Blocks Design Library Offers Pre-Built Page Designs Using Existing Core Blocks[…]

WordPress 5.1 to Introduce New White Screen Protection Feature, Beta 1 Now Available for Testing

WordPress 5.0.3 was released this week with more than a dozen fixes related to the block editor. The automatic background update has gone out and 23.2% of sites are currently running on 5.0+, with 47.2% hanging back at 4.9. Meanwhile, work on WordPress 5.1 charges forward and Beta 1 is now available. One of the projects Read more about WordPress 5.1 to Introduce New White Screen Protection Feature, Beta 1 Now Available for Testing[…]

Elementor Acquires Layers WP to Expand Compatible Theme Options for Users

Elementor has acquired Layers WP, a WordPress site builder that was previously marketed as an all-in-one theme solution for getting a business online. Layers co-founders David and Marc Perel identified Gutenberg as the main reason for the sale in their farewell announcement: With the arrival of Gutenberg we realized that a big change was required Read more about Elementor Acquires Layers WP to Expand Compatible Theme Options for Users[…]

State of the Word 2018: WordPress Embraces the Block Editor

photo credit: WP Tavern WordCamp US kicked off in Nashville over the weekend, following the release of WordPress 5.0. In the first 48 hours, 5.0 had been downloaded more than 2.8 million times. It passed 3 million Saturday night. “There’s been a lot that’s been going on, so I’d like to allow WordPress the chance Read more about State of the Word 2018: WordPress Embraces the Block Editor[…]

AMP Plugin for WordPress Version 1.0 Introduces Gutenberg-Integrated AMP Validation

Version 1.0 of the official AMP plugin for WordPress was released on the eve of WordCamp US, after two years in development by contributors from Automattic, XWP, and Google. This first stable version has a massive changelog with 30 people credited for their contributions. The plugin is now considered ready for production and is active Read more about AMP Plugin for WordPress Version 1.0 Introduces Gutenberg-Integrated AMP Validation[…]

SyntaxHighlighter Evolved Plugin Adds Gutenberg Support

WordPress 5.0 will ship with a code block in the new editor but it doesn’t include syntax highlighting. The code is currently wrapped in pre tags. During the earlier days of Gutenberg’s development, the HTML block had syntax highlighting but the team was not satisfied with its implementation and decided to pull it until they Read more about SyntaxHighlighter Evolved Plugin Adds Gutenberg Support[…]

New Block Lab Plugin Makes it Easy to Create Custom Gutenberg Blocks

Block Lab is a new tool that provides an admin interface and a templating system for creating custom Gutenberg blocks. Rob Stinson, Luke Carbis, and Rheinard Korf, all employees at XWP, kicked off the project in their own time with the goal of removing the relatively steep barrier to block creation. The plugin is now Read more about New Block Lab Plugin Makes it Easy to Create Custom Gutenberg Blocks[…]

WP Engine Acquires Array Themes

WP Engine has acquired Array Themes and Atomic Blocks from Mike McAlister for an undisclosed amount. McAlister has been developing WordPress themes since 2009. He initially sold his themes on ThemeForest. In 2011, he founded Array Themes. I reached out to McAlister to learn why he chose to be acquired, what excites him most about Read more about WP Engine Acquires Array Themes[…]

WordPress Theme and Plugin Shops are Pioneering the First Layout Blocks for Gutenberg

photo credit: Jeffrey Betts Many WordPress theme shops started out with themes as their only products but over the years have moved into selling plugins that enhance their core products. This came about partially because theming standards evolved to encourage developers to put non-presentational functionality into plugins. For many, the revenue from plugins quickly eclipsed Read more about WordPress Theme and Plugin Shops are Pioneering the First Layout Blocks for Gutenberg[…]

New commonWP Plugin Enables WordPress Sites to Use the Free jsDelivr CDN

Milan Dinić, a WordPress developer based in Serbia, has released his commonWP plugin that enables WordPress sites to use the free, public jsDelivr CDN. Last year jsDelivr was revamped to allow any file from GitHub and npm to be served by the CDN. WordPress’ mirror on GitHub made it possible for Dinić to create a Read more about New commonWP Plugin Enables WordPress Sites to Use the Free jsDelivr CDN[…]