The Trouble with Widgets

Back in mid-August, WordPress switched to a Block interface for adding and updating widgets. The announcement was made on August 10th on the WordPress.com News blog, which has 87M followers, but it still came as a surprise for most. “Widget” is a fancy word for “doodad,” which is itself a fancy word for “small toolsContinue reading “The Trouble with Widgets”

What The Heck is going on with Themes?

Frankly speaking, there’s so much to cover here, let’s just dive in and see where it takes us. Please keep your Best Speculation monitors activated. The WordPress.com Great Premium Theme Cull of 2021 WordPress.com has retired all remaining Premium themes. This means they are not included in the Premium or Business upgrade plans and, indeed,Continue reading “What The Heck is going on with Themes?”

Fifteen Years-A Brief Retrospective

WordPress.com reminded me yesterday that 15 years ago, on September 10th, I signed up for my WordPress.com account and started a blog (not this one). It’s hard for me to grok that a decade and a half have whizzed by and that I’m still here, and trying to remember what this platform was like 15Continue reading “Fifteen Years-A Brief Retrospective”

News – An Update on the Classic Editor Plugin – WordPress.org

Welcome news on the WordPress Classic Editor end of life. “Before the release of WordPress 5.0 in 2018, the Classic Editor plugin was published to help ease the transition to the new block editor. At the time, we promised to support the plugin through 2021 and adjust if needed as the deadline got closer. AfterContinue reading “News – An Update on the Classic Editor Plugin – WordPress.org”

How to Use the WordPress Block Pattern Directory on WordPress.com

On July 20, 2021, with the release of WordPress 5.8, the new WordPress Block Pattern Directory went live. In case you haven’t yet heard about WordPress Block Patterns or the WordPress Block Pattern Directory, we’ll explain why this is exciting, how it helps you design your website, and just how easy it is to useContinue reading “How to Use the WordPress Block Pattern Directory on WordPress.com”

Virtual FieldTrip: A Conversation with Paul Jarvis

Content creators, small business owners, and makers have all had to shift our practices and orientation without much of a guide book in times of uncertainty. Why is it important for creators to define what enough is, step back, and most importantly, protect our digital footprints in the process? For a one-of-a-kind live virtual OwnContinue reading “Virtual FieldTrip: A Conversation with Paul Jarvis”