Web Design All Looks the Same Now

New research explains why. Much like midcentury modern has overtaken the American home, design homogeneity has descended upon the web. It comes in the form of particular typefaces, notably Georgia and Arial; the use of white and off-white as default background colors; and certain design elements, such as hamburger menus and flat design, that areContinue reading “Web Design All Looks the Same Now”

Not just Block Themes are coming in WordPress 5.9

WordPress 5.9 is set to launch on January 25, and many users will be in for a surprise. The upcoming release will be the most monumental shift in how the platform works since the introduction of the block-based content editor in 5.0. Block themes, global styles, and the site editor will kick-start a new future… WhatContinue reading “Not just Block Themes are coming in WordPress 5.9”

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?”

The Future of the Block Editor

WordCamp Europe 2021 took place this past week and this year’s event was head and shoulders above last year’s online event thanks to the Hublio app, which brought a real sense of “being there” without actually being there. A huge thank you to the organizers and sponsors for all their work bringing this event toContinue reading “The Future of the Block Editor”

So long 2020!

I don’t like end of the year posts, but I’ll make an exception for 2020, which by anyone’s standards was an exceptional year. And I think I can safely say, not always in a good way! The Ablockalypse This was the year I set up an editorial calendar and for the most part kept toContinue reading “So long 2020!”

Getting One’s Head Around The Full Block Editor

The biggest stumbling block (sorry!) to working with the Block Editor is thinking you need to do something extraordinary to write in it. Let’s get back to writing rather than worrying about the “blockade”. As the Block Editor prompt says, “Start writing”. KISS!* If you previously wrote in the MySite Visual Editor, give the followingContinue reading “Getting One’s Head Around The Full Block Editor”

Coursera-Build a Full Website using WordPress

A Review From now until the end of September, Coursera is offering a free, 2-hour “project” on building websites with WordPress. “WordPress,” as it turns out, is actually WordPress.com.* The course takes place in Coursera’s Rhyme app iframe, with your WordPress.com website appearing next to the instructor’s videos. That alone caused a major issue. AfterContinue reading “Coursera-Build a Full Website using WordPress”

Just Write

When you have an established website, changing themes can be an adventure because sometimes things go pear-shaped. When I switched last month from an older Premium theme to a free block-editor style theme, Hever, I combed my site from start to finish looking for issues and discovered that some earlier posts had formatting problems, evenContinue reading “Just Write”