Google Fonts and GDPR

Just when you thought it was safe… Earlier this year, a German regional court fined a website operator for transferring a site visitor’s IP address to Google through the use of Google Fonts without the visitor’s explicit consent. Following the news of the above ruling, WordPress theme authors were urged to bundle theme fonts withContinue reading “Google Fonts and GDPR”

Let Them Eat Cake

In the not-too-distant past, the majority of themes on WordPress.com were ready-to-use Classic themes or Hybrid themes, with paint-by-number typography, multiple color palettes and and an overall “look and feel” created by a professional designer that we users could easily customize and fill with content. Today, if you venture beyond a theme’s static front pageContinue reading “Let Them Eat Cake”

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?”