• The need for standardisation

    It’s almost adorable the way we accept in most of our theme processes in WordPress the lack of standardisation. However, it has to stop for business, productivity and sheer sensibility. Standardising doesn’t mean removing creativity; in fact, lack of it often does. Which means the need for it is even more urgent. What do I

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  • Let themes be themes

    Yesterday I was lucky enough to give a talk at the WordPress Cheltenham Meetup. The topic was something close to my heart, I got to share why the changes in themes matter, what they are and how hopeful I am for the future. I took some time to write up this talk transcript and you

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  • Theme resources

    I don’t know about you, but I find so many good resources around themes lately that I feel I am constantly juggling links and saving things in the best way. I wanted to solve that a bit as I prepared for a talk this week, so I created a GitHub repo and have begun filing

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  • Controlling styling support states

    Being able to control elements of your theme through the theme.json is super powerful; however, you can also turn on and off what is supported or not. There might be an instance where you don’t want custom palettes or link colors, for example. How do you do this? Well, you can through theme.json. These examples

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  • Patience and the art of design tools

    I want all the design tools now. There I said it! I want everything today on all the blocks right now. However, I know it’s a process and whilst that knowledge makes me feel and act like a grumpy toddler, the reality is today, some things have features, and others don’t. Anyone working right now

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  • Keeping up with block supports

    One of the trickier things I’ve found in my experiments is finding out what is supported or not in various blocks. I tried to solve that a little for myself by creating a very rough table going through the block.json file of each block. Block.json is an amazing file, it’s the recipe for the block,

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  • Fun with group block borders

    There are all sorts of useful tools appearing across blocks, and just one of those is the variety of borders you can do on several blocks, group blocks and pull quotes, for example. I wanted to take a little exploration today into what you can create using those. Adding borders to your theme.json If you

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  • People see content not terms

    Naming can get very complicated. Often labels are put on things, and heated views are delivered around what should or shouldn’t be called. When it comes down to it, what is essential is to observe how someone will use the experience, what they will think of and then name from there. Most of the naming

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  • Patterns empower

    One of the most frequent things someone says when creating something using WordPress is I ‘want it like this’. They look at a site and want something, but then they are stuck. The ‘how’ seems far, and the chasm across implementation is vast. Creating is just too complex, and often the end result is one

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  • Creating a page to display content from across multiple sites

    Over the years, I’ve had a range of pages that have contained my content from across several sites. It’s now even easier to create a page using the RSS block, and today I’m going to walk you through that. What we will cover today: Creating a page using the RSS block in the editor. Ways

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