This week: company blog, SearchWP plugin, the difference between static and headless, Flesch index, and much more.
Keith is a WordPress designer and developer based in the UK. He’s one half of Highrise Digital, who build custom, high-performance WordPress websites.
He is also co-host of the WP Café show where he chats about WordPress development with other professionals in the space.
Building WordPress themes in the Gutenberg era
WordPress theme development is changing rapidly. Gutenberg has left many in the industry worried about the future and feeling like they are falling behind.
That was me 12 months ago. Then, at Highrise Digital, we made a decision to build our next website on Gutenberg and we haven’t looked back since.
Sure, Gutenberg can be frustrating and awkward. The documentation is pretty poor and there are generally few resources out there to help. But, if you take the leap, you’ll quickly see the power of the new block editor and the ways that it can make your life as a theme developer easier.
Below, I’ve highlighted some of the resources that have really helped me in my journey so far. I hope that it encourages you to jump into the new Gutenberg world. It’s really not as scary as it seems.
Although over a year old, this blog post by Bill Erickson really helped me to get started with building Gutenberg themes. Bill creates custom themes for his clients and in this post he outlines his process and some useful Gutenberg features.
In this short post Rich does a great job of introducing FSE (Full Site Editing) and some of the new concepts it will bring.
He is particularly enthusiastic about the new theme.json file coming in WP 5.8. If you’ve ever wanted a single place to declare theme styles, settings and support, you don’t have long to wait. This is a game changer.
In Delicious Brain Waves Episode 6, Brad and Iain talk about the purchase process of the Advanced Custom Fields plugin. I highly recommend it if you are considering buying a plugin, but you don’t know how to go about it.