As you are working on your site, there may come a time when you would like to edit one or more of your saved Gutenberg blocks. While the process is straightforward, finding the right spot in the WordPress Admin area may not be.
OPTION 1: Type the URL in your browser. Go to your site’s domain and then add: /wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=wp_block
I am currently evaluating various WordPress themes for some upcoming projects. These notes are being updated as I review theme descriptions.
What is right for one project may not be good for another.
Is the theme compatible with Gutenberg? Or — was it built for Gutenberg? Does it support all Gutenberg blocks?
Does it use Gutenberg core classes?
Is the theme developer committing to long-term support? Gutenberg has not yet been released. Are they committing to supporting the theme for a period of time following the release? Does the developer have a history of theme development or is this the first theme?
What plugins are required for the theme to work? Are there any references to page builder plugins? Does it require plugins by the developer?
Is demo content included? To what extent? Depending on the design and one’s technical skills, having demo content can be a way to start to learn.
If upgrading an existing site
If starting a site from scratch
What is missing from this list? Do you have a WordPress theme that you would like reviewed? Drop me a note!
If working with a WordPress theme that does not look or act the way one wants, it may be prudent to create a “child” theme. That way, if at any point the original theme developer releases a new version of the theme that includes bug fixes and / or new functionality, one can update the parent theme without overwriting customizations contained in the child theme.
Creating a child theme is not inherently hard. What can be a challenge is understanding how the parent theme is built so one is editing the proper files.
If ready to dive in and create a child theme, follow these steps:
Create a directory wp-content/themes to contain your theme
Create style.css file. Add information about the theme you are creating at the top of the file.
/* Theme Name: INSERT NAME OF YOUR THEME
URI: INSERT LINK TO YOUR THEME ON THE WEB
Author: INSERT YOUR or YOUR COMPANY'S NAME
Author URI: INSERT LINK TO YOUR ONLINE PORTFOLIO or WEBSITE
Description: INSERT A BRIEF DESCRIPTION ABOUT THE THEME
Version: INSERT VERSION NUMBER
Template: INSERT NAME OF PARENT THEME */
Create functions.php file and add the following code at the top of the file
On January 18th, I spoke at WordPress Meetup SWFL on adding forms to one’s website and how they can be used to assist with automating business process. While the talk focused on Gravity Forms, there are a number of quality form plugins available for WordPress. Take time to evaluate the requirements — and potential future requirements — for one’s project and select the plugin right for you.
Avoid using generic form fields: Where appropriate, use the specialized name, email address, and other relevant fields for capturing information
Conditional Routing and Responding: Asking site visitors to select a subject line allows you to create metrics on why you are being contacted, provide customized confirmation messages to the site visitor onscreen and / or via email, and to route the inquiry to the right person as quickly as possible
Depending on your business, your lead generation form may be simple or complex. If in doubt, test. Start with a simple form. Add a question. Do conversions change for the better? Don’t rely solely on how many people complete the form. Look at the quality of the lead being received.
Creating a Form to Add Products for Website Display
For this last example, a “products” custom post type was created and the demo theme modified to display selected products on the home page designated by a custom taxonomy. It is possible to include images beyond a main image and custom product attributes.