Transform The WordPress Customizer Into A Page Builder With The Free Organic Widgets Plugin!

The old WordPress admin experience is bloated, outdated and confusing to new users. As a result, WordPress has been placing a huge emphasis on the Customizer to improve the user experience. The Customizer provides users with an intuitive interface for making changes to their website in real-time. However, it still lacks the flexibility of many WordPress page builders. This is where the Organic Customizer Widgets plugin comes in.

Our new Organic Customizer Widgets plugin converts the core WordPress Customizer into a page builder. The plugin provides a collection of custom widgets that can be used as content sections on any page. Best of all, it’s FREE, and designed to work with ANY theme — including our free themes!

WordPress Page Builders Are Broken

We believe the current WordPress solutions of frameworks, builders and multipurpose themes are flawed. Most don’t utilize the core WordPress Customizer and native features of the platform. Instead, they are highly reliant on shortcodes, custom interfaces and bulky proprietary code that heavily impacts the performance of your website. The existing solutions often require an extensive learning curve. Additionally, they lock users into a system from which there is no easy escape if they want to migrate to another theme or solution.

Perhaps most importantly, the available solutions are a departure from WordPress core and the evolution of the platform. With the advancements of the WordPress Customizer, solutions that have departed from core WordPress functionality may eventually become obsolete.

The Customizer Is The Future

We believe that WordPress is the ultimate framework. It’s in our best interest to grow with the CMS, rather than away from it.

We created the Organic Customizer Widgets plugin to evolve with WordPress and the Customizer. The plugin transforms the Customizer into a free website builder. It uses a custom page template that registers new widget areas, and custom widgets that can be added as unique content sections on any page. Additionally, it’s available in the official WordPress plugin directory, so you can install it directly from your WordPress dashboard and receive automatic updates.

An example of the Organic Hero widget added to a page in the Customizer.

After installing and activating the plugin, you will be provided with a collection of custom widgets. The widgets can be used to display various content sections on any page. Currently, the following widgets are included with the plugin:

  • Hero – A full browser height section with featured text, background images and a call to action.
  • Blog – Display a section of blog posts from any category in a chosen layout.
  • Content Slideshow – A full width slideshow of featured posts with background images.
  • Feature List – A list of features with icons displayed in multiple column layouts.
  • Portfolio – A section of posts displayed as portfolio images in a masonry layout.
  • Subpage – Display any page content as a section within another page or use custom content.
  • Team – A section of team members from a selected post category.
  • Testimonials – A slideshow of testimonials from a selected category or custom post type.
  • Profile – A personal profile with an image, bio and social media links.
  • Pricing Table – A section of pricing tables with a featured list and link to purchase.
  • Featured Content – Custom content that can be grouped together with other featured content widgets.

Additionally, the plugin works with core WordPress widgets, including the new Image and Video widgets.

Fast, Easy and Free

Widgets are a core functionality of WordPress. Selecting, moving and manipulating widgets in the WordPress customizer is simple, fast and intuitive. Additionally, you see exactly what your website will look like as your changes display in real-time. Organic Customizer Widgets allow users to create highly dynamic pages and websites with ultimate ease!

While other WordPress page builder solutions may offer a huge degree of control over the design, we feel that is often a hindrance rather than a benefit. The concept of using a WordPress website builder is to SAVE time. Endless design options and control can be overwhelming, leaving users paralyzed. As a result, we designed each widget to be pixel perfect with simple customization options. So there is no need to fiddle endlessly with the design. Additionally, the widgets adopt the fonts and styles of any theme. The result allows you to create better looking pages faster!

To showcase the power of our new plugin, we have released the StartUp Theme! It’s designed to work flawlessly with the WordPress Customizer and Organic Customizer Widgets plugin.

In addition to the StartUp Theme, the plugin is compatible with virtually ANY theme in the WordPress directory. Of course, it would make us happy if you used an Organic Theme with the plugin, but it’s not a requirement.

Naturally, we hope to sell more themes that are highly compatible with the plugin. Additionally, we may sell additional custom widgets and style packs in the future. However, the core pack of widgets will always be maintained and freely available. We hope you’ll give the StartUp Theme and Organic Customizer Widgets a chance for your next website!

For further instructions on plugin usage, please refer to our tutorial.

If you would like to leave a positive review of the plugin here, it would be greatly appreciated!

Basic free support for the plugin is provided through the WordPress support forums. If you would like to receive faster support, please refer to our Priority Support.

We’re Just Getting Started

This is just the beginning, so please let us know in the comments if you have any questions or requests for additional customizer widgets.

The Free WordPress Portfolio Lite Theme

Calling all starving artists. We’ve got a free WordPress theme for you!

I know what it’s like to pinch pennies after graduating with a BFA. Beginning a career as a freelance artist isn’t easy — or cheap. In order to secure clients, your work really needs to stand out. However, sending potential clients a link to a Deviant Art gallery or Facebook Page doesn’t exactly give a professional impression. That’s why we created the WordPress Portfolio Lite theme. Now you can create that personal portfolio website you’ve been putting off — for free!

Portfolio Lite features a minimal and professional design with the central focus where it needs to be — on the artwork. The theme is responsive, so your artwork will display beautifully on any mobile device. It’s the perfect free website solution for artists, designers, photographers and creatives. If you’re looking for a little more flexibility, options and support, check out our Portfolio Theme.

Within the Portfolio Lite theme, portfolio pages and slideshow galleries can be created with ease. There is no need for any additional plugins or custom post types. Portfolios are simply created using categories, and endless slideshows can be created using the “Gallery Slideshow” page template. Here’s how it works:

Creating Portfolios

Categories display in a portfolio layout.

  1. Navigate to Posts > Add New.
  2. Enter a Post Title.
  3. Apply a Featured Image.
  4. Add Content or an Excerpt describing the work. (optional)
  5. Add or Apply a Category. (i.e. Design)
  6. Publish the post.
  7. Repeat steps 1 through 6 for each portfolio item.
  8. Navigate to Appearance > Menus.
  9. Create a menu and apply it to the Main Menu location, if you haven’t already done so.
  10. Add the Category to the Custom Menu.
  11. Click the Save Menu button.

When clicking the category within your menu, it will take you to a page with all posts of that category displayed in a 3-column portfolio layout.

Creating Slideshows

A page using the Gallery Slideshow page template will display the first WordPress image gallery as a slideshow.

  1. Navigate to Pages > Add New.
  2. Enter a Page Title.
  3. Under Page Attributes on the right, choose the Gallery Slideshow template.
  4. Click the Add Media button.
  5. Click the Create Gallery link on the left.
  6. Upload and/or select the images for your slideshow.
  7. Click the blue Create a new gallery button.
  8. Click the blue Insert gallery button.
  9. Publish the page.

Portfolio Lite is available through Organic Themes or within the WordPress theme directory. The theme has undergone the rigorous review process from the WordPress foundation in order to be accepted into the theme directory. So you can rest assured the code is solid and secure. Additionally, you will receive access to ongoing theme updates. Not bad for a free theme, eh?

There’s no catch. We just want to help feed the starving artists. I was one of them, and I know artists don’t catch many breaks when it comes to the cost of education, student loans and software. If you appreciate the theme, please take a moment to leave us a good theme review here in the WordPress directory.

Purpose 2.0 – Is Your Business Website Still Without Purpose?

The Purpose Theme has received its first major update since its release. We simply improved upon an already great theme. Take a look at the new demo and improvements below.

Enhanced Customizer Experience

The Purpose Theme already utilized the WordPress customizer for theme options. However, we have further extended the functionality by adding new options and partials. So featured sections can be selected and edited within the customizer simply by clicking on them in the preview window. In addition, we have added several more color options to the featured home page sections that update in real-time. Overall, we have improved the customizer experience for a fast and simple theme setup process.

Custom Header Video

Custom header videos were introduced with the release of WordPress 4.7. We have integrated this new functionality into the Purpose Theme. So now you can upload a video of your choosing, or simply paste a link to a YouTube video in order to display a full-width background video header. Do it all within the WordPress customizer to watch the changes take place in real-time!

Starter Content

WordPress 4.7 also introduced starter content as a much needed solution. When new users install a theme on a new WordPress installation for the first time, there has historically been a disconnect between what the users see in the theme demo, and what they see upon first activation. This has always been a disappointing aspect of the user experience that theme developers have tried to address through imperfect solutions such as importing demo content. Starter content is a big step in the right direction to improving this experience.

When activating Purpose on a fresh WordPress installation, enter the customizer to see your site pre-populated with a few example pages, custom menus, sample logo and header. All of the starter content can be used as a guide, and changed quickly and easily within the customizer.

Split Content Page Template

Purpose has a new Split Content page template. The featured image is fixed on the left of the browser window, and your scrolling content displays on the right.

It’s Better All-Around

In addition to the major integrations, we have significantly cleaned up the existing code base. Depreciated code has been removed. Scripts and styles have been updated. New fonts weights and icons have been added. The header has been reworked to use CSS flexbox for a more reliable positioning of the logo and menu. Overall, it’s a huge improvement for new and existing customers.

Give your website Purpose, once again.

Tasteful – A New WordPress Theme For Foodies

Our latest theme was designed with impeccable taste for foodies, chefs and anyone that appreciates the fine art of cooking. The Tasteful Theme was created with food on the brain, but it may have been a symptom of hunger. Because Tasteful is a flexible WordPress theme for any classy website.

Tasteful uses post formats for displaying articles in a variety of layouts. So the appearance of your blog changes dynamically with the use of different formats.

Post formats provide unique layout options for posts.

Theme options in the Tasteful Theme are managed within the WordPress customizer. So you can watch your customizations to the theme take place in real-time. The customizer is core supported by WordPress, and we believe it’s the future of theme management. There are no confusing custom options panels, and the theme is ready to start using immediately out-of-the-box.

Use the WordPress customizer to change theme options.

Tasteful is a responsive WordPress theme. It molds perfectly to any mobile device. In addition, the theme is optimized for high-resolution screens. So your food pictures will look delicious on high-resolution screens. The theme is also compatible with popular plugins. Jetpack, WooCommerce and Gravity Forms all work seamlessly with the theme.

Start sharing your recipes and food experiences with the Tasteful Theme!

The Portfolio Theme v6 — The Best WordPress Theme For Artists and Designers, Again!

The Portfolio Theme has received another overhaul. It’s the sixth major update to our popular theme for artists. We have re-designed and re-developed it from scratch. As a result, the Portfolio Theme is better than ever! It features a more dynamic and responsive layout, and an easier setup process!

As a designer and illustrator, I created the original version of the Portfolio Theme to be used as a personal portfolio for my design and illustration work. Our most popular themes have developed from the desire to fill a personal need, and the latest version of the Portfolio Theme is no different. My personal site was in need of a facelift. So the Portfolio Theme was once again re-built to suit the needs of my personal portfolio and blog.

The new Portfolio Theme is ridiculously easy to use. Portfolio pages are created using categories, and the theme includes page templates for displaying various slideshows. Slideshows are centered vertically and horizontally within the browser window. So your work is always the center of attention. In addition, the theme is compatible with the portfolio custom post type available with the Jetpack plugin. As a result, using Jetpack plugin provides an additional way of adding projects to your site.

As with all Organic Themes, options are managed within the native WordPress customizer. There are no bulky and confusing control panels. Just open the customizer to watch your changes take place in real-time!

Color options abound within the new Portfolio Theme! As with our recently updated Structure Theme, when changing the background color to a darker color — content automatically adjusts to a lighter color. So no matter what color you choose, your content will always be visible!

Content is always visible, even on dark background colors!

Overall, Version 6 of the Portfolio Theme is a simple, minimal and dynamic website solution for anyone in the creative industry. Give your talent the professional presentation it deserves with the latest version of the Portfolio Theme!

Note: This is a major theme update! If you are updating to Version 6 from Version 5 of the theme, the design of your site will be completely different. In addition, you may need to reset options within the WordPress customizer. If you unknowingly updated to this version, and need to revert back to the previous version, please contact us for assistance.

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