It’s a new year, and big changes are in store for WordPress and Organic Themes. All of our hard work in 2021 will come to fruition in 2022. The Organic Blocks update is the first step towards this new future.
Next, we will introduce our new block-based theme for the Full Site Editor early this year. Although the STAX theme is currently under development, the demo links below showcase each block within the new theme. As a result, it provides a preview of the upcoming STAX theme and beautiful examples of Organic Blocks in action.
In this article we provide an overview of the plugin updates, with demo links to examples for each block. So, let’s dive in!
9 New WordPress Blocks
Organic Blocks 2.0 introduces 9 new blocks. The plugin now contains 20 premium blocks for the Gutenberg editor. Each new block is described in detail below.
Great changes are on the way! Our blog has remained somewhat silent for several months. However, Organic Themes has been working diligently behind the scenes. The WordPress platform and themes are changing. And Organic Themes is evolving with those changes. A pivot is upon us.
First, let’s talk about the changes happening within WordPress. Then, we’ll get to the changes coming to Organic Themes.
Considering the variety of WordPress hosting options available, choosing the right one for your website isn’t always easy. This is especially true since managed hosting companies make bold – and sometimes outrageous – claims that make it difficult to differentiate marketing from the cold, hard facts.
There are many factors to consider when looking for the right WordPress hosting provider. In this article, we will go over 8 of the most important things you should consider when making your choice.
We’re excited to announce the release of 3 new WordPress blocks within the Organic Blocks Bundle plugin. The collection now contains 12 premium blocks for the WordPress Gutenberg editor.
We added the new WordPress blocks to replace some popular shortcodes from the retired Organic Shortcodes plugin. The new blocks are a major improvement over the old shortcodes. Additionally, each new block features several customization options. As a result, the blocks can be styled to match your website design and colors — directly within the Gutenberg editor.
The Toggle Block displays content within an expandable box that may be toggled open or closed. As a result, it’s an excellent tool for creating FAQ and documentation pages.
The Modal Block displays content within a dismissible pop-up container. Clicking the modal button or text link will reveal the pop-up content. Which then displays above the rest of your website content.
Pop-up modals are a great tool for displaying content that you would like hidden from the rest of the page content. For instance, a contact or newsletter form, or a list of downloadable files.
These new WordPress blocks are a useful addition to our growing Organic Blocks Bundle plugin. Additionally, 9 more premium blocks are available in the bundle. Get the plugin today, and spice up your WordPress pages!
2020 has been a rough year, to say the least. When it comes to businesses, the pandemic has been particularly difficult for restaurant owners. During this time, restaurants are transitioning to taking orders online out of necessity. As a result, Organic Themes has worked to make that transition smooth using the updated WordPress Restaurant Theme.
WooCommerce is the most popular and powerful eCommerce solution for WordPress. As partners of WooCommerce, Organic Themes understands how to develop themes to work perfectly with the platform. We applied that knowledge to Version 5 of the Restaurant Theme.
As partners of Automattic and WooCommerce, we’ve kept a watchful eye on Gutenberg since its inception. We have witnessed new blocks introduced into WordPress, Jetpack, and WooCommerce over the past year. Since Gutenberg is rapidly evolving software, it was important that we didn’t duplicate any of those existing blocks within our collection.
So, we created a suite of blocks designed to compliment the existing blocks in the Automattic arsenal. The result is the Organic Blocks Bundle. A useful collection of 9 purposeful blocks.
Organic Themes is very excited to announce a partnership with WooCommerce — the most popular eCommerce solution for WordPress.
As the company grows their theme offerings, we are thrilled to be a part of the expansion. As a result, Organic Themes has released 2 new themes on the WooCommerce website — Threads and Artisan.
The Threads and Artisan themes have undergone extensive reviews to guarantee that they are optimized for both WooCommerce AND Gutenberg. As a result, they are among the first officially Automattic approved WooCommerce and Gutenberg themes available. Meaning, the themes are developed to a standard worthy of the makers of WordPress itself.
It’s a BIG deal.
Organic Themes has long been partnered with WordPress.com. Our new partnership with WooCommerce now ensures that our products are developed at the highest standards of WordPress and WooCommerce. As a result, the knowledge we have gained from working with these companies is incorporated into all of our products.
I don’t want to toot our own horn too much, but it’s an important message to our existing customers and all consumers of WordPress products:
Organic Themes provides some of the highest quality themes available for WordPress and WooCommerce. Period.
Now, let’s get to the themes!
The Artisan Theme is designed for makers of DIY goods. Whether you’re sculpting beautiful pottery or creating custom skateboard decks — the Artisan Theme is designed to turn that passion into a profession.
The Threads Theme is designed for selling t-shirts and apparel online. The shop features a unique full-screen layout, in which products are displayed in a uniform grid. It’s an excellent website solution for launching your clothing brand online!
During these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to establish an alternative means of income. Our hope is that these new WooCommerce themes will assist your efforts to sell goods online, and pocket some cash doing what you love.
Moving forward, Organic Themes is excited to work with WooCommerce, and release more themes in the future.
In early 2010, Jeff and I launched Organic Themes from his apartment in Napili, on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Over the past 10 years, we overcame several personal and professional challenges. Today, our friendship and business partnership is stronger than ever. If you’re interested in our journey, read the full story here:
Organic Themes is a very small company of friends and family. Fortunately, we’re able to work from home and monitor each others health closely during this pandemic.
Additionally, we will be taking every precaution possible. We believe it’s better to be overly cautious under the circumstances. As a result, our team will be refraining from any WordPress meetups, conferences, or social gatherings. All meetings will take place online via Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts.
We want our loyal customers to know that we’re here, we’re healthy, and we continue to provide our products, services, and support during these trying times.
In recent days we’ve seen an increase in activity on our site. People working from home are motivated to put their long held ideas into action. This is inspiring at a time like this, and we want you to know we are here to support you!
The following section includes a few helpful resources regarding the coronavirus.
COVID-19 Tracking Map
The following site from the John Hopkins University is an excellent resource for tracking the global expansion of the coronavirus:
We’re avid fans of Sam Harris. He is a rational, logical, and moral voice in the best of times. His podcasts with experts on the coronavirus are insightful and informative. The first podcast is somewhat alarming, as it should be. The second is more hopeful. We recommend both:
Additionally, experts have advised that keeping the growth curve down is vital to getting through this pandemic. This article illustrates real simulations on how to keep the curve down.
In short, extensive social distancing is key. It’s recommended to “shelter in place” if at all possible. Organic Themes is adhering to these practices.
Stay Safe And Healthy
The owners and employees of Organic Themes heed the advice of health and science experts. We take our health, and the health of others seriously at all times, and particularly under these circumstances.
Should you choose to start a WordPress website with your newfound spare time, we would love to help! Please reach out to us with any questions.
More importantly, we want our friends, family, colleagues, and customers to stay safe and healthy during this time. Thank you for your continued trust in Organic Themes, and we wish you all good health.
After upgrading from WordPress version 4 to version 5, previously created content is contained within the WordPress “Classic” block. Converting that content into individual blocks requires editing each page and/or post separately. If you have several posts and pages in need of conversion, it’s a long and tedious process.
The Bulk Block Converter plugin vastly improves the process of converting old content to blocks. The plugin scans all of your WordPress content for posts and pages that contain the “Classic” block. Then, it returns a list of all content available for conversion. Choose to convert content individually, or bulk convert all posts and pages to WordPress blocks.
Forums are perhaps the earliest evolution of online communities. However, their relevance has stood the test of time. An online forum is great way to provide support or build a community on your WordPress website.
bbPress is a free forum plugin for WordPress. It’s maintained and supported by the WordPress Foundation. As a result, it’s the easiest and most affordable solution for adding forums to a WordPress website.
We have used the plugin to power the support forums on Organic Themes for several years. It’s an excellent plugin! However, getting the forums to appear exactly how you want may require some work.
In this article, I’ll help you integrate bbPress seamlessly into virtually any WordPress theme. Additionally, for the code inept, we have provided an easy method for adding bbPress forums as well.
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We’re excited to announce the release of Builder Widgets Pro 2.0! We have vastly improved the premium version of the Builder Widgets plugin. The update includes 8 new widgets, additional options, and better performance.
Before I dig into the details, I’ll share a brief history of the plugin. If you’re already familiar with the plugin, skip ahead to the new features in 2.0.
The Photographer Theme has always been a popular choice among professional photographers planning to create a WordPress portfolio website. So, we were careful to make sure it didn’t lose its original appeal with a major theme update. Instead, we implemented several improvements suggested by our customers.
Scouring the web, we were unable to find many WordPress block design assets. So, we created our own. Organic Themes is proud to provide these assets to help aid the block design process.
Creating a custom block for the WordPress 5 editor is easier with a good design mockup. Working through the design process will refine the user experience of your block. It will help you think about it in practical, step-by-step terms. Additionally, a design mockup will save a LOT of communication and guesswork for your WordPress block developer.
The design files are provided in the PSD and PDF formats for maximum compatibility. Now, let’s explain their contents.
Builder Widgets are awesome! They’re extremely useful for creating dynamic content sections on any page, such as featured content slideshows, testimonial sliders, pricing tables, portfolios, and more.
The plugin is perfect for building custom home page designs, one-pagers, or adding extra pizazz to any page on your website. Best of all, it’s a lightweight page builder solution that utilizes the existing power of WordPress. There are no bulky proprietary interfaces. There is no departure from the WordPress experience. Suffice it to say, it’s an “organic” page building solution.
Organic Themes has been volunteering WordPress expertise to non-profit organizations for years. The latest NonProfit Theme update is the culmination of that experience. It’s the most versatile and powerful WordPress theme available for non-profit organizations.
The Widget Area Block from Organic Themes registers a new widget area within any page or post. So, now your favorite widgets can be added along side blocks within the Gutenberg editor. Best of all, it’s totally free!
There are thousands of useful widgets within the WordPress plugin directory. Widgets serve a wide variety of purposes. However, they are usually restricted to sidebars and footers, and cannot be added within the page and post editor — until now!
Using the new block, you can register multiple widget areas on any page or post within the WordPress 5 block editor. This is particularly powerful when used along side our Builder Widgets plugin.
The founders of Organic Themes have a long history with video games. So, it’s about time we released a WordPress theme for the gaming community. The Gamer Theme is designed to appeal to gamers and game developers alike.
In high school, Jeff and I played Warcraft II over a 56k modem, and GoldenEye: 007 on a Nintendo 64 among friends (Proximity mines only, of course).
In college, our roommates and us had many intense gaming nights gathered around the GameCube playing Mario Kart.
We even built our theme business in-between Starcraft II breaks.
These days, we play the indie strategy game Northgard long-distance to end the work week.
Gaming is an important part of our work and lives. At its best, gaming inspires healthy competition, team work, creativity, curiosity, and strategic thinking. Additionally, it keeps our long standing friendship from being fully consumed by operating a business together.
We launched another free theme within the WordPress.org theme directory. The Profile Lite theme is designed a to be professional representation of yourself online. It features a modern and responsive design, social media options, and works seamlessly with the WordPress 5 Gutenberg content editor.
Additionally, Profile Lite is designed to work with Organic Builder Widgets for creating dynamic pages. As a result, you can display client testimonials, slideshows, products, and more using our popular builder plugin.
Getting started with the Profile Lite theme is fast and easy. All options are located within the WordPress Customizer. So, you can view your changes in real-time.