GDPR Compliance Is Here, Is Your WordPress Website Ready?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires the privacy and protection of personal data for European Union citizens interacting with your website. Failure to comply with the new regulation could result in severe fines to your business.

Organic Themes has been working to make our website GDPR compliant for European users. Additionally, we have compiled some information for other website owners that may be rushing to meet the GDPR compliance deadline. If your website is not ready yet, you’re not alone. Read More

Origin 2.0 – Where Great WordPress Themes Begin

Origin is our WordPress starter theme. It’s the framework we use to develop new WordPress themes. Additionally, it’s the perfect foundation for any web designer to begin developing a WordPress website. As a result, it’s our most consistently updated theme.

Origin WordPress Starter Theme

When a new feature is available for WordPress, the Origin Theme is the first to get it. As a theme partner of WordPress.com, Origin is continually updated to meet their rigorous code standards. There is no higher standard for a WordPress theme.

Origin strikes the perfect balance of design and functionality for a WordPress starter theme. The code is thoroughly commented. It uses simple and clear naming conventions. As a result, even novice web developers can easily customize the theme. All options are located within the WordPress customizer, making it a great foundation for extending the capabilities of the customizer. Additionally, third-party scripts are kept to a minimum in order to reduce the potential for conflicts. No code within the theme has been minimized or obfuscated.

In preparation for Gutenberg and the release of WordPress 5.0, Origin has undergone several significant updates. We have combed through every line of code, inspected every style, and made improvements anywhere there was an opportunity. Read More

The Block Theme – A New Theme Created Using Gutenberg Blocks

The new Block Theme features a clean, responsive design in a seamless block grid layout. Additionally, the demo content has been created entirely using WordPress Gutenberg blocks.

Block Theme

What Are Gutenberg Blocks?

In case you haven’t heard, Gutenberg is the name of the new content editor for WordPress. Currently, the editor is available as a plugin. Soon, it will be integrated into core.

Gutenberg Blocks

A paragraph block with options.

Using the Gutenberg editor, content is added in the form of “blocks”. The blocks are used to display a wide variety of content types such as text, quotes, images, video, audio, embeds, etc. Each block features it’s own set of options for changing font sizes, colors, alignment, and more. Additionally, blocks can be placed into columns and quickly arranged into your desired order. Essentially, Gutenberg evolves the WordPress content editor into a page builder.

With this significant change to WordPress on the horizon, we wanted to build a theme alongside the development of Gutenberg. So, we set out to create the Block Theme, and thoroughly tested Gutenberg blocks with the new theme.

Why Use Gutenberg Blocks?

As of now, blocks are optional. Additionally, they require the Gutenberg plugin to use. However, soon blocks will be the standard way of adding content within WordPress. So, it’s a good idea to begin familiarizing yourself with the new editor and the blocks that are currently available.

Additionally, blocks allow for more versatility in the display of content within a WordPress theme. They provide the opportunity to create unique layouts and designs from one post to the next. Using blocks will really make the content on your website pop!

Will the Block Theme work without Gutenberg?

Absolutely. Although the demo content was created using Gutenberg blocks, the Block Theme will work just as well using the classic WordPress editor.

Features Of The Block Theme

The integration of Gutenberg will simplify the development requirements for WordPress themes — and we love simplicity! Blocks reduce the need for several page templates, custom post types, post formats, and other relics of the old WordPress editor. So, we left that stuff out of the Block Theme. Only a few simple page templates are included, and there are no custom post types or post formats. The result is a beautiful theme that is ridiculously simple to setup and use.

Theme Options

As with all Organic Themes, options are located within the WordPress customizer. So, changes made to the theme can be viewed in real-time. The options include the ability to change colors, fonts, and basic settings. The Block Theme can be setup within moments of activation.

Plugin Compatibility

The theme is compatible with popular plugins such as WooCommerce, Jetpack, and Gravity Forms. In fact, the WooCommerce integration has been drastically improved with the release of the Block Theme. So, adding an online shop to is a piece of cake!

WooCommerce Shop

Add a shop to the Block Theme!

Customizer Widgets

Organic Customizer Widgets work beautifully within the Block Theme. This revolutionary plugin from Organic Themes transforms the WordPress customizer into a page builder using custom widgets. As a result, you can create dynamic pages displaying featured content slideshows, client testimonials, team members, featured subpages, and much more!

The Block Theme is a solid addition to our theme collection. Purchase the theme today for use on your website, or buy the All Themes Membership to receive this new theme along with all other Organic Themes.

A Custom Profile Block For Gutenberg

We have released our first custom block for Gutenberg within the WordPress plugin directory. The Organic Profile Block is among the first custom block plugins available for the new WordPress content editor.

Custom Block Plugin Gutenberg

Display Personal Profiles, Team Pages and More

The Organic Profile Block displays a personal profile image, along with a name, title, biography and social media links. We have outlined the process of building this plugin in detail on our How We Created A Custom Block For Gutenberg article.

The Profile Block is an excellent solution for adding author biographies to articles, displaying a page of team or staff members, or as a personal business card on your “About” page. The block adopts the fonts and styles of your active theme.

This custom block is designed to work with any theme, so long as the Gutenberg plugin is active. With the release of WordPress 5.0, the Gutenberg content editor will be integrated into WordPress core. Then, the Gutenberg plugin will no longer be required. In the meantime, users must have the Gutenberg plugin active to use the Profile Block

The profile block on the front-end within the Origin Theme.

Try the Organic Profile Block with Gutenberg! Install the plugin directly from your WordPress dashboard by searching for “Organic Profile Block” under Plugins > Add New. Otherwise, download the plugin from the WordPress plugin directory here.

Check back with Organic Themes for more custom blocks in the future!

Horizon – A Horizontally Scrolling WordPress Theme

Are you sick of all WordPress themes looking and behaving basically the same? Don’t you wish your theme was different? Well, the Horizon Theme is here to break the mold. This new theme scrolls horizontally rather than vertically — providing an exciting and unique user experience!

The Horizon Theme should be experienced to be fully appreciated. The theme utilizes CSS columns for displaying your website content in a horizontal layout. As a result, the content flows like reading a book — or a brochure. This makes the Horizon Theme an excellent website solution for advertising products, services, destinations or anything in a brochure inspired layout. Additionally, it’s an excellent theme for bloggers and authors that want to provide their readers with a lasting impression.

Horizon is fully responsive. On mobile devices, the layout switches back to a more traditional, vertically scrolling layout for convenience. The theme also includes page templates for a portfolio and testimonials page. Portfolio and testimonial posts are displayed on the page templates in a unique style, different from the blog post design.

In case you were wondering, the theme has been tested with Gutenberg. It is fully compatible with blocks and the upcoming WordPress editor. Additionally, the theme is compatible with our popular Organic Customizer Widgets plugin for building custom pages. However, pages using Organic Widgets will display in a traditional vertical layout.

Horizon strives to be different, and that’s a good thing. With a saturated market of WordPress themes that look vastly similar, it’s important to stand out from the crowd. Make your website stand out with Horizon!