How To Pick A WordPress Theme For 2019

WordPress is evolving software. As the platform changes, themes should evolve as well. Unfortunately, not all of them do. So, knowing how to pick a theme that works well with the latest version of WordPress can be a daunting task. Particularly, if you don’t know what to look for.

Building a WordPress website is easy — if you pick the right theme. However, choosing the wrong theme can be a frustrating experience. There is an ocean of WordPress themes available. Knowing how to pick the right theme requires educating yourself before diving in.

To aid in your search, we have compiled a list of guidelines to help you pick the right WordPress theme for 2019.

The Updated Gutenberg Portfolio Theme

The design for the Portfolio Theme is minimal, and boasts a unique layout — featuring an anchored, vertical navigation, and a flexible, responsive grid. The minimal design is perfect for allowing the viewer to focus on your portfolio images without being distracted by flashy typography and effects.

In addition to the Gutenberg optimization, we have made some other theme updates that existing users should be aware of.

Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Deal For WordPress Website Owners

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We’re offering an amazing Black Friday through Cyber Monday deal for WordPress website owners. The Site Boost Bundle is a one-time deal, and the only opportunity to save BIG on everything Organic Themes has to offer. Don’t miss this chance to save on all your WordPress website needs!

The Site Boost Bundle includes ALL Organic Themes, the new Builder Widgets Pro plugin, and our brand new Site Shield Speed service — all for only $59/month. That’s an annual savings of $618.

The Ultimate Guide To Optimizing Your WordPress Theme For Gutenberg

As the release of WordPress 5.0 grows near, there’s panic in the air regarding theme preparation. Fortunately, most of the panic is unnecessary. WordPress 5.0 will be backwards compatible, as all major WordPress releases have been. Meaning, the update “should” not break your WordPress theme. However, there are always exceptions.

Organic Themes has always developed products with “no added hormones”. We believe less is more, and focus on optimizing our products for WordPress specific features and functionality. As a result, Organic Themes are prepared for Gutenberg. However, there are additional steps that can be taken to optimize your WordPress theme for the new WordPress 5.0 content editor. We’ll get to that. But first, let’s make sure you understand what Gutenberg is, and why it’s a big deal. If you already know, skip ahead.

A Better WordPress Page Builder – Organic Builder Widgets Pro

Page builders have become the standard for creating WordPress websites. They provide a range of design options and flexibility typically unavailable within themes or WordPress itself. However, those options often come at a cost. Not only a monetary cost, but a significant cost of time and performance. As a result, Organic Themes was reluctant to jump into an already saturated market of WordPress page builders.

If we were going to enter the market, it needed to be done the Organic way — Meaning, a clean, simple, and intuitive approach to building pages using existing WordPress tools. That meant analyzing the perceived problems with other builders, and creating an easier alternative.

A Free WordPress Theme For Gutenberg

Increase WordPress Website Speed

5 Steps To Increase The Speed Of Your WordPress Site

Google has recently taken speed into consideration when ranking websites. So, it’s more important than ever for your WordPress site to be optimized for speedy load times. You have the need. The need for speed.

If your WordPress site uses a multipurpose theme, page builder, eCommerce solution, or other plugins — it’s probably loading a lot of scripts, styles, and images. Each file required by your website takes time to load. That’s valuable time. If it takes too long, you’ll lose visitors, business, and fall in search engine rankings.

Before we jump in, it’s important to understand why your site may be slow to load. The following are the biggest contributing factors to the speed of your website:

  • Image Size
  • Scripts and Styles
  • Caching
  • Hosting

Adventure 3.0 – A WordPress Theme For Travelers And Adventure Companies

Version 3 of the Adventure Theme has a ton of new features and improvements, and we’re excited to share the updates! Please keep in mind, if you’re upgrading from a previous version you will need to update your theme options.

Adventure Theme Update

Adventure is the perfect WordPress theme for travel blogs and adventure companies. The original design resonated with that culture. So, we held true to that design with this update. As they say, “If ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” While the design changes were subtle, the bigger improvements are under the hood.

Profile 3.0 – A Central Hub For Your Social Media

The Profile Theme has received a major update. We have reconstructed the theme from scratch. As a result, the design, code and options have been drastically improved. The theme is ready for Gutenberg and the future of WordPress.

The Profile Theme is perfect for individuals in need of a professional online presence. Whether you’re an event speaker, consultant, personal trainer, or work within any industry where YOU are the biggest commodity of your business — Profile is designed to meet your needs. It provides your clients with several ways to reach you and connect to your social networks.

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.

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.

The Block Theme – A New Theme Created Using Gutenberg Blocks

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!

How To Create A Custom Block For Gutenberg

Update: With the upcoming release of WordPress 5.0, we have recently updated the Organic Profile Block plugin and this tutorial for Gutenberg 4.2.0+ compatibility.

A rebirth of WordPress is underway. Like it or not, Gutenberg is coming, and it is going to change things. So, with all the buzz about Gutenberg, we decided to build our first custom block. In this post I’ll outline how the block was created, the resources used, and my feelings on the subject.

Let me preface this post by stating that I’m primarily a WordPress theme designer and developer. I’ve dabbled in a few plugins as well, but my JavaScript experience is limited to simple jQuery.

When I discovered that blocks were primarily developed in the ES5 and ESNext JavaScript languages, I was intimidated. Despite my ignorance of JavaScript and the lack of documentation on blocks, I managed to build a custom block. I learned a great deal in the process.

A Custom Block For Profiles

I found a handful of helpful resources for building custom blocks. However, the examples were extremely simple. I wanted to create something more practical. So, I settled on building a Profile Block for displaying a personal profile with social media links.

The Profile Block features an image, name, title, bio and social media links. It provided the opportunity to create a “RichText” block with custom controls and inspector options. Essentially, it utilizes every aspect of blocks.

The Profile Block plugin is available on Github and the WordPress plugin directory.

A Free WordPress Theme For Musicians, Bands and Entertainers

Christmas has come early for musicians in need of a website! Music Lite is a slimmed down version of our recently revamped Music Theme. It’s an excellent and free WordPress theme for musicians, bands and entertainers on a tight budget.

Organic Themes has long catered to the struggling artist. Our free WordPress themes like Portfolio Lite and Structure Lite are popular among artists and designers. However, Music Lite is our first free theme for that other struggling artist — the musician.

Music Lite Theme Features

The Music Lite theme has a sleek, dark and fully responsive design. It features a home page template, tour dates, blog and compatibility with popular music player plugins. Additionally, Music Lite is fully compatible with our Organic Customizer Widgets plugin. As a result, you can build dynamic pages to display a discography, fan testimonials, featured merchandise and more!

WordPress 4.9 Has Arrived – The Major Update Before Gutenberg

WordPress 4.9 is here! It’s the last major update before Gutenberg. The new content editor will be implemented into the platform with version 5.0 early next year. However, WordPress 4.9 is all about the Customizer. That makes us happy.

Organic Themes was an early adopter of the WordPress Customizer. We have been implementing theme options into the Customizer for several years. More recently, we released the Organic Customizer Widgets plugin that transforms the Customizer into a page builder using custom widgets. As a result, the latest WordPress update will only enhance any Organic Theme. The improvements to the Customizer include the following features:

Min – A Minimal WordPress Theme

At Organic Themes we strive to keep our themes simple. As a result, the setup is easy and pages load quickly. Additionally, we avoid flashy effects that cheapen the website experience. The Min Theme is a new minimal WordPress theme that adheres to this philosophy.

Gutenberg and The Customizer Are The Future Of WordPress

WordPress has become old, bloated and overwhelming. For nearly 15 years, the interface has remained roughly the same. That’s about to change, at some cost.

Not long ago, customers understood that WordPress was a DIY website solution. Some effort is required to educate yourself, build and manage a website. Companies like ours became more than WordPress product providers. We also became educators of the platform.

However, with newer solutions like Squarespace and Wix, users have become accustomed to intuitive interfaces and instant gratification when building a website. WordPress needs to evolve.

Music 2.0 – A Better WordPress Theme For Musicians