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

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.

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: