Block-based themes for WordPress: Benefits, promise, and future?

WordPress is one of the most widely used content management systems on the market today. It powers 40% of the web. And WordPress, among other features, is much loved for its wide assortment of themes.

As of 2020, WordPress has 31,000+ themes available. (More than 10,000 of them are available for free!)

Recently “block-based themes” has become a common term. You can see it being casually thrown around in WordPress development circles.

Are you a developer who awkwardly gawks at others discussing block themes? Are you a business owner looking for advice about using…


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Block-based themes for WordPress: Benefits, promise, and future?

WordPress is one of the most widely used content management systems on the market today. It powers 40% of the web. And WordPress, among other features, is much loved for its wide assortment of themes.

As of 2020, WordPress has 31,000+ themes available. (More than 10,000 of them are available for free!)

Recently “block-based themes” has become a common term. You can see it being casually thrown around in WordPress development circles.

Are you a developer who awkwardly gawks at others discussing block themes? Are you a business owner looking for advice about using…


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A Free Business Block Theme for WordPress – WP Tavern

WPZOOM is coming in strong with its first block theme approved for the WordPress Themes Directory. UniBlock is a beautifully designed theme that is well-suited for businesses and freelancers. The company plans to adopt the concept of full-site editing in other WPZOOM themes as well, following the release of UniBlock.

UniBlock’s default look is sporting a darker color palette in the navigation and above the fold, with a lighter background for the rest of the website. The video on the sample homepage uses the free WPZOOM Video Popup Block plugin, which supports Vimeo and YouTube….


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WordPress 6.1 Is Jam-Packed With Performance Upgrades

WordPress 6.1, arriving November 2022, is jam-packed with performance improvements, signaling that this may be the update that many have been waiting for.

WordPress performance scores from the beginning of 2022 until the end of September have been relatively stable, going up a few percentage points in the spring then dropping in the summer, ending September roughly 3 percentage points higher than from the start of the year.

WordPress Core Web Vitals Performance in 2022

Most other platforms have enjoyed more substantial performance improvements month after month in 2022:

  • Wix up by 13…

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WordPress 6.1 Is Jam-Packed With Performance Upgrades

WordPress 6.1, arriving November 2022, is jam-packed with performance improvements, signaling that this may be the update that many have been waiting for.

WordPress performance scores from the beginning of 2022 until the end of September have been relatively stable, going up a few percentage points in the spring then dropping in the summer, ending September roughly 3 percentage points higher than from the start of the year.

WordPress Core Web Vitals Performance in 2022

Most other platforms have enjoyed more substantial performance improvements month after month in 2022:

  • Wix up by 13…

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Once Again It Is Time For My Annual Unsolicited Endorsement of WordPress

John Scalzi

And that is because it was around this time, fourteen(!) years ago now, that I switched over to the service to host Whatever. Previous to the switchover I had been beset by issues with the site, stemming from backend hiccups and rough patches that never quite resolved themselves. But once I switched over to WordPress, things have gone swimmingly; the number of times the site’s been down since 2008 can be counted on one hand, and even then it was quickly back up to…


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How To Create A Custom 404 Page In WordPress

When navigating a website, few things are more frustrating than landing on a screen with a 404 error, “Page Not Found.”

This issue could cause a user to click away from your website quickly.

To prevent this, you can ensure that your internal page links are correct and working.

But what happens if someone types in the wrong URL or the slug of one of the page links changes?

Unfortunately, it is inevitable for users to end up stumbling across a non-existent URL.

However, you can take steps to help people get back to the page they were looking for so they don’t bounce off of your…


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How To Create A Custom 404 Page In WordPress

When navigating a website, few things are more frustrating than landing on a screen with a 404 error, “Page Not Found.”

This issue could cause a user to click away from your website quickly.

To prevent this, you can ensure that your internal page links are correct and working.

But what happens if someone types in the wrong URL or the slug of one of the page links changes?

Unfortunately, it is inevitable for users to end up stumbling across a non-existent URL.

However, you can take steps to help people get back to the page they were looking for so they don’t bounce off of your…


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Hosted WooCommerce Solution Coming to WordPress.com in 2023, Following Recent Launches from GoDaddy and Bluehost – WP Tavern

WooSesh kicked off this week with a keynote session from WooCommerce CEO Paul Maiorana, who gave an overview of the current state of the ecosystem. More than 3.4 million websites use WooCommerce, according to Builtwith, including 25% of the top million online stores. It is by far the most popular solution among WordPress sites with e-commerce, capturing 93% of the market share.

Maiorana covered some industry-wide trends taking shape in 2023. WooCommerce merchants are uncertain about the economy and while some are optimistic, others do not see it improving soon. Although growth has…


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9 benefits of WordPress hosting

Websites are an essential component of any company’s or individual’s online presence. It is not only the most important marketing tool but also sets your business apart from others in its industry. It also helps to build trust with customers who may be researching you before they decide on doing something worthwhile like buying a product from you.

There are different types of web hosting (opens in new tab) out there, but what many business owners don’t know is that not all hosting is created equal. 


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