WordPress Changes

WordPress Changes

The WordPress core used to be a framework which worked in conjunction with a WordPress Theme. 

Today, we have the Gutenberg Block Editor as the default editor for WordPress. This change has brought into question that Themes are going to be outdated and won’t be needed because the Gutenberg Block Editor will allow a full front end customization. This presumes that WordPress users will want to customize their website.

There is no truth to this. It’s one of the strange elements in the world of technology the prediction of the end of something because there is a new feature introduced that makes something else supposedly obsolete.

Theme Developers Anticipated WordPress Changes

The front end design has already been implemented by Theme Developers who saw the the picture with WordPress. The user doesn’t want to be a developer, they would like to use the Theme and get on with operating their business or service.

The Theme Developer is someone who knows exactly how to code and produces a Theme which gives the user full control over putting the content onto the web page without having to know code.

The Gutenberg Editor is attempting to bypass the Theme Builders and create a fully functionng front end building system that doesn’t require a Theme. The problem with this idea; the owner of the website doesn’t want to develop the website, operate it and run a business or service all at the same time. 

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The Problem

This was the problem with WordPress in 2006 when I first starting using it for my website. It’s still the same problem today. Without the Page Builder feature built into the Divi Theme, I might not be using WordPress.

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The Solution

If WordPress continues to want to push out the Theme Developers then the Theme Developers will answer by using another core software for their Theme. They are that advanced and are not totally dependant on WordPress.

The Change Won’t Affect Theme Builders

The user-friendly interface of the Page Builders and the popular Premium WordPress Themes will not be discontinued no matter how much the Gutenberg Editor changes.

There are too many websites running on WordPress worldwide. The Gutenberg Editor isn’t going to eliminate the Developers of WordPress Themes. There is always the sensationalist who will speculate on the dire end of something. All it will do is improve the existing features to bypass the Gutenberg Editor.

WordPress does not have a design framework and this is what it is attempting to do with the Gutenberg Block Editor. Most of the Premium WordPress Themes have the design element already built in. A webpage is made up of a series of tables stacked on top of each other separated by dividers for each section.

The sections, rows, and modules have presets which just means you don’t need to adjust the width or height of a column. When you use the drag and drop modular system, you create sections, then add a row. Within the row, you choose a column layout, and then add the desired module. The module is where you enter the content and add a design if it’s not already preset.

Styling the content is one of the remarkable things about a WordPress Theme, and you can style the content yourself. This means you can style a website without the expense.

The New Gutenberg Editor

The New Gutenberg Editor

We’ve come a long way from the printing press named after Johannes Gutenberg. WordPress is the printing press of the Internet. The name WordPress means to press words, this is exactly what we’re doing when we press the keys and the type appears on the screen. Can you imagine how difficult it would be to create content onto a web page if we were still using the printing press?

The Gutenberg Editor as it is known was introduced into the WordPress core and is now the default editor. There was nothing wrong with the Classic Editor in fact there was everything right with it, but WordPress modified the editor to improve the Editor and the result is a block system known as Gutenberg Blocks.

The problem with the Gutenberg Editor is that you’re staring at a blank page and now you have to find the blocks to put onto the page. It is presumed you know exactly how to lay out the column structure onto the page and then find the right block and use it.

The Classic Editor

This is enabled because there are so many plugins that use the Classic Editor still that it is available to anyone who needs to install it as a separate Plugin. 

The Gutenberg Editor

This is what the Gutenberg Editor looks like when the Classic Editor plugin is disabled.

The Gutenberg Block system is modelled after the Page Builder which uses the drag and drop module method to assist you to put content onto the page. The choice of which editor to use is a personal preference.

The Divi Builder was recently integrated into Gutenberg Blocks and is available to when using the Gutenberg Editor or the Classic Editor. With the editor you create the content for Pages and Posts in the website. A Page has a different function from a Post. It is important to know the difference when Creating WordPress Pages and Posts. 

Control WordPress Dashboard

Control WordPress Dashboard

Control WordPress Dashboard

Congratulations! You’ve arrived in the WordPress Dashboard. Please look around the Dashboard, and you’re in control. Everyone starts out not knowing how something works. WordPress explains the functions well.

The WordPress Dashboard

The first thing you should do when arriving in the Dashboard is make sure you’re running an up-to-date version of WordPress.  

Update WordPress

If you update WordPress and your website collapses it usually means you’re running a Theme that is not compatible with the latest WordPress update. This is something you want to avoid.

The WordPress Theme

The Theme you’re going to use needs to be uploaded into the dashboard. You upload a .zip Theme file in the Appearance section.

 

You can use any WordPress Theme. This website is using the Divi Theme. A Theme is an essential part of a website and overlays WordPress. The Theme has a specific design and layout and comes readymade. You can build a WordPress website from scratch, but that’s what developers do.

The makers of a WordPress Theme built the theme readymade for use. There are so many choices when it comes to using a Theme that you might find yourself unable to choose one.

You need to know which theme you are going to use before you arrive in your Dashboard. Otherwise you’ll load any theme and then the problems will multiply. If you need help choosing a Theme read about the theme I’m using.

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The Details

Each one of these sections needs to be visited to enable the settings so the website operates the different functions.

All the settings are well explained. Go into each setting and look at the information page. It will make sense because WordPress is intuitive and not difficult to use.

As you go through the various links in the Dashboard you will get to know how the website is organized. This is why WordPress is used for so many websites.

NOTE: these settings are different from your Theme Settings. The Theme overlays the WordPress frame, it sits on top of it but does not disturb the core structure of WordPress.

WordPress Plugins

The functions you can add to enhance your website.

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Your Plugin Philosophy

The WordPress Plugin Repository has 44,000+ plugins.

Don’t rely on people to tell you about a plugin always do the research yourself so you know what the plugin does.

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Theme Specific Plugins

These plugins may not be in the WordPress Repository and can be purchased directly from the developer.

Using a plugin depends on what functions you want to add to the site.

Theme Settings

The area where you enable the functions of the theme you’re going to use.

After uploading the .zip file and activating the theme you will need to enable the Theme Options so the theme functions. As mentioned this website is using the Divi Theme. 

Managing your website from the Dashboard puts you in control. You just have to acquaint yourself with all the settings. It is not possible to go through all of the settings in this blog post.

This can be overwhelming. It took me some time to get to know how WordPress, Themes, and Plugins work. There is a learning curve to with websites. No one starts out by knowing how something works before they’ve used it. If you need help with your website contact me.

The People Behind WordPress

The People Behind WordPress

The People Behind WordPress

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Developers Designers & Users

are the people behind WordPress.

The people behind WordPress are too numerous to name. Since it’s debut in 2003 WordPress has gone on to be the software of choice because of its flexibility and strength at the base of the software.

Approximately 60 million Websites run on WordPress.

The Developer

The creator of the code that runs WordPress.

The Developer

A developer is a unique individual devoted to logic and challenge and knows HTML and PHP. PHP is an acronym for Hypertext Processor. This is a recurring acronym for all web pages. It’s a scripting language used in source software.

PHP files have text, hypertext markup language (HTML) and cascading style sheets (CSS) and JavaScript the programming language invented by Brendan Eich in 1995. All these “languages” are used by the developer to write the code.

The Designer

The creator of the WordPress Theme.

The Designer

The designer plans the form and the workings of something before it’s made or built. A WordPress Theme designer is working with the WordPress frame or shell. The language of computer software design includes HTML and CSS, using the code to produce aesthetic effects. The designer brings out a style that overlays the WordPress core software.

The designer is more than a visual artist. They have the challenge to present the visual structure of the framework of the website. Their vision has to reach into the architect of the layout of the website as well as into the user’s perspective.

The User

This is the all important person. You. Using the combination of the work of the developer and the designer.

Which is the best Theme?

There isn’t one. It’s what appeals to you when you look at the Theme. You’re the judge and the jury. 

At some point you are going to use the site and operate the Theme. You’ll need a foundational knowledge of how the Theme and WordPress works.

Results of using a Theme

  • A unique individual who knows how to use WordpPress
  • You’ll be using a Theme built for the user but you don’t have to be a designer or a developer to use the Theme.

Use the Theme for Users

Who don’t develop or design

Is there such a Theme? Yes.

It’s the Divi Theme…