ElmaStudio Releases Moog: A Free Block Theme for Blogs

Moog is one of the latest free block themes to be released on WordPress.org. It features a minimal and bold layout with a responsive, masonry style grid on the homepage. Moog is well suited to blogs or even small magazine websites, with options to radically change the style with the click of a button. Moog’s… Continue reading ElmaStudio Releases Moog: A Free Block Theme for Blogs

WordPress Theme Handbook Updates Chapter on Block Templating

WordPress contributors have updated the Theme Handbook to include a new chapter on block templating. The chapter covers how the WordPress block template system works, how to build custom templates and parts and include them in a theme. This is critical documentation designed to provide a learning path for those who are building their first… Continue reading WordPress Theme Handbook Updates Chapter on Block Templating

WP Data Dashboard Tracks WordPress.org Themes Ecosystem

Munich-based digital agency owner Hendrik Luehrsen has been tracking the usage of themes with the FSE tag (block themes) using a spreadsheet that pulls in data from the WordPress.org API. Wrangling the data in a spreadsheet became too cumbersome, so Luehrsen launched WP Data Dashboard over the weekend as a “centralized hub for exploring, analyzing,… Continue reading WP Data Dashboard Tracks WordPress.org Themes Ecosystem

How to Create a Mobile-Ready Responsive WordPress Menu

Do you want to create a mobile-ready responsive WordPress menu? More than half of all website traffic comes from mobile devices. If your navigation menu doesn’t work well on smartphone and tablets, then a big chunk of your audience may struggle to find their way around your site. In this guide, we will show you… Continue reading How to Create a Mobile-Ready Responsive WordPress Menu

Ollie Dash Plugin Now Available for Ollie Block Theme

The Ollie block theme, created by Mike McAlister and Patrick Posner, now has a companion plugin available called Ollie Dash. The theme made headlines earlier this month after a contentious WordPress.org review process led its authors to remove the innovative onboarding features. Ollie was approved for WordPress.org but without the time-saving onboarding features its authors… Continue reading Ollie Dash Plugin Now Available for Ollie Block Theme

WordPress Contributors Speed Up Twenty Twenty-Four Default Theme Performance by 40%

WordPress 6.4 will be shipping a new default theme, Twenty Twenty-Four (TT4), expected in early November. This theme is more feature-rich than previous default themes, and contributors have been working on identifying potential performance improvements that can be made ahead of the release. As a starting point, Google-sponsored Performance team contributor Felix Arntz conducted several… Continue reading WordPress Contributors Speed Up Twenty Twenty-Four Default Theme Performance by 40%

Ollie Theme Now Available on WordPress.org

The free Ollie block theme, created by Mike McAlister and Patrick Posner, is now available for download on WordPress.org. A contentious review process led the team to remove the onboarding features, despite having gotten the green light from WordPress’ leadership who advocated for moving forward with the experiment. The version of Ollie available on WordPress.org… Continue reading Ollie Theme Now Available on WordPress.org

Contentious Review Process Leads Ollie Theme to Remove Innovative Onboarding Features, Amid Stagnating Block Theme Adoption

Mike McAlister, creator of the free Ollie theme, will be dropping the innovative onboarding features from the theme in favor of putting them into a separate plugin after facing pushback during the review for inclusion in WordPress.org’s Themes Directory. During what McAlister described as an “unnecessarily contentious” review process that turned unproductive and combative at certain points,… Continue reading Contentious Review Process Leads Ollie Theme to Remove Innovative Onboarding Features, Amid Stagnating Block Theme Adoption

How to Display Different Sidebar for Each Post and Page in WordPress

Do you want to display different sidebars for certain posts and pages on your WordPress site? A lot of the time, you will want to show the same sidebar across your entire website or blog. However, sometimes you may need to show different sidebar content on some of your posts and pages. In this article,… Continue reading How to Display Different Sidebar for Each Post and Page in WordPress

Ollie Theme Faces Pushback from WordPress Theme Review Team

Mike McAlister, creator of the free Ollie theme, has been working towards getting his theme approved for hosting on WordPress.org. Ollie went into public beta in April 2023 and gained momentum over the next few months when McAlister previewed the theme’s new onboarding wizard. WordPress users have been slow to adopt the block editor and block themes… Continue reading Ollie Theme Faces Pushback from WordPress Theme Review Team