As WordPress continues to evolve, the way we write content is starting to change. If you’ve been living under a rock the last ~2 years, you likely have never heard about anything related to Gutenberg or the Block Editor. But here we are, at the end of 2019, one year after Gutenberg was merged into the core of WordPress and things are still moving along just fine.
In fact, many people are finally starting to embrace the Block Editor (what Gutenberg is called in core) and start building sites with it. It’s an exciting and stressful time for all those involved with WordPress, but I truly feel that we’re going to see some significant ways that this allows us to reshape how WordPress is used.
What is Gutenberg / Block Editor?
The new editing experience in WordPress is what Gutenberg, or Block editor, is called. It’s built entirely from the ground up for the purpose of building media rich pages and posts.
Each page/post is made up of blocks. You’re able to insert, rearrange, and even restyle content with very little technical knowledge. There are a number of core blocks (and more on the way) that allow us as content authors to build and layout our content in a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) way.
Many plugin developers have started to see the trend of the Block editor and have started creating block plugins that allow users to have a little more control with more blocks. One developer in particular impressed me as he’s doing something that others are not.
Ben over at KadenceWP is not just building a block plugin, he’s also building a pre-built library of blocks. This give you a huge leap forward in creating pages for your site. With a few clicks of the pre-built library, you can have a custom designed page all built using blocks.
Further, from a client/developer perspective, KadenceWP is taking it a few steps further in allowing you as a developer to put in brand style (colors, typography, etc) and then limit what your client can change. This. Is. Huge.
Imagine as a freelancer, finally being able to start using the block editor for client work! I first met Ben at WordCamp US this year and have been playing around with KadenceWP ever since! I even went out and bought a lifetime membership so I’d be able to check out all the updates he does year after year.
Some of the key features of the KadenceWP block plugin are:
- Twelve Custom Blocks
- Prebuilt Library
- Editor Width Controls (which makes client handoff easy!)
A full list of the blocks that come with KadenceWP are:
- Row Layout Block
- Prebuilt Library
- Info Box
- Advanced Gallery
- Advanced Buttons
- Icon List
- Space/ Divider
- Advanced Heading
Ben has graciously offered up a lifetime membership to the winner of today’s giveaway.
KadenceWP has more than just a blocks plugin though. They have a wildly popular Kadence WooCommerce Email Designer plugin. This plugin allows you to use the customizer within your WordPress site and design your WooCommerce emails template.
KadenceWP also has some WooCommerce related plugins that add a whole ton of functionality available to you for your WooCommerce store. Here’s a few things they add:
- Product Galleries – Enables a slider for your product gallery.
- Product Image Zoom – enable image zooming on hover.
- Cart Notices – Create custom cart messages that target specific cars based on which products are in the cart or the total price or weight of the items in cart.
- Variation Swatches – Extra options to allow you to choose different ways to show your product variations. Including color swatches, image swatches and radio boxes. These can be set on an attribute by attribute basis so you can choose the best look for each variation.
- Advanced Reviews – huge improvement over the default WooCommerce reviews. User can vote which reviews they found helpful (or least helpful), you can order reviews in a custom way and allow for more customizability.
- Size Charts – Easily create and add size charts to a product or a whole category of products. These size charts can be added to the product page as a tab or button that opens a modal with your size chart.
- Variation Price Control – Optionally change how your variable products output a price by choosing to show either the lowest or highest price in the variable product. You can also add text before or after the prices for example “ Base Price: $45″
- Category Extra Description – gives you an extra description area below the products on woo commerce category description pages. Can be helpful with SEO.
- Change Add to Cart Text – Let’s you easily change the button text to something custom or specific based on the product.
- Checkout Manager (wp-admin) – Easily customize your checkout forum and control which fields are added to the WooCommerce emails using this plugin.
- Product Brands – lets you assign brands to your products, choose where to show on archives and single product pages, choose what to show name or image. Plus you can add filter by brands widget to your site.
If you thought this was already quite a popular list of features that KadenceWP can offer you, they don’t stop there! They also do themes!
- Ascend WordPress Theme – Completely customizable header including a very stylish vertical menu and a stunning transparent header that changes as you scroll. Amazingly versatile, built for performance. Check out all the unique demos.
- Pinnacle WordPress Theme – Uniquely set up to display beautiful large images with a modern flat design. Content is displayed with subtle bubble style background with a slightly off white background adding contrast. This theme loves to show off images.
- Virtue WordPress Theme – Most popular theme comes packed with tons of options from header styles to clean layouts. This is a versatile theme that gives you powerful control over your site.
- Virtue Bold WordPress Child theme – accomplishes its own bold style. Its sharp layout features make for a clean look that is both elegant and unique.
KadenceWP is an awesome new WordPress theme/plugin company and I am glad I had the chance to speak with Ben at WordCamp US this year and get to know more about their business. We (iThemes) and KadenceWP are really aligned at who we are as companies and how we’re trying to help our customers out.
If you don’t win the giveaway, still check them out. Right now, they continue to have a unique membership plan that offers a lot of what WordPress companies used to offer back in the day.
Key membership details
- Support — Goes above and beyond when it comes to helping customers.
- 30 Day Risk Free Guarantee — If you aren’t satisfied with your purchase you can get a refund 30 days from purchase date.
- Use on Unlimited sites – No hassle pricing. One price. One plan. Use anywhere. Even Client Sites!
- Fast, Easy Setup – Using their importer, you can have a fast, beautiful looking site up and running in no time. Change the text and images, maybe minor color tweaks and you’re set.