Gutenberg Woes and Wows

The new editor is coming to everyone now and I’m hearing the complaints in other blogs.  In this post, we’ll look at why Gutenberg’s reviews are WOW and it’s ratings are ugh. Gutenberg has been getting poor ratings and I’m pretty sure I know why.   The reviews of Gutenberg are being written by early adopters.… Read More

Gutenberg AND the Classic Editor in WordPress: Changing Older Posts to Gutenberg Blocks

If you’ve fallen in love with Gutenberg, you may want to work on changing your old “classic” posts to the new “block” style. I know you are probably cringing at the idea of this. I know this may even be the one main issue stopping you from even trying Gutenberg.  I thought I was going to have… Read More

Lists, Custom HTML and Reusable blocks in the Gutenberg editor

Readers love lists.  In this post, we’ll cover how to create three different kinds of lists using the Gutenberg Editor: bullet lists (also known as “unordered lists;” numbered lists (also called “ordered lists”)  and “nested lists” —when you want a mix of numbers and bullets.  This requires custom HTML –which is often a pain to… Read More

First Steps in Gutenberg Blocks: Headings and Colors

Just getting started in the Gutenberg block editor for WordPress?  In this post,  I’ll cover headings and colors.  It’s all super simple.   I’ll show you in this easy walk-through. Using the Heading Block When you start typing, Gutenberg assumes you’re creating a paragaph block.  Click anywhere on that block and you’ll get a pop-up that… Read More

Gutenberg! The new Block Editor from WordPress

This is a really cool editor. It reminds me a bit of Divi, without tears and drama. It’s easy to use, intuitive, and oh-so-very-fancy. This editor changes everything.   Gutenberg breaks new ground for easy blog design. It’s not perfect.   I mean, what is?  For me, it’s just so SURPRISING. So much of what I’ve been… Read More

Setting up for Success in Experimenting with CSS

Once we get a handle on the basics of using CSS in combination with themes, we begin to consider how to get really fancy. I like using all kinds of visual formatting: blockquotes, sidebars,  just like a print magazine!   Can I do this?  Well, that depends. Still, before we get started on those kinds of… Read More

Understanding Pseudo Elements CSS in WordPress themes

Pseudo-elements enable us to style certain parts of text, such as the first letter in a paragraph, or the first line in a paragraph.  There’s a bit of a trick to borrowing code to achieve these effects within a WordPress theme; disappointingly, adding the drop-cap seems to pretty much require a plug-in solution. Disappointed sigh.… Read More

Styling Headings with CSS in WordPress Themes

In my last post, we looked at how to find a theme’s style.css sheet.   In this post, we’ll investigate how to manipulate the typographic elements with Additional CSS customization. We’ll focus on the header styles.  They’re a good basic element are easy to customize–if you know the ins and outs of WordPress theme coding.  This… Read More

Getting to Know Your Theme (Part 1): Using Safari to Find Your Theme’s Style Sheet

Our themes are build on style sheets–and you can find yours!  WordPress.com shows how here in this post in their support files.   But what next?  This post will take a look at theme’s style sheet to investigate how to work WITH your theme, rather than against it, in developing new style options Finding Your Theme’s… Read More

On Themes, CSS and Frameworks

Styling WordPress themes used to be a breeze. Ah, the Olden Days! No, not true: in the Olden Days, CSS standards were buggy as a beehive. And when we got the CSS code right, the blog pages would go berserk in different browsers. It was horrible. Then, CSS version 3 changed things for awhile. Now… Read More