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WordPress’s new editor Gutenberg provides new flexibility and opportunities for creativity in itself, but there are now plugins available to help improve its performance even more.

The one area where Gutenberg can be frustrating is the columns block. The settings are limited and it can be difficult to get just right. Now there are a few plugins that provide the functionality that has been missing, such as:

  • Variable column widths
  • Padding and margin settings
  • Styling for individual columns.

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So you're excited about using WordPress’s new Gutenberg editor.

Gutenberg is a great tool that offers flexibility and easy creative options. But what happens to all the posts and pages you have already created on your WordPress sites? Will your content look the same after you enable Gutenberg? And how easy is it to take advantage of all the new features?

I'll answer those questions in this blog post.

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Since 2011, almost every year, the WordPress team have released a new theme.

However, the team didn't release a theme for 2018 because there were no major WordPress releases.

This year, we're back on track and there's a new default theme, called "Twenty Nineteen". This new theme is needed to take full advantage of this flexibility offered by Gutenberg.

Twenty Nineteen offers significant creative freedom. However, it’s almost a blank slate to begin with, and that can be a little daunting.

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Text and image blocks may be the most frequently used blocks in Gutenberg, but there are many others that come standard with WordPress new editor.

Previously you would have had to install a plugin or use HTML to get the same results. Let me show you some of the really cool and useful new features in Gutenberg.

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In a previous blog post, we explained that the new Gutenberg editor has moved many key text features into blocks. The same is true with images in Gutenberg.

In the old WordPress editor, you could click "Add media" and use many image and media features from that pop-up screen. That has all changed with Gutenberg.

In this tutorial, I'll walk you through the options for handling images in Gutenberg.


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Gutenberg comes with a variety of different standard blocks as part of the editor. Many of these standard blocks allow you to add text.

Your first experience with Gutenberg is probably going to involve text blocks. If you just start typing on a new page or post, you have created a "Paragraph" block.

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One of Gutenberg's most useful features is the ability to reuse blocks. You can turn any block into a reusable block, speeding up your workflow and helping to maintain your website’s look and feel.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to reuse WordPress Gutenberg blocks.

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Gutenberg is more than just blocks. It lets you layout a page using columns, thus providing greater flexibility with the look of your page. You can create columns and rows with a variety of different content in both.

As can be expected with such a new release there are some limitations, but it still represents a great step forward. In this tutorial, you will look at using columns in the WordPress Gutenberg editor.

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WordPress 5 is here with a brand new editor that changes the way posts and pages are created and edited. Here we provide an overview on how to use the new editor and what to do when upgrading existing sites.

The new Gutenberg editor uses a block-based system to provide flexibility with how content is displayed. This allows you to insert text, images, multimedia content, code, quote, buttons, and much more, with ease.

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So you have everything ready for launch and your site is sitting on your local computer. You're ready to move WordPress to the "real" server and start publishing.

Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how to export and import your data base, and get WordPress running on the new server.

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Did you know that every WordPress site can embed posts from every other WordPress site? WordPress sites are oEmbed providers.

Out-of-the-box, your embeddable posts will take on the look and feel of the WordPress core default template. In this blog post, you will learn how to make your embeddables consistent with the look and feel of your own template.

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WordPress themes makes it possible to give your users control of many aspects of their site's designs.

One of the most common design features in themes are featured images. Many bloggers love to use large, high-quality images for their posts.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to add featured image support in a custom WordPress theme.

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If you have a multilingual website, it's worth thinking about the SEO challenges you'll face.

Most website owners only need to optimize for one language. Simply adding another language doubles the amount of optimization work you need to do. Plus, you need to think about another version of Google, with different competitors and different challenges.

SEO concerns a real with multilingual websites. In this guide, based on advice from the "How to Build Multilingual WordPress Sites" class, we'll focus on key ways you can improve your site's SEO.

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Spam is more than an irritation. It can reduce your productivity. Sometimes the spam prevention can be as bad as the spam itself, making your visitors spot similar images, do maths sums or answer questions to prove that they are human.

This can put people off interacting with your website. Fortunately, WordPress has plugins that can handle spam transparently, without creating irritation to either you or your visitors. In this blog post, you will take a look at two of them.

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The new Gutenberg editor is due to arrive with WordPress 5.0 on November 27.

We're already starting to see new types of Gutenberg-specific plugin. These aren't old plugins that have a layer of Gutenberg comptability. These are new plugins that a block-first. They're built for the new Gutenberg era.

One of the most popular of these new plugins is Advanced Gutenberg from JoomUnited. This plugin provides over 20 new blocks. It's helpful to think of them in two categories:

  1. Better versions of the default Gutenberg blocks.
  2. Entirely new blocks not covered by the Gutenberg defaults.

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Elementor and Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) are two of the most popular and powerful plugins in WordPress:

  • Elementor is the leading page builder in WordPress, with over 1 million users.
  • Advanced Custom Fields turns WordPress into Drupal, with custom fields and content types. It also has over 1 million users!

This week, we have a video showing you how to use these two plugins together to create superb sites. Rod shows you how to create an IMDB-style movie review website using Elementor and ACF together.

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WordPress is the key technology tool for many companies. They use it for marketing, e-commerce, CRM and 1,001 other tasks. So, it's not surprising that a lot of WordPress users also rely on it for project management.

After all, if you allow customers to pay you on your WordPress site, or raise a support ticket there, why not also collaborate on projects using the same platform.

In this overview, we'll introduce you to 5 of the best WordPress project management plugins. All 5 have free versions available on WordPress.org. You can download them, test them, and see if they're a good fit for you and your projects.

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One of our members was creating a landing page in WordPress and needed to hide some elements of his theme. However, those elements couldn't be hidden from the theme or widget settings.

We recommended he use a quick solution that requires a little CSS.

In this post, I'm going to show you how to hide elements on certain pages of your WordPress site.

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Yes, WordPress is going to have a new editor called "Gutenberg".

Up until now, the Gutenberg developers made slow and steady progress. Every two weeks, they released a new version. Each Gutenberg update had more features, more polish, and fewers bugs.

But, we knew almost nothing about when Gutenberg would become WordPress.

Now we know. Last week, we got more Gutenberg news than we did in the rest of 2018 combined. We got timetables, roadmaps, and technical breakdowns. We even got tantilizing glimpses into Phases 2, 3 and 4 of the Gutenberg project.

I'm going to give you a short summary of everything Matt and the WordPress team announced.

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Many WordPress themes rely on "Excerpts" to show a short summary of your WordPress content.

You'll find an "Excerpts" box on all your WordPress Posts, but you won't find them on Pages. Excerpts on WordPress pages used to be a standard feature, then they were removed in WordPress 3.1.

Fortunately, if you need to use excerpts, it is easy to put the excerpt window back for "Pages". All you need is a single line of code.

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Does it matter how many words you write in each blog post?

Yes, for many people, it does.

Some writers set themselves a target number of words per day, as a good habit. Whether your target is 500, 1000, 2000 or even more words, a lot of writers love the discipline of hitting a daily target.

Some other writers are aiming for a specific word count simply for marketing purposes. It's generally thought that Google gives a higher rank to longer posts, so long as they're interesting. So many SEO experts recommend you write posts between 2000 and 2500 words.

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When you’re developing plugins, messing up is just part of the process.

There’s a lot of trial and error involved in developing plugins for WordPress. You don't need to beat yourself every time you make an error, but there are some really common mistakes you can avoid.

Read on to find out how to avoid eight of the most common mistakes you'll make when first creating plugins for WordPress.

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WPML is the most popular plugin for multi-lingual WordPress sites.

WPML is an acronym for "WordPress Multilingual" and the plugin is installed on nearly a million sites.

In this tutorial, you'll see 6 videos that introduce you to WPML and show you how to configure it correctly.

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My client has asked me to build a WordPress plugin for them. Help! How do I learn to build WordPress plugins?

That's a common question we get from people who join OSTraining for the first time. They want to know about the skills they will need, and what kind of classes they should take.

I'm going to show you the skills needed for WordPress plugin development. I'll also give you links to start learning those skills.

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One of our customers recently asked us how to set up a multilingual WordPress site to manually translate it. The Polylang plugin does just that.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Polylang plugin to create a multilingual WordPress site from scratch.

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You write great content and want to build up an audience of people who read your blog regularly. In this situation, there's no better way to keep your audience up-to-date than by email.

Here's how you automatically notify users whenever you write a new post. We're going to use the free features of the PublishPress plugin.

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wordpress themes videos
How do I get started with theme design?

That's a common question we get from people who join OSTraining for the first time. They want to know about the skills they will need, and what kind of classes they should take.

Here's an overview of everything you need to get started with WordPress theme design.

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Introducing BoldGrid, the WordPress Website Builder

The new Gutenberg editor is nearly here and the WordPress landscape is about to change in a big way.

Many plugins are themes are going to be impacted. In particular, people are curious how page-builder plugins such as Beaver Builder and Visual Composer will respond. The answer, looking at BoldGrid, another popular plugin in the same niche, is to do more. BoldGrid doesn't just build pages, it builds complete websites. It allows you to build an entire WordPress website without any code and in a ridiculously short amount of time. 

BoldGrid provides layouts, themes, an SEO plugin and more. It also has developer-friendly tools such as Staging plugin and a Backup plugin. All-in-all, it offers far more than BoldGrid will ever offer. It's a website builder, rather than a page builder.

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