Today we are celebrating 100 episodes of WordPress education, around 3 years of this podcast and of course, we are celebrating WordPress.
At the time of recording this WordPress 5.4 is around the corner. By the time this episode is live, WordPress 5.4 might already be released into the wild.
With 5.4 comes with a new block and a block change in the editor.
- The new social icon block will make it extremely easy to make social follow buttons and icons for your website.
- There will be a new buttons block which will allow for multiple buttons in one block with various of the buttons as well.
The latest post block is also getting a major update with additional styling controls and featured image display.
The block editor is also getting a tablet and mobile preview as page builders offer. That isn’t coming in version 5.4, but it’s in the works and it works nicely!
All of these things moves the block editor closer and closer to making alternative page builders less and less needed for easy design.
Here at Imagely, we are very excited about this. In fact, we are working on a brand new theme framework for our brands which will be recommending the use of the block editor, and even using it for page designs.
We will be recommending a third-party block page builder, called Kadence, and that will remain until the WordPress core editor has enough blocks and settings to warrant not recommending a third-party plugin. The good news is we’ve done excessive code reviews and testing, and it’s by far the best block editor page builder plugin available. Kadence is free (but there is a premium version too), so you can already install it on your site and start using it even before our new theme framework is released.
To further celebrate WordPress, Scott asked a question in his WordPress for Photographer's Facebook group.
What is your favorite part about WordPress?
Here is what a few of the 2100+ members had to say.
- Craig - It's free. 😂
- Angela - Flexibility
- Daryl - Ease of use!
- Linda - free and lots of options
- Derek - Lots of plugins
- Faatimah - Easy to use
- Neil - My favorite part is how easy it is to use for a complete
- Adrian - Is ease of use and flexibility and it's free and The infinite amount of plugins available to do pretty much what you want in a simple way
If you want to join our celebration and share what your favorite part of WordPress is, comment and let us know.
WordPress is already running 35% of the web. Meaning 35% of all websites are running WordPress and that is growing a lot every single year. There are constantly new website platforms that arise that come out of the word work. Some of which are for photographers specifically.
- Google Site
- Square Site
- Adobe Portfolio
- Pixieset Sites
There are many website platforms out there, and many of which still require WordPress for some of the capabilities of the website, some of which are built on WordPress, some of which mimic what WordPress can do or at least try to and really soon we will be able to relaunch Imagely Sites and we are so excited for that because that is going to be a game-changer for the photography industry and anybody who has ever said WordPress is difficult or too time-consuming to manage and maintain. We're solving that problem and we're making it very affordable.
We are very excited to see what you are doing with WordPress and we are very excited about WordPress in general and where it is headed.
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Welcome to episode 100 my name is Scott Wyden Kivowitz and today we are celebrating 100 episodes of WordPress education and around three years of this podcast. At the time of recording this WordPress 5.4 is around the corner. By the time this episode is live, WordPress 5.4 might already be here. It might be released into the wild with 5.4 comes to new core blocks. These are blocks that will be in every install of WordPress. The social icon block will make it so easy for you to share your social follow buttons and icon anywhere on your website. There were being new buttons block, which will allow you to have multiple buttons in one block with multiple configurations and variations for each button, but then there's the latest post block, which already exists in WordPress, but it's getting some improvement. It will have a little bit of additional styling end.
The ability to display featured images as well. The block editor is also getting a new tablet and mobile phone preview in the editor. This is something that other page builder plugins already offer and now it's coming to WordPress but this is likely not coming to WordPress 5.4 to probably be in WordPress 5.5 I don't know for sure that one is still sort of being created. Now all of these things move the block editor and WordPress closer and closer to making page builders less important, less needed for your web design. The block editor is getting more powerful. It's fast, it's easy and it's awesome. Now here at image that we are very excited about the block editor and the future of WordPress. In fact, we are working on a brand new theme framework for all of our brands and that we'll be recommending the use of the block editor and even using it for page designs.
We will be recommending a third party page builder plugin for the block editor. It's called cadence and this will remain until the WordPress core block editor has all the blocks and customization controls that the third party page builder plugin for the block editor has. Once the block editor is as robust, that doesn't warrant a third party block editor plugin. We will remove it, but until then we will be recommending cadence. Now the good news is that we have done extensive code review testing and we're using it in real world situations. Cadence is by far the best coated, the fastest and the most robust page builder plugin for the block editor. Now cadence is free and that's the one we will be recommending, but there is a premium version which we won't be supplying, but that's available to anybody who will want it, but because it's free, it means you can already install cadence on your site and get started using it even before our theme framework is complete and that's a beautiful thing.
Now to further celebrate WordPress, I asked in my WordPress for photographers Facebook group, I asked over 2100 people a question, what is your favorite part about WordPress? Here's what a few of those 2100 plus members had to say, Craig said it's free. Angela said flexibility. Darrell said, ease of use. Linda said free and lots of options. Derek said lots of plugins. Fatima said easy to use. Neil said, my favorite part is how easy it is to use for a complete website and Adrian said is the use and flexibility and it's free and the infamous and now amount of plugins available to do pretty much what you want in a simple way. So here at Imagely we are celebrating 100 episodes of this podcast. The podcast is not ending. We're still in the beginning. If there's something you would like to see hear from in the podcast, please just comment at imagely.com/podcast/ 100 I want to hear from you and if you have something you'd like to share about what you love about WordPress, you can also comment with that.
imagely.com/podcast/ 100 now we're press is already running 35% of the web. 35% of all websites are running WordPress and that is growing a lot every single year. There are constantly new website platforms that arise that come out of the word work. Some of which are for photographers specifically, some of which are not in the photo industry has a ton of competition right now. You have show it, you have good gallery, you have pixie set sites, you now have square sites. You even have Google sites connected to Google my business. Even Adobe has their own portfolio plan which is for websites. There are a ton of website platforms out there, many of which still require WordPress for some of the capabilities of the website, some of which are built on WordPress, some of which mimic what WordPress can do or at least try to and really soon, I don't know how soon, but really soon we will be able to relaunch Imagely site and I'm so excited for that because that is going to be a game changer for the photography industry and anybody who has ever said we're pressed is difficult or too time consuming to manage a knowing, to manage to maintain.
We're solving that problem and we're making it very affordable. So if you would like to find out exactly when MC sites relaunches go to imagely.com/sites and you can enter your email address to find out when there's a lot that we have going on at Imagely with this podcast and beyond and we are very excited for what we can do for you. We are very excited to see what you are doing with WordPress and we are very excited about where press in general and where it is headed. Now, please remember this podcast while this called the WordPress photography podcast. It is about more than just WordPress. It is about your online presence, your online marketing, it's even about your offline presence and your offline marketing. We're talking photography business, but we always try to connect it back to your photography website. So I just want to say thank you.
Thank you for sitting through listening, whatever you're doing, running, jogging, biking, whatever it is. However, wherever, whenever you're listening or watching this podcast, thank you for doing it. Thank you for subscribing. Wherever you subscribe and I have one thing to ask. Please leave a review of the podcast in addition to your requests in your comments on, on each episode or for future episodes of review will help other photographers like yourself find the podcast and we want to be able to educate and connect with as many photographers as possible. So please, if you listen on Apple podcasts, if you listen on Spotify or Pandora, Google play, wherever you listen, leave a review. We appreciate it. imagely.com/podcast/100 that is the URL for today's episode. You can comment, you can ask questions whenever you want. You can do it at that URL. I can't wait to see you in episode one Oh one I don't know what we're going to do in one Oh one but we'll see you there.