June 26, 2023

5 Hidden WordPress Block Theme Hacks

Discover functionalities you didn’t know about with our WordPress Block Theme Hacks presented by Jamie Marsland. We’ll explore five unique hacks that can elevate your website design and functionality. These hacks are not just about aesthetics, they’re about making your website more user-friendly and efficient. So, if you’re ready to take your WordPress skills to the next level, let’s get started!

WordPress Block Themes Hacks

  1. Mix and Match Themes
    Did you know that you can blend elements from different themes to create a unique design? For instance, you can use the header from one theme and the footer from another. Just copy the group within the header or footer and paste it into the other theme. Customize the colors and spacing, and voila, you have a hybrid theme!
    Mix and Match Themes
  2. Create Custom Post Layouts with Ease
    Block themes make it a breeze to design custom post layouts. Using tools like the Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin, you can generate custom post types. Once in the site editor, these templates are readily available for customization. Transform your post layouts into visually stunning showcases in minutes.
    Create Custom Post Layouts with Ease
  3. Leverage the Block Pattern Library
    WordPress hosts a vast library of block patterns created by the community. These pre-designed layouts offer a wide range of options to enhance your site’s appearance. Simply select and import the desired pattern, and then customize it to suit your unique style.
    Leverage the Block Pattern Library
  4. Build Your Own Block Themes Without Coding
    WordPress has made it incredibly easy to create your own block themes without writing a single line of code. With the “Create Block Theme” plugin, you can export your designs as a fully functional themes. This export includes all your page templates, fonts, and design elements.
    Build Your Own Block Themes Without Coding
  5. Engage Readers with Time-to-Read Estimates
    A subtle yet impactful addition in the latest version of Gutenberg is the time-to-read block. This feature calculates the estimated reading time for your posts and displays it to your readers. Simply add it to your layout by using the “Time to read” block.
    Engage Readers with Time-to-Read Estimates

The Bigger Picture: Why These WordPress Block Theme Hacks Matter

Streamlined Website Design

Block themes simplify the website design process. With the ability to mix themes and create custom layouts, you can design a website that truly reflects your brand.

Improved User Experience

Features like the time-to-read block enhance the user experience on your website. By setting clear expectations for your readers, you can increase engagement and reader satisfaction.

Common Issues

  1. Mismatched Colors When Mixing Themes
    Use a color picker tool to ensure that you are using the exact color codes from each theme.
  2. Custom Post Layout Not Displaying Correctly
    Ensure that you have selected the correct template in the site editor and that all blocks are properly configured.
  3. Time-to-Read Block Not Showing
    Make sure you are using the latest version of Gutenberg, as this feature is available in the recent versions. Also, check if the block is properly added to your post layout.

Required Resources

Credit to Jamie Marsland
Join the WordPress journey with the expert guidance of Jamie Marsland, founder of Pootlepress. With a decade-long legacy of assisting individuals and businesses, Jamie shares practical WordPress knowledge derived from real-world experience. You'll find a wealth of WordPress tutorials, specialized advice for customizing WooCommerce with the Gutenberg Block Editor, and much more.
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