Rich Tabor

Multidisciplinary maker specializing in the intersection of product, design and engineering. Making WordPress.

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  • WordPress 6.3 is packed with new features and loads of enhancements to help you publish  faster with WordPress. Here’s my take on the most interesting parts of this release.

  • Something that’s been on my mind lately is the notion of working on what matters: placing one’s best effort, in the best direction, for the best return.

    In the realm of creativity and innovation, there exists a dichotomy between pursuing meaningful work and getting bogged down by the trivial. Those distractions masquerade as progress, creating an illusion of productivity where, in reality, the inconsequential bits detract from the potential of monumental impact.

    Focus on true progress—progress that emerges as a beacon of purpose—regulate distractions, and build something that matters, like WordPress.

  • I ran into this Twitter thread on “how WordPress is all wrong for your SMB site in 2023”. Well, here’s my counter. If you’re not using WordPress for your site in 2023, you’re probably doing it wrong. Here’s why WordPress is probably right for you.

  • I am stoked to announce that the Login Designer WordPress plugin has joined the WP Experts family. I can’t think of a better group of folks to continue driving the innovative front that is Login Designer. 

  • I’d like to finally share with you a project I’ve been working on to make writing in WordPress fun again.

    Introducing Iceberg.

    The WordPress block editor is making considerable strides towards better enabling folks to build beautiful websites. But as a consequence to adding more controls, settings, and even blocks, the experience of writing and publishing content within WordPress has taken a hit.

    That’s not to say I don’t love the direction WordPress is heading–I absolutely do. But rather that I feel there’s room for a tool to improve the writing experience within the block editor.

  • I’ve made a number of things as a WordPress “maker” — most notably ThemeBeans, CoBlocks, and Block Gallery. My mission and clear focus through building products has always been to deliver a phenomenal WordPress experience. It’s the foundation upon which my career is built. And while it’s been a fantastic experience so far, it almost feels like I’m just getting started — in such a good way.

  • As I mentioned in my 2018 Year in Review, Jeffrey Carandang and I have recently joined ranks, doubling down our efforts to making CoBlocks absolutely brilliant. And after months of very challenging work, we finally have something to show you. We think you’re going to like this. A lot. This is the Gutenberg page builder you’ve been waiting for. CoBlocks will make you rethink what WordPress is capable of.

  • It’s no secret that I’m a huge proponent of Gutenberg, the new block editor to be released next month in WordPress 5.0. Ever since WordCamp US last year, I’ve been deep into all things Gutenberg, wrapping my head around block development and working on supporting the new editor in all my themes.

  • Seven years ago, I started my excursion into the WordPress product space by building and selling WordPress themes at ThemeBeans.

    Since then, there have been many ups and downs, but through it all, I have learned countless valuable lessons, shaping who I’ve become as a person and an entrepreneur. Here are a few crucial lessons I’ve personally digested while running a successful WordPress product shop.

  • Over the years of working the WordPress Customizer, I’ve learned the ins-and-outs to leveraging the Customizer to build a truly brilliant customizing experience. Using those skills, I made Login Designer, a new WordPress custom login plugin designed to level-up your WordPress login page.