• Gutenberg Patterns: The Future of Page Building in WordPress

    While the block editor absolutely leveled-up the WordPress publishing experience, building beautiful web pages is still quite a challenge. It’s like we’re handing folks the International Space Station LEGO set — without any sort of help to build it. Sure, the cleverest master builders will likely figure it out, but what about everyone else — […]

  • 2019 Year in Review

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    Updated Feb 18, 2022
    2019 Year in Review

    As we cross into this next decade, I can’t help but to look back with excitement on this last year in particular. My career took a rather unexpected — yet incredible — turn. Most notably, I sold both CoBlocks and ThemeBeans, joined GoDaddy as a Product Manager of WordPress Experience, attended WordCamp Europe for the […]

  • A new look for the Login Designer website

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    Updated Feb 18, 2022
    A new look for the Login Designer website

    I never actually launched an “official” website for Login Designer, a plugin I built to help folks better customize their WordPress login pages. The plugin’s aging landing page clearly needed some attention. And now that Login Designer is my only active side project – I gave it just that.

  • A Look at WordPress Themes of the Future

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    Updated Mar 29, 2022
    A Look at WordPress Themes of the Future

    There’s been a lot of discussion around the future of WordPress themes lately due to the ongoing evolution of the block editor. Now that Gutenberg is expanding into other areas of a site (apart from post content), the definitive end of WordPress themes as we know them today is coming.

  • WordCamp Europe 2019 and the Bright Future of WordPress

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    Updated Feb 18, 2022
    WordCamp Europe 2019 and the Bright Future of WordPress

    WordCamp Europe was as just as incredible as everyone said it would be. The city of Berlin was welcoming and beautiful, the sessions were great, and there was a lot of tasty food. But best of all, the vibrant WordPress community we all know and love was there in full-force. 

  • CoBlocks 1.10: Easier Maps, Form Block Spam Protection, and more

    Things are going so great at GoDaddy and we’re charging ahead on both new features and upcoming blocks for CoBlocks. Our last release added three new gallery blocks from Block Gallery and a new Form block. And while this latest update does not add any WordPress blocks, it does add a whole slew of new […]

  • GoDaddy Acquires CoBlocks, ThemeBeans and Block Gallery

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    Updated Feb 18, 2022
    GoDaddy Acquires CoBlocks, ThemeBeans and Block Gallery

    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 […]

  • CoBlocks has a new logo

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    Updated Feb 18, 2022
    CoBlocks has a new logo

    A couple of weeks ago, I started pushing out a new, cleaner logo for CoBlocks. We ultimately needed a new logo that accurately portrayed the underlining theme behind our work, and that fit nicely within the context of the new Gutenberg WordPress block editor.

  • How to Conditionally Load JavaScript for Gutenberg Blocks

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    Updated Feb 18, 2022
    How to Conditionally Load JavaScript for Gutenberg Blocks

    WordPress 5.0 introduced a number of new block-related functions which super-charge developers with new tools to leverage the new Gutenberg WordPress block editor. Let’s take a look at one of those neat functions.

  • New Shape Divider, Features and Icon Blocks in CoBlocks 1.9

    Over the last three weeks, since the initial swing into a page building block system, we’ve pushed three major releases to CoBlocks: