A little update: Our own Gutenberg blocks, a new theme and more

Since the new WordPress editor was released last December, lots of new improvements happened in the “Gutenberg editor world” and we finally feel ready to give you a little update on what we’ve been working on over the past weeks.

Our themes are Gutenberg-ready

In the first step we prepared Gutenberg-ready updates for all our newer themes (here you can find an overview of our theme updates). In addition, we have decided to retire some of our oldest themes.

I will write a separate blog post regarding our older themes in a few days. For now Bugis, Nilmini, Piha, Nori, Pohutukawa and Kerikeri are no longer available for sale. We will make the themes available on Github soon. This way everyone can use the themes for free and further develop them if needed.

New projects we have been working on

The new Gutenberg editor is a pretty big step into the future for WordPress. Therefore we thought a lot about what is the best way for us to react to these new developments, especially in regard to WordPress themes and WordPress website design.

We asked ourselves what contribution we can make in order to help build modern, fast, durable and beautiful looking websites with WordPress and the new block concept. It became clear to us that we don’t want to lose the control of the layout options available to us and that we will need to create our own collection of Gutenberg blocks.

After a few months of work, the first version of our block plugin is almost ready. The plugin will be a free plugin, which we will publish here on our website and as soon as possible also on WordPress.org.

It is most important to us to create clean, easy to use blocks with all the options that we think are necessary in order to create modern and flexible designs in combination with our themes. I hope you’ll like our work, we can’t wait to share our Gutenberg blocks with you.

Will we also release a new theme?

In addition to the Gutenberg updates for all newer Elmastudio themes and the continuous development of Pukeko (our first Gutenberg-ready theme), we have also started working on a completely new theme. This new theme will be released together with our Gutenberg blocks.

We developed this new theme especially for the new Gutenberg editor and our Elmastudio blocks. The theme will be a freemium theme, so everyone can try and use the new theme in a free standard version.

Pukeko will also get a big theme update with WooCommerce support and support for our own Gutenberg blocks very soon. This new update will allow it to use the Pukeko business page templates without the need of the Elementor page builder plugin. Everything can be build only in the Gutenberg editor.

What is our time schedule?

After a bit of a coding and design marathon over the last weeks we are almost ready to share our new projects with you. The plan is to have all projects released before the WordCamp Europe starts on June 20. It will still take a while until our plugin and our new free theme will be available at WordPress.org, since the review process there can take several weeks or even months for themes. However, we will already make the plugin and theme available on the Elmastudio website for you to use.

We need your feedback

We hope this little update from us is helpful for you. I know that some of you have already waited for news from us. For everyone who is interested in becoming a beta tester for our new theme or our block plugin, please let me know in the comments section (I’ll get back to you next week with more information).

It would be amazing if some of you would like to help us by providing feedback and bug reports to further improve our new WordPress projects.

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19 comments on “A little update: Our own Gutenberg blocks, a new theme and more

  1. I would love to be a beta tester!

  2. Did someone say a new theme?! ๐Ÿคฉ Iโ€™d like to be a beta tester if youโ€™d pick me.

    • Hi Fimpli,
      yes ๐ŸŽ‰ I know it’s been a long time. We had to think about restructuring our theme work flow in order to build a smart system for the new Gutenberg editor.

      We can’t wait to hear your feedback and show you our upcoming new “Gutenberg-ready” projects.

      I will write an info email to all potential beta testers this Friday :)

  3. Kenjie Suarez

    With Themebeans and Arraythemes being bought acquired, it’s time to shop around for other quality, minimalist themes. Been eyeing elmastudio for years. It’s high time to buy.

    • Hi Kenjie,
      thank you so much for such a motivating comment, we loved to hear that ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Our goal is it to be a reliable independent source for quality WordPress products and reading your feedback reassured us that we’re on the right path. Thank you!

  4. Can’t wait new theme :)

  5. I would like to be a beta tester if you pick me !

  6. I am super-duper excited to use the new theme, can’t wait!

    • Hi Katherine, thank you so much for your positive feedback, this is sooo motivating for us ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Hi Ellen, I am interested in testing. :)

  8. Hey! Here another volunteer to beta-testing

    • Hi Joan, thank you for offering your help! We are super happy that you offer to test our new theme and Gutenberg blocks :)

  9. Hi Ellen,

    Why do you keep us waiting so long? Just kidding …. as I understand a lot of work goes into your themes and updates. Glad you’ve eliminated the Elementor which scuppered some of my website projects. Just could never get it to work and decided not to trouble you anymore. Happy to test if you ever need more user feedbacks. Also kindly post more guides to using Blocks when you’ve finalised all your new releases. Make it plain and simple to use and understand without any technical jargons. Thanks and looking forward to see your new work.

  10. Sounds very, very promising. I’m sure you do it in the best possible, “minimal invasive”, best WordPress practice way . I’m looking forward to test and use your new theme and blocks.

  11. I am here, if you need me!

    And pls, would you mind having a look at the Grids project by two close friends of mine? I think you have lots in common with them regarding ethics, quality of code and aesthetic tastes.

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