Gutenberg Editor – what I learned at WordCamp KL

I had a great time at WordCamp KL. I thought I would fill people in on what I learned about the Gutenberg Editor for WP.
Niels Lange from Automattic was on hand at #WordCampKL to talk about the Gutenberg Editor. He did an excellent job of presenting the new editing tool.
Before this event, I didn’t know that much about the Gutenberg Editor. I had read the blog post from Yoast. I also knew it was a sensitive topic at WordCamp Bali but had not really investigated the plugin.
From what I had read, I knew a lot of people feared the Gutenberg Editor. Many in the WP Community think it will replace page builders. I personally can’t see this occurring. I think page builders still provide a solid way to edit pages, The Gutenberg editor will not replace them but enhance the WP experience.

What I learned about the Gutenberg Editor

Overall the Guttenburg Editor will have blocks to edit content. This is a big improvement over what was available before in WordPress.
It will mean shortcodes are easier to use. It’s now easier to extend a visual approach to content editing in WordPress.
After seeing Neils do his presentation I was pleased and excited for the Guttenburg Editor. Our customers will enjoy using it and I think it will be great. It will help all of them to make better content and better posts.

Why the Gutenberg Editor won’t replace a page builder

Generally, the Gutenberg idea of blocks impacts a single post/page only. The tool will not cover the entire page layout. Tools like beaver Builder, Elementor and our favourite editor Divi always deal with a whole page layout. Footers, side columns, drag and drop tools with inner page column support are all part of modern page builders. Gutenberg can’t do this and needs significant development to be able to do this.

It may one day do it but for now, it won’t.

What we are doing at Divi Framework to prepare for the Guttenburg Editor in WordPress 5.0

We are making all our plugins WordPress compatible first and that means we will make blocks for all our plugins be compatible with the Gutenberg Editor for its official release in WordPress 5.
I also want to personally do testing around the rest API to provide feedback to the core developers of this new feature.
Overall I think the Gutenberg Editor will make plugins more valuable and page builders more valuable as well. Having blocks that are easier to use and moving away from a shortcode mentality will make extending and using WordPress and much better experience for everyone, especially the end user.

Black Friday Sale

Black Friday is the 24th of November 2017.

Because of the international clientele, we have at Divi Framework we have decided to do our Black Friday sale from the 23rd of November to the 25th of November.

To access the coupon share this page and get a HUGE 70% off Annual Membership at Divi Framework.

Please note that this coupon offer is no longer valid as Black Friday is over but we are leaving the blog post here to showcase the social locker.

 

New Product Video for Social Locker

We created a new video this week for the Social Locker Divi module to better describe this free product.

Check out the video and see if this could work for you.

We use it on our own site to encourage engagement and shares of our content.

The Year Ahead – What’s Coming in 2018?

We have had a great first year here at Divi Framework. Thank you to everyone who has bought something or supported us in any way. We have now reached over 1000+ websites, yay! We’ve also loved connecting with hundreds of other web developers in the community.

So what is our direction in the year ahead?

WordCamps

We love WordPress and the freedom that it brings to Website Developers all around the world. This year we attended and spoke at our first WordCamp in Auckland, New Zealand. It was a great experience and we met lots of other wonderful people in the WordPress community. We were so inspired that we have decided to attend as many WordCamps as we can in 2018. Well, at least four would be great, including one in the US and one in Europe.

This month we are attending WordCamp Kuala Lumpur and will speak on the topic ‘WebVR and New Technologies’. Woohoo! It’s going to be a great time and we can’t wait!

Membership Changes

As of November 2017, we are only offering one Annual Membership Plan. This replaces the Monthly and Lifetime Plans that we before offered.

We changed this for a few reasons:

Firstly, we want our members to experience the full range of benefits that using Divi and WordPress as a framework brings. The membership plan gives you the opportunity to do that. All our products are included in the one price, so you get to try them all under one subscription!

Secondly, we are developing new E-Learning areas for our members and wanted a simpler way to sell that.

Lastly, fewer choices make it easier for people to decide if they want to become a member. And well, why wouldn’t you?!

Please Note: Any of our existing members on different plans, including Lifetime, will not be affected by this change.

New Product Labels

We have also created new product labels to make it easier to understand what each product is. We hope this will help even more as we grow into new areas and plugin types.

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More Than Divi

Over the past year we have done heaps with Divi, but in 2018 we will be expanding our product offering even further.

Coming to all our main plugins in 2018 will be WordPress Support without a Builder and the use of Shortcodes only.

We will also be supporting Beaver Builder, Elementor and Visual Composer, as well as Divi, with various new add-ons. This will mean you can do more with our range of products and WordPress.

Lastly, A Full E-learning Platform

As we speak, we are busy working on our E-Learning platform. Our goal is to offer full e-learning courses with certifications to our members. Some courses will be free to anyone.

Overall 2018 is going to be a big year for Divi Framework and we look forward to being on the journey with you all!

Remembrance Day 2017

Today is Remembrance Day.

What are we remembering?

For those that don’t know this is a special day for many in Australia as well as many across Europe.

At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had been successful in the defeat of the German Army that was seeking to take over Europe. On this day they accepted allied terms that amounted to unconditional surrender.

So today, we remember them.

I personally had family involved in the war. My Great Grandfather would spend the rest of his days bound to a wheelchair as a result of the great war. He was trampled by horses as part of the English cavalry and was lucky to live out his days in England.

I today remember him, his friends and family that would have been so impacted by this day. As I remember them it is hard to comprehend the fullness of what occurred.

In the history of mankind its important for us not to forget those that came before us and paid a heavy price for what we have today. I’m thankful that we have our freedom which they fought so far hard for.

Today, we remember them.

 

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