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  1. Abdullah

    Must explore this awesome theme +1

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  2. Abdullah

    Must explore this awesome theme +1

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  3. Knut Sparhell

    The theme is not very interesting, but the plugin is. It adds things like recent posts grid, no need to use (nested) shortcodes and the whole thing visually rendered, immediately, in the editor.

    Both the built-in blocks of WordPress/Gutenberg and the ones added by this plugin works fine in other themes, just add CSS to make them more beautiful.

    Bye, “Shortcodes Ultimate”, welcome a future “Blocks Ultimate”, this Atomic Blocks plugin and competitors of them. Bye complicated, incompatible page builders, welcome WordPress native content format and content blocks.

    Especially happy for end users who will be able to make complex posts/pages without codes, it be html or shortcodes.

    Thanks to McAlister for showing how easy and elegant it can be. This was an eye-opener for me.

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    • Mike McAlister

      Thanks for your thoughts, Knut! The theme doesn’t look like much on the surface, but that’s sort of the future of WordPress with Gutenberg! The theme simply needs to be a solid foundation that provides quality styles and supporting functions for the blocks. Blocks is where the magic happens, but we’ll always need a theme to provide that base support.

      Holler at me if you give the theme a try and have some feedback, happy to include that in future updates!

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  4. Daemon Harry

    Thanks for sharing this but i think the plugin really makes the theme cool

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  5. Felix

    This theme looks great! I’ll definitely tear the code apart and see what I can learn. Great Job Mike!

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  6. Yogi

    Hmmm..should give it a try in a few days!

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  7. Warren

    Looks awesome Mike, good work. Love the simplistic approach, nice and clean and tidy.

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  8. Marcus Hiles

    This looks really cool! Loving all the Gutenberg stuff thats been coming out!

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  9. Marcus Tibesar

    We are already running the theme and the associated plugin on our test site. Thank you Mike!

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  10. Caga

    This is an awesome theme, have used it for a while for testing purpose, Loved it.

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  11. Douglas Becker

    The theme does look good and the case for Gutenberg is compelling all the way up to speed testing the atomic blocks:

    1. testmysite.thinkwithgoogle.com 8 seconds to load the site using 3G, estimated loss of visitors, 28%;
    2. gtmetrix.com PageSpeed Score F(38%), YSlow Score D(63%), fully loaded time 3.4 seconds, Total Page Size 2.62MB, 78 requests;
    3. developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ Mobile Page Speed Average, Optimization Medium 64/100, Desktop Optimization Low 29/100.

    Pingdom was too busy this morning to test, but it usually doesn’t differ that much from the other tests.

    It should be noted that the demo is SSL, so that’s not an issue. Now I know that these demo sites are not often optimized in any significant way, but let’s face it, they all should be if they want to make a sale.

    I’ve experimented with over one hundred themes (many of them premium) and this is one of the worst ever even for a demo.

    If you really want to sell Gutenberg, I would submit that you really need to get those timings up to snuff or come the next version of WordPress there are going to be really agitated natives coming for you with pitchforks and torches.

    I’d really like to see this succeed, but it seems that there are those who want to snatch defeat from success.

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    • Mike McAlister

      Hey Douglas,

      Thanks for your thoughts. As you mentioned, themes are typically not optimized heavily out of the box. There are some things we can do on our end, but providing minimized assets, asynchronously loading assets, and caching are not optimizations that can be provided out of the box, and for good reason. These are optimizations reserved for each developer to choose how they to implement them on their own sites.

      There are countless articles that explain why chasing a PageSpeed score isn’t the best way to approach optimization. That said, we’re definitely committed to ongoing optimization and will continue to make improvements as we find them.

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