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  1. Stephen Vaughan
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    Hi Justin,

    I was thinking something similar when you mentioned the integration, or lack of, with the SSP plug-in.

    I often come across these types of voids where you get a project to its perfect point and then you want to add the cherry on the cake and it just won’t work. I had somebody come to me a number of years ago with a project to ungraded their podcasting/music tracks site. They wanted to have an integrated player that stayed playing when navigating through the site. The twist was having a rating system based on the number of times tracks were played and then present a top playing chart. Getting all the components together (theme and plugins) just seemed impossible. I got as far a theme on Theme Forest that had a player component that was fixed at the bottom as the user navigated the site. It was a pretty funky theme but we couldn’t figure out how to rank tracks based mon the frequency of play.

    Now that you mentioned that SSP plug-in…

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  2. Max Ziebell
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    Just when I was curious again… I clicked on the link Tinte them and then on the preview button. I get a list of blog posts from freaking 2008 presented as a them preview. It doesn’t even remotely resemble the screenshot in this article. WordPress org seriously needs to fix that preview system going forward ASAP. Specially, given the onset of block based themes… this is just sad.

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    • Andrew B
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      I very much agree with you Max. Every time I look at a new theme for a new project, we get the same old posts that are configured appropriately for the theme they are trying to “sell”.

      I would also like to see a tool to configure a theme similar to the way the theme is “sold”.

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    • Carolina Nymark
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      Themes can already use starter content to change what is seen in the WordPress.org preview, this has been available for about 6 months now.

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      • Max Ziebell
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        Thanks for the info Caroline … I wasn’t aware and haven’t seen it being used. I stand corrected that the possible isn’t implemented. So it seems to be an implementation problem on the side of the theme authors or just the huge backlog of old themes watering down hits on themes with proper previews. Maybe announcing that themes without updates will rank worse in the theme repository search would incentivize to have theme authors to add a preview (or acknowledge the old blog layout as intended). Google got many people revisiting page speeds just by announcing some future requirements …

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      • Wpmaker
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        @Carolina, can you share a url for a tutorial/guide/documentation of this? I tried searching but can’t find anything about it.

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    • Max Ziebell
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      The comment was made on my phone. Once I posted it … I saw the errors duo to having the wrong language keyboard and iOS autocorrection but I can’t edit it.

      Should have been:

      I clicked on the link for the theme and then on the preview button

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  3. Gan
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    I have been testing Quadrat (a child theme of Blockbase) since its first release. I have made some modification to use it in one of my learning project sites, but I have been struggling to find a beginner-friendly workflow resource to work with a child-theme.json to modify the original theme’s theme.json.

    I am familiar with the workflows of React, Gatsby and Frontity but wondering whether there was a how to set up guide to create block base child theme workflow? Or else, how to save modifications without compromising future theme updates.

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  4. Jeffrey Pearce
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    Thanks for the review Justin! I’ve enjoyed reading your reviews of our themes, especially the critical feedback. We are going to keep improving the theme with more releases, and your suggestions around making it easier to use as a Podcasting theme make sense to us.

    Looking forward to your next review!

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  5. Janessa
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    Hope that more block-based themes will be released. I really want to try. If my website is build with a block-based theme, it will be faster.

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  6. Maggie Cabrera
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    Thanks for your review, Justin! We really appreciate the feedback.

    The latest version of Quadrat includes the episodes patterns as a Query block pattern. Hopefully, that will make them more useful for users who want to use them to display their latest podcast episodes. That makes two Query block patterns for this theme in particular.

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