1. Ellen Bauer

    Hi Justin,

    I’m happy that you took the time to test our Aino blocks and thanks also for your honest opinion. The Aino blocks and our free theme are far from a finished or polished product, so I totally understand that you are a bit disappointed at this stage.

    We wanted to release the Aino blocks and theme on WordPress.org since they are stable to use right now. But the actual work is just starting for us, since we are now creating block patterns for our system and I think it is only then that users will see why we built the theme and blocks in a certain way.

    So I hope you maybe have the time to look at our work again in the next few week and maybe change your opinion :)

    Best Regards,


    • Justin Tadlock

      I am really looking forward to seeing where you go with block patterns. I think, given your theme design background, that could be an area where the plugin could push past that yet another block collection point. It would also be a good way to provide extra value to your theme users.

      Shoot me a message when you get some more patterns built in. It’s my favorite WP feature at the moment, and I am genuinely interested in seeing what you build.


  2. Alex Vasquez

    Hmm. It would be nice if their Theme Demo on the .org repo was properly setup. Seems like an afterthought.


    • Justin Tadlock

      Theme authors do not have any control over the .ORG repo demos. This has been a years-long problem that seems to be a pretty low in priority. It is best that they set up an off-site demo, which I couldn’t find for the Aino theme.


  3. Tim

    I’d be curious to hear what you think about our grid block. We gave it sensible default settings and provided section templates to show the use of the various settings, or a user could start from scratch.

    Our issue is, we developed our plugin and released it on WordPress.org in October 2019, before patterns existed–so keeping the plugin up to date with the latest Gutenberg markup changes has been time-consuming. Hard to innovate when we’re merely trying to keep up with WP and our clients’ demands.

    We developed our grid system and blocks plugin as part of overhauling all of our WordPress themes with no idea of what the long term plans were for blocks. Our blocks work as part of the design system. (Or themes) We did try to be conscious of using existing blocks where we could, including extending some of their functionality where possible. We also made our blocks work with 2019/2020 WP themes, but that includes appending the CSS for a grid system if you activate it so that the responsiveness works well.

    I merely wanted to chime in and say I can sympathize with Aino’s scenario and the development decisions they made because we too made many of those same choices.

    It’ll be easier going forward now that we have an idea of the direction of blocks. I’m starting to think of blocks in more complex layouts with combinations of animations/features/settings that you can’t replicate with core blocks, which is beginning to ‘make sense’ more for me, at least.

    I know in general, blocks have made our clients’ websites much easier for them to manage–which is what we’re all aiming for anyways–and I look forward to seeing how full site editing, universal settings, and some sort of sensible blocks library and sensible presets begins to come together as a whole for the ecosystem.


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