I was out the door at 7:30 a.m., which is not that early NORMALLY, but in a COVID world, it is unheard of, in order to get to a health appointment with Andrea for 7:45 a.m. Easy for me, I watched Monk episodes on Prime while I waited.
Then drove Andrea home and went to McDonald’s to pick up a treat for the three of us — McMuffins for Andrea and I, hot cakes for Jacob. Then I was in meetings pretty much all day.
I don’t just mean a lot of meetings. I mean that I was in meetings most of the morning, went upstairs to grab lunch just after 2:00 p.m.,… Read the rest
I love block collections, and Qubely was apparently one I missed in my reviewing. Right up front, it adds a big IMPORT LAYOUT button up to the left of the content editor window, which is where they have links to various block patterns / mini layouts. There aren’t many free ones, but a lot of PRO ones are listed. That’s usually a huge red flag for me — an app that serves basically to market their other services.
The collection is large with 29 separate blocks. Let’s work our way through them one by one:
Accordion: Nothing flashy but totally functional;
Advanced List: In all fairness, it does give you some nice options for styling an ordered number list (like light-blue circles around the numbers or colouring the rows, but I was REALLY hoping it would do more advanced list things like letters;
Advanced Text: More controls than a paragraph block, with built-in Title / Heading and sub-heading options, as well as basic animation;
Animated Headline: I haven’t seen anything like this in any other collection.
Previous readers of the blog know that I am intrigued every time I see a new block collection and want to see what they have to offer. I was looking at a new post tool and it listed all the collections it was compatible with, most of which I had seen. But it listed one called “Kioken Blocks” which I had never heard of, so I wanted to give it a try.
It comes with 19 blocks, and so let’s see how they do on my site…
Accordion: Simple vertical accordion block, click to expand;
Container Row: A common block in the higher-end collections, this gives you a quick layout of one row x multiple columns of different size and proportions.
I am constantly on a search for new blocks to make my workflow more consistent, particularly in areas where I don’t even know I could improve things. So I’ve already reviewed 11 block collections, and this is number 12. Let’s see what I get out of it:
Accordion: Expandable, but doesn’t seem to be collapsible except by clicking another one.
Advanced Spacer: Yep, it’s for controlling space and not much else.
Anchor: Useful instead of coding your own.
Banner: Same as headers in most other collections, very large image with the ability to put text over it AND you can add 6 transition effects when you hover.
I have a dream, except my dream is a lot smaller than racial equality. My dream today is simply that I can create a nice table on my WordPress site that doesn’t go crazy.
So let’s start with the nature of the problem. I have a post, about the top hits of 1943. It’s part of a long-term project I am working on that will eventually have me review all the Billboard hits from 1943 up to the present. Fun, right? Okay, maybe not, but I find some of it pretty interesting. I did the first year as a test, 1943, and while Billboard’s list wasn’t exactly up and running yet, I ended up with a combination of several lists and 117 songs to review.… Read the rest