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., ate at my desk while preparing for other meetings, did more work until almost 5:45 p.m., finished off some stuff on my computer in time for dinner at 6:30 p.m., and then was back to my PC at 7:00 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. It not only has animation options, it lets you customize the look for five different screen sizes, and lots of tweaks to backgrounds for six different columns;
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.
Button Group: Not a bad deployment, generating multiple buttons side by side, all individually controlled for text, colours, links.
Circular Progress Bar: Options to change colour and thickness, plus value, but not SHOW the value?
Contact Form: Basics, nothing special.
Countdown: Set future time and date, and countdown by years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds, with some typography but not very sophisticated designs.
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. I reviewed them, I sorted them, I put them in a table.
A table that is 5 columns wide and more than 100 rows long.