Here is the latest installment of monthly “Genesis Community TLDR” blog series featuring happenings from around the Genesis community.
If you’d like to submit something for us to share in these roundups, or someone you know is up to something cool within the Genesis universe, you can post about it in Genesis WP on Facebook or in the #self-promotion group in Genesis WP in Slack. We’re looking forward to reading your suggestions and socializing what the Genesis community is up to in this monthly blog series!
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David Vogelpohl: Hello everyone and welcome to the genesis community live cast. I’m David Vogel poll. I’ve been a proud member of the genesis community for over eight years.
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David Vogelpohl: I lead Genesis WP Engine and I love to bring the best of the genesis community to you here live on the Genesis community live cast
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David Vogelpohl: Welcome to our Genesis community TL Dr segment covering wonderful things. The genesis community has been up to, in their business and in their technology.
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David Vogelpohl: Joining me today for this episode is the head of Genesis marketing and longtime studio press team member Chris Garrett, Chris, welcome back to Genesis community live cast
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Chris Garrett: Hello again.
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David Vogelpohl: Hey, I feel weird inviting you back because you’ve done so many of these and I know we kind of trade off the MC responsibilities here, but I feel as MC. I feel like I always have to welcome the other person coming
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Chris Garrett: It’s on a flight right
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David Vogelpohl: Yes yes yes needed it. I just just felt natural to do that.
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David Vogelpohl: But what we’re going to be talking about today is really what the genesis community has been up to, and happenings within the community itself. And in order to do that I have prepared various tab groups, Chris. If you familiar with tag groups right
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Chris Garrett: I’m familiar because you mentioned them. I use something similar, which I need to look up. It’s called one tab and and that saves almost like a, it’s a plugin. That almost sounds like a web page, but you’ve got an organization system going on here. Right.
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David Vogelpohl: Yeah, there’s a lot of browser extensions that do this but Chrome has added this as default feature. Now, you do have to turn it on. I think a couple of these are actually experimental
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David Vogelpohl: But the way you can do this is you just click on it and it pulls out all the tabs so all these dots here represent what the genesis community has been up to us. This is what we’re going to walk through here.
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David Vogelpohl: Just so folks have an idea of kind of what’s been happening. So first step of course on sep tember first there was the launch of Genesis custom blocks.
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David Vogelpohl: If you’re not familiar with Genesis custom blocks. There’s a free version of Genesis custom blocks on wordpress.org you can actually go to this URL here in order to access the download link.
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David Vogelpohl: And basically what Genesis custom blocks does and Chris, you and I know you know explicitly. But what do you think it does just by the face of its name.
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Chris Garrett: My guess is it does something to do with making custom blocks, David.
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David Vogelpohl: Yes, yes.
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Chris Garrett: I see that it dices
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David Vogelpohl: I know right delivers what it says. And of course, the kind of blocks are Gutenberg blocks or block editor blocks.
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David Vogelpohl: Now, I think the neat thing about Genesis custom blocks is that it allows you to create custom blocks without having to learn react, Chris, you remember what and then Milan Wag said on stage at work camp us in Philadelphia. A few years back.
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Chris Garrett: Right, anybody
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David Vogelpohl: And so, Genesis custom blocks basically pushes out all the react pieces so you can use your kind of bread and butter WordPress developer skills HTML, CSS, and PHP to build out your own custom blocks.
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David Vogelpohl: So I’m really excited to be able to have put this out and help the genesis community. And frankly, all of WordPress.
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David Vogelpohl: Build with custom blocks without having a hard part of having to learn reacts. And so this is a fun release for me.
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David Vogelpohl: There is a pro version available on the Genesis pro package, but the free version is available on wordpress.org and of course you can download it here at Studio press com forward slash Genesis custom block.
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Chris Garrett: And then not
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Chris Garrett: Purely for aesthetics, although you can do that. It’s all about having dynamic blocks so that there’s some functionality there.
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Chris Garrett: And then just Jeff. And so it’s it’s really a cool tool to speech.
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David Vogelpohl: Yeah, I gave a presentation actually where I demo Genesis custom blocks that word camp Philly on the 26th was a virtual word camp. As you can imagine, I got zero Philly Cheese steaks.
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David Vogelpohl: Big disappointment, but was able to demo it there. And one of the things I showed was the PHP file that is used for your blocks. So this is where you’ll be able to set
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David Vogelpohl: Custom or basically include custom PHP for things like dynamic elements of a block like the block we built was like a donation block and it kind of had the slider going up as you reached your donation goal.
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David Vogelpohl: You could do things like tie that into your donations plugin and things like that. So, you are correct. It’s not just for custom designing a block where
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David Vogelpohl: a content creator can kind of go in and edit the content easily, but it’s also for creating blocks that have functionality, which is kind of neat.
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David Vogelpohl: Also, since our last community TL Dr. Of course, we launched Genesis blocks again free version on wordpress.org. This is the next generation, if you will, of atomic blocks.
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David Vogelpohl: We will be actually releasing migration tech between atomic blocks in Genesis block soon.
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David Vogelpohl: But you can go download the free version of Genesis blocks either here on studio press of course on wordpress.org there is a pro version included with Genesis pro and
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David Vogelpohl: This was another thing I demoed at work camp Philly, and it’s just like injecting sections and layouts and the soon to be released collections, which we’ll talk about more in future episodes.
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David Vogelpohl: It’s just like magic. It was like plop in a whole section of a page or a whole page of block based demo content. I love that. So if you haven’t checked it out. Check out the free version to give it a shot.
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David Vogelpohl: And let us know what you think on the Community news we have one of the things it was funny. Chris, you helped us produce the
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David Vogelpohl: What was it the genesis community live cast basically Episode one of the reboot featuring WordPress co creator Mike little Genesis shaper and Nita Carter and Sandy Jackson.
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David Vogelpohl: With that was, that was a special time wasn’t across
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Chris Garrett: Yes, a special events in a really cool way to reboot the the YouTube channel because what what a topic and they they work through it really well. It was such a good discussion.
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David Vogelpohl: I know just to have such informed point of views on this and for me to be able to learn a lot.
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David Vogelpohl: And talk about celebrate success and contributions from the black community and WordPress and Genesis, but also to talk about the challenges. And so it was a really wonderful conversation and at the
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David Vogelpohl: Word camp Philly speakers party. I was kind of multitasking. There’s a lot of people talking, all that kind of at once. And so I wasn’t really paying that close of attention. And then I overheard
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David Vogelpohl: Courtney Robertson, one of the speakers and I think she even an organizer makes you just a speaker from the Philly area.
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David Vogelpohl: Talking about the episode. My ears kind of picked up and I, you know, say, hey, Courtney. Are you talking about the episode with Mike and she said she was
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David Vogelpohl: And the reason she had brought it up is part of one of the things she did it work camp Philly. It was really just talk about
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David Vogelpohl: This organization that she and Stephanie Smith L rage run called code differently now our code differently, what it does is basically help basically train people of color and, in particular, black youth, how to code, how to use technology and to prepare them for a career in technology.
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David Vogelpohl: And she was so moved by the video with Mike and Anita and Sandy and also Brian
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David Vogelpohl: Kenny from WP Engine and the short stories they had told and particularly those around.
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David Vogelpohl: black people’s contributions of course to WordPress, but also the notion of, you know, helping and lifting up youth in this area as we think about the future.
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David Vogelpohl: And I think she told me she showed it to the kids like four or five times.
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David Vogelpohl: I guess they now have it on loop in the class, but it was really wonderful to be able to hear that. I just wanted to commend Courtney Robertson.
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David Vogelpohl: And Stephanie Smith Eldridge on their work here in helping to teach people from under represented groups technology and WordPress also Genesis
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David Vogelpohl: And be able to prepare them for a career in technology. I think that was a wonderful, wonderful thing that they did. And it was really
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David Vogelpohl: I know honored to hear that. So, so serendipitous how all that be, and now how it’s making an impact out in other’s lives.
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David Vogelpohl: Switching gears. I wanted to give props to Danny Owens Danny use Genesis and there was strict. I’m sorry, restrict content pro theme to build a training course for her website. So this is her website.
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David Vogelpohl: And she made this course called BHP or bring home the bacon. She already got me sold that bacon.
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Chris Garrett: logo is fantastic. I love it.
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David Vogelpohl: This is American bacon, though. Chris not Canadian bacon, which of course
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Chris Garrett: Yeah.
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David Vogelpohl: I live in Canada.
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Chris Garrett: I live in Canada prefer British fake and to be honest.
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David Vogelpohl: Rather really out of the types of Masonic john candy, but
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Chris Garrett: Good agent Vegas, not my food.
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David Vogelpohl: You know, I got mine is like number one American bacon. Number two British bacon UK bacon. And number three, Canadian bacon. Like it’s it’s at the bottom of my list and for I
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Chris Garrett: Think the technically correct name for the bacon. I like best. Those Danish fate and so
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David Vogelpohl: Really, it’s like the fried ham kind of thing, right.
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Chris Garrett: No, no. I like the big rashes.
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Chris Garrett: Going off topic a little bit but yeah
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David Vogelpohl: I know I’m sure I’m sure Danny loves I was talking about bacon when we’re trying to give her some air time for this.
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David Vogelpohl: Wonderful course.
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Chris Garrett: segue into the Food Channel. Let’s get that
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David Vogelpohl: I know I can’t read it. Bacon without a discussion. Anyways, Danny is essentially an SEO specialist and doesn’t spend a lot of time and web development and theme development, but really push yourself to get this site out. I thought she did a beautiful job.
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David Vogelpohl: I’m really loving the aesthetics and nice clear calls to action here really well done. Danny, just wanted to give you a quick shout out for that. You can check out her site and it was filthy.
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Chris Garrett: Pig Zilla filler. That’s wonderful.
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David Vogelpohl: Yes, I know. I don’t know the backstory behind that maybe we click on about and learn about that later. All right, next up we have Matt Whiteley
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David Vogelpohl: Matt. So web developer with Whiteley designs and wow man. I think he’s based in Austin. He must be based on some of his more recent projects was good. Check it out. City.
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David Vogelpohl: That Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I don’t know. He must have some connection sauce. And I think I do remember that I think
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Chris Garrett: The University of
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Chris Garrett: Texas is a connection.
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David Vogelpohl: Yes, yes, yes. Matt has some really fun and interesting Genesis projects he’s undertaken recently. So he made this site for the Salem center.
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David Vogelpohl: And I had to do a little digging, but it’s basically you kind of see it up there in the logo, but it’s part of the Texas makoni
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David Vogelpohl: School of Business and for those unfamiliar McCombs is like an elite business school.
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David Vogelpohl: You mean you’re talking like you know top five at least 10 business schools, it’s based in the University of Texas.
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David Vogelpohl: And I thought this was a really elegant site that Matt had built. It’s pretty
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David Vogelpohl: Speedy, of course, I click on them for students around it looks like it’s loading a little slow now and up lots of images, that’s why.
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David Vogelpohl: But I just thought this that X are really good and then Matt also designed this site juice land, Chris, I know you been to Austin. Have you been to a juice LAN
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Chris Garrett: I have not looking at this, I wanted
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David Vogelpohl: I know like I want one of these smoothies like right this second. And if you’ve been to Austin or from Austin, you may be familiar, reduce land. They have a very famous smoothies stand near Barton Springs pull tell me you’ve heard of Barton Springs. Cool.
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Chris Garrett: Great house and we not being in the water, but we have walk the dog.
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David Vogelpohl: Yes, yes, it’s beautiful. This picture doesn’t even do it justice, but they’re natural spring fed pools and this is one of the it’s right in your downtown and this is one of people’s favorite places to go. And they come into town.
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David Vogelpohl: And when when I saw the post about Jesus land. I was like, I loved us lay and they’re so amazing. I thought the site was was incredible. I mean, definitely makes me want to smoothie right this second.
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David Vogelpohl: So, good job on that one, Matt. All right. Up next we have Tom Finley of proof creative. This is Tom site.
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David Vogelpohl: What do you think that the to accent marks mean over proof there, Chris.
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Chris Garrett: And it’s got to be like hugging us from
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David Vogelpohl: You know, hard indices, a fake Danish word
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David Vogelpohl: I know resting
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Chris Garrett: It’s called an own losses and I’m sure somebody can correct me if I think carefully those thoughts is called a normal out
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David Vogelpohl: The accent. The name of the accent mark is
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David Vogelpohl: Yeah. Okay, gotcha.
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Chris Garrett: And I guess it’s to tie into the libation crush people side.
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David Vogelpohl: Oh, that’s interesting. I never really thought about that because yeah if you look here at some of their work. Let’s go see there are work. Maybe they are actually libation focus. Look at you, Chris.
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David Vogelpohl: You are correct. Yeah, food and beverage. Look at that. I love it. Well, what what Tom built that I thought was kind of cool is the barber collective website.
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David Vogelpohl: Leveraging Genesis and revolution Pro. So when Tom described this build he basically said that he was
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David Vogelpohl: replacing an existing theme with revolution pro and I thought the interesting part of this build was. It was an older site, but he had converted it into Gutenberg so that way all of these components are editable by blocks. So, good job on that site, Tom.
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Chris Garrett: It was wonderful side.
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Chris Garrett: I know pilot is just, it just perfect.
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David Vogelpohl: Yeah, and I think this is another one of those sites were like the use of images is just key like that I look at that. It really makes me want to get a straight razor shave. What about you, Chris.
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Chris Garrett: Yeah, I’ve never had a cutthroat racist shave and I’ve hovered outside many about and consider it but well as you can see
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David Vogelpohl: I know I’ve, I’ve always wanted to do that go into like a old timey barber shop and get the straight razor shave this imagery makes me want to do that. I did get a gift certificate for that ones, but I broke my toe. When I went to get the shave. So I never got to get this shave.
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Chris Garrett: I didn’t realize it was such a dangerous activity. Oh.
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David Vogelpohl: Oh, I broke my toe. It is swimming pool. Playing with my
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David Vogelpohl: Kids. But yeah, it kind of spoil the relaxation. I was planning.
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Chris Garrett: I finally had like a site trim with proper race. I’ve never had the full
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David Vogelpohl: Oh, right, yeah like
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David Vogelpohl: Back in the neck and stuff like that, too. I’ve had that. So in Texas. The difference between a hairstylist and a barber is the ability to do a straight razor shave. You can do the shave. You can be a barber, if not your hairstylist.
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Chris Garrett: Until the sitting.
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Chris Garrett: On fat or is that an all time.
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David Vogelpohl: I don’t know, I, you know, I don’t know that much about it, my information is probably five years old. Anyway, so maybe that’s different. Now, but random fact that doesn’t help anyone.
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David Vogelpohl: Next up we have biz budding biz budding has been super busy they acquired pretty darn cute themes. They acquired
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David Vogelpohl: SEO themes and really are joining forces with a lot of the, you know, really wonderful design and code minds in the genesis community.
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David Vogelpohl: Just my hats off to them. In general, but David with biz budding launched a new podcast on
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David Vogelpohl: Basically their website and you can actually check it out. I liked this episode. This is episode five featuring their thoughts on choosing the best WordPress themes
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David Vogelpohl: But if you’re looking for more opportunities to learn more about WordPress and Genesis, you can see Lee Anthony, he was with SEO themes. He was part of that acquisition. Lovely. He’s the genesis shaper
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David Vogelpohl: My Kimber as well. Mike again was originally with my themes. And I think if I’m going to listen to anyone talk about how to pick a theme, these two people are definitely on my list. What about you, Chris.
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Chris Garrett: And definitely, and the great people over there as well, which always helps
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David Vogelpohl: I know like Mike smile there on the left, they just personifies the biz bedding crew such a laid back and wonderful group of folks just wanted to give them a quick shout out on the launch of their podcasts.
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David Vogelpohl: I did a little blog posts of my own on designing with WordPress blocks basically talking all about the block editor kind of showing off Genesis blocks here as well.
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David Vogelpohl: Linking to some of our friends over at my themes brand Id love their block based themes and then I give my own kind of take on how to pick a theme. So this was my take. I guess the blog version of
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David Vogelpohl: The biz budding podcast episode. But if you’re been wondering about
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David Vogelpohl: Gutenberg and like how it works, or what some of the backstory is behind all that this article actually goes through that you can check the link out there. And then of course we have the text version and the blog post of this episode.
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Chris Garrett: I want many people might not know about David is David before WP Engine was a Genesis agency founder
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David Vogelpohl: Yes, I was. I ran a Genesis agency.
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David Vogelpohl: For those familiar with Pat Ramsey, and the genesis community, he worked with me there and Pat was the one that brought us on board to using Genesis as a framework.
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David Vogelpohl: We built a large number of sites using Genesis and we’re even featured on the studio press recommended Developers page. That was a proud day for me when that happened,
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David Vogelpohl: I love that so
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Chris Garrett: Juicy link for the Google’s yes
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David Vogelpohl: Yes, yes. So anyways, it’s great to be able to bring that here to the guest blog there as a guest post. And then last item on our list we for those that are Spanish speakers or may have clients who are Spanish speakers.
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David Vogelpohl: Freely and dev has a Spanish podcast that talks all about Genesis and an episode 78 they had a great run down
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David Vogelpohl: About Genesis blocks and Genesis custom blocks, if you know any Spanish speakers that are interested in Genesis definitely have them check out
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David Vogelpohl: Freelance dev. And then also, of course, they can check out this episode on Genesis blocks and custom blocks.
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David Vogelpohl: This podcast is produced in part by know why badiola KNOW WHY IS A Genesis shaper. He was also on the last version of the genesis community live cast for the shapers recap is our special guest.
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David Vogelpohl: He runs this site called could decode Genesis, which is a Genesis code snippet and tutorial side all focused on the Spanish language really really proud to have in Hawaii, as part of the shapers have you gotten to know know why very well.
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Chris Garrett: No only
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Chris Garrett: So watching and observing, but the the event he put on in Spain was heavily featured
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David Vogelpohl: On. Oh, yes. Genesis bcn
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David Vogelpohl: And I forgot where this was located at some conference center some, you know, Vincent or something, but he had a whole group of people in last year learning Genesis and Spanish can, you know, understanding what is it like to build with Genesis as an agency or freelancer or someone else.
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Chris Garrett: Alone or was it
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David Vogelpohl: I think it yeah man it is right there. Barcelona. I think he’s going for a virtual event next year, but he might do in person. So if you speak Spanish, maybe check out. Keep an eye out for that. Certainly if you’re located in Spain. Watch for the in person version.
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Chris Garrett: So in 2022 will go over to respond. Yeah, and listen.
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David Vogelpohl: I can’t wait. I just, I really wish I could have made the very first one of course my Spanish is not very good at all. Little bit here living in Texas.
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David Vogelpohl: But not certainly not enough to digest the content, but just to have the opportunity to hang out with people and you know it’d be able to learn more. I think would be amazing.
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Chris Garrett: And some full time.
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David Vogelpohl: Yes, yes, yes. I didn’t add that to my official list, but it’s on that one.
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Chris Garrett: Yeah. Well, his team Dolan.
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David Vogelpohl: Yes, exactly. Exactly. Well, that’s it for our roundup of news from around the community. Thanks for everyone for watching our Genesis community TL Dr episode. Also, Chris. Thanks for joining me.
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Chris Garrett: Yeah. Thanks for having me, but also look out for future episodes we graph Nathan rice do an AMA. So that’s gonna be good.
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David Vogelpohl: Oh, that’ll be fun. And of course, Chris. You’ll be hosting some of these as well.
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Chris Garrett: Yeah, well, I’m always happy for you to take the reins I
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David Vogelpohl: Can I be yours.
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David Vogelpohl: I’m Chris, can we do it that way.
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Chris Garrett: Yeah, yeah, special guest with
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Chris Garrett: Me sticking to your agency days and pick up some of your skeleton.
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David Vogelpohl: Ah, I like it, I like it, put that one on the books I’ve got
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Chris Garrett: A lot to talk about good clients and budget line. So if you only state to the positive
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David Vogelpohl: I can totally talk about them as long as I don’t mention their names.
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David Vogelpohl: I have
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David Vogelpohl: Tons of listen to our story episode. Yeah.
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David Vogelpohl: Cool. Well, thanks everyone again for watching. Again, I’m your host, David Vogel Paul. I’ve been a proud member of the genesis community for over eight years. I lead Genesis WP Engine
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David Vogelpohl: And I love helping bring the best of the genesis community to you here on the Genesis community live cast. Thank you.
Latest Genesis News:
- Genesis Custom Blocks launched on September 2nd with a free version available on WordPress.org and a pro version available within the Genesis Pro package. Genesis Custom Blocks helps you create custom Gutenberg blocks without react. Install the free version to try it out.
- Genesis Blocks launched on August 26th and also comes with free and pro versions. Check out the free version of Genesis Blocks to give it a go.
News from around the community
- Courtney Robertson has been working with Code Differently (founded by Stephanie Smith-Eldridge and Tariq Hook) which helps under-represented groups (particularly POC) learn technology including WordPress. Courtney shared with us that she loved showing her students the Genesis Community Livecast episode with Mike Little, Anita Carter, and Sandee Jackson covering the contributions of the Black community and challenges of the Black community within WordPress & Genesis.
- SEO specialist Dani Owens used Genesis and the Restrict Content Pro theme to build a training course for his website. The course is called Bring Home The Bacon. Props to Dani for pushing herself deeper into web / theme development and building out this awesome experience!
- Matt Whiteley of Whiteley Designs used Genesis to build out this awesome site for the Salem Center which is part of the prestigious McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Matt also redesigned the iconic Juiceland website using Genesis. If you’ve been to Austin and had a smoothie near Barton Springs Pool, it was probably at Juiceland.
- Tom Finley of PRÜF Creative decided to try a new style when redesigning a site for The Barber Collection by using the Genesis theme Revolution Pro and taking a Gutenberg-driven approach. If their hair cuts look half as good as their website, sign us up!
- David Schmelzle and the crew at BizBudding (Mai Themes) launched a new podcast featuring insights from their crack-team of WordPress experts. Check out episode 5 featuring their thoughts on how to choose a WordPress theme.
- Genesis brand lead David Vogelpohl authored a detailed guest post about Gutenberg and themes on the Awin blog including shoutouts to Mai Themes and more.
- Spanish speakers may enjoy this podcast by Nahuai Badiola of Código Genesis talking about Genesis Blocks and Genesis Custom Blocks plugins. Nahuai also puts on the Genesis BCN event in Spain focusing on in-person (pre COVID) training for Genesis in Spanish. Here’s a picture from their last event.
We hope you enjoyed reading what other members of the Genesis community have been up to. As a reminder, if you’d like to submit something you or someone you know is up to within the Genesis universe you can post about it in Genesis WP on Facebook or in the #self-promotion group in Genesis WP in Slack.