Introducing Snug WordPress themes 2.0

We’re excited to share that we are introducing some big changes to the way our WordPress themes work in our latest update. We want to make our themes even easier to use and to give you even more flexibility when it comes to creating your website.

What’s the big change?

We have turned our blocks from our custom page builder into blocks for the WordPress block editor.

This means that you can mix and match our custom blocks that come with each theme with the default blocks within the WordPress block editor. 

There are a few different reasons why we have decided to introduce this change.

1. More flexibility

We believe that switching to this method will give you more flexibility when it comes to building the pages on your website. Using the block editor means that you’re not just restricted to using our blocks to set up your pages. 

So for example, you could add in one of our blocks like our FAQ block or testimonials block and then add in one of the WordPress built-in blocks, like an image block, or a column block, or a button block. 

2. Live to previews as you build your page

While we love our page builder, we realised that one of the major downsides is that you can’t see how the blocks are going to look until you’ve set them up.

Using our blocks within the block editor means that you can preview them within the page editor in real-time without needing to hit the preview button.

3. Use our blocks within blog posts and portfolio pages

Because of this change, not only will you be able to use our blocks to build your pages, but you will now be able to use our blocks within your blog posts and portfolio posts!

4. Preparing for the future of WordPress 

The way WordPress works is changing, and the block editor is going to be a heart of these changes. So we wanted to ensure that our themes and your website are ready and fully prepared for the future.

What about my existing pages? How will they be affected?

If you have already set up pages using the page builder, don’t worry; we won’t be removing the page builder! 

The pages you have built using the page builder will remain exactly how they are, and you can still use the page builder to create and edit your pages if you wish. 

So why should I move away from the page builder?

Going forward, we will no longer be updating page builder, apart from to fix any bugs or issues that might occur. 

We have plans to create new blocks for our themes, but we will only be releasing them for the block editor, not the page builder. 

Within the 2.0 update, we have also added new features to our existing blocks, but these new features are only available for the blocks in the block editor, not the page builder.

And if I don’t want to move?

That’s absolutely fine! As we say, we’re not going to remove the page builder functionality so you will still be able to use it. The downside is that you won’t have access to the new features we have added with this update and that we will be adding to future updates.

Is it easy to switch to the block editor way of building pages?

Yes, moving is really straight forward, but it may take a bit of time as you will need to copy the content of each block and added it to a block within the block editor. 

We promise it will be worth it though, especially when you see how much more flexibility this will give you over the design of your pages. We’ve got lots of new tutorials in our help centre to show you how our blocks work

However, if you need a hand with moving your content, please just let us know and we’ll be more than happy to help. 

How do I get this new update?

Once the update is ready for you to install, Themes page in your admin area and click update on your Snug theme. 

We highly recommend that you make a backup before you update your theme as this is a large update and it’s always better to be on the safe side!

I’m using a child theme. What do I need to know?

If you are an existing customer and you are using a child theme of one of our themes, you’ll need to add a little snippet of code to your functions.php file in order to see the styling we’ve added to the editor.

If you’re a new customer using a child theme, feel free to skip this bit. We’ve already add this code into your child theme for you.

If you need a hand with doing this, just pop us an email and we’ll happily do it for you!

To access the functions.php file, hover over Apperance in the left-hand menu of WordPress and click on Theme Editor.

Then click on Theme Functions (functions.php) on the right-hand side of the screen, and paste your code at the bottom of the file above the ?>

Then click Save Changes at the bottom of the page and you’re done!

Here is the code you need to paste in:

function snug_child_admin_style() {
    wp_enqueue_style( 'child-admin-css', get_template_directory_uri() . '/css/admin.css', false, '1.0.0' );

add_action( 'admin_enqueue_scripts', 'snug_child_admin_style' );

Any other new things I should know about?!

Yes! We’ve also made some updates to the way fonts work in all of our WordPress themes.

When you open up the Fonts tab in the customiser you will now see dropdown lists of fonts that we have carefully curated for you to use on your website. Alternatively, if you want to use your own fonts that you have selected from Google Fonts, the option is still there.

Don’t worry, this new feature won’t have an effect on the fonts you are using at the moment, but going forward, if you did want to change them, we hope that this new setup will make things easier for you.