Database Powered Sites, Bespoke WordPress Websites, Search Engine Optimisation, Rich Content for Mobile Friendly Websites
At Autus Chelmsford, we pride ourselves on responding to the needs of our customers, and delivering the most bespoke solution possible. We use tried and tested software such as WordPress, which powers around a quarter of all internet websites. There are several reasons for its popularity, on of them being its simplicity for most users. It allows people to update their own websites using a Content Management System or CMS.
WordPress is updated regularly and their latest update [version 5] incorporated a new default content editor named Gutenberg. Up to now, it has been possible to modify the text only, with a ‘What You See Is What You Get’ editor, or WYSIWYG for short! With more website owners wishing to have enhanced control over the look of their sites, a wider choice was needed. Gutenberg offers an ideal alternative with a totally new approach, using content blocks. This enables content creators to create media rich content that will attract and engage quickly and efficiently.
Using Gutenberg in the Real World
Gutenberg is at the moment in its infancy, but is making swift progress, and our customers are already benefiting from this innovative software. One customer recently contacted us with a challenging request. They wanted a new tailored WordPress website, including a page builder that would let them update their website. This would be done by choosing a reusable content block and dropping it on a page. They would then be able to build up and add new content and pages quickly. We immediately identified the new Gutenberg editor as the perfect answer. There was however a small snag, the particular content blocks the client would need were not built in to Gutenberg.
Autus solved this problem, by developing a bespoke page builder using Gutenberg along with Advanced Custom Fields. This included a pre-defined number of page element blocks, such as : –
- Text in 3 circles with hover
- Featured person
- Count-up circles and many more, 20 in total.
The client could then produce new content, within the design language of the site, as the blocks defined the page layout and design. You can find out more information about the Gutenberg Block Editor on our WordPress page.