Woocommerce Themes


I’ll add themes to this post as I try more of them.

Slush by ZigzagPress (Genesis child theme)

Minimalist. light theme with good use of white space. Nothing wrong with it, but for my taste it lacks presence in the header area.

Uku from ElmaStudio

A lovely theme with nice typography and use of white space, elegant. It only allows three products images across in the archive pages, but using the WooCommerce Product Archive Customiser by James Koster (in the WordPress Repository) it will render four across.

However, it then needs some CSS to deal with the display on mobile. A future version of Uku might have more archive column options built in.

Ascend from Kadence Themes

Lots of options with a couple plugins from Kadence, but I found it very slow to respond in the Customiser. It has more options than I got around to using. I might try it again at some point to see what it can do.

Sullivan by Anders Norén

Perfectly OK from a functional point of view, but not enough visual attraction built in to attract me to it.

Generate Press by Tom Usborne

The free version is too plain for my taste. The premium version (cheap for what it offers) has a number of pre-built options in the site library, including two WooCommerce options. It also has some video walk-throughs for customising the site with the premium options.

I am tempted to try the premium version. It is certainly a good fallback option.

Block Gallery


The Block Gallery includes a masonry gallery that I am using here. Notice the ability to make the corners of the images rounded. It is also possible to change the width of the gutter between the images.

The other options are a fullscreen stacked gallery and a carousel slider.

The fullscreen stacked gallery allows fullscreen images one above the other.

I am not sure I would ever want to use that, except I wonder whether it might be possible to set text on the images?

If so, then I can see how it could be used like the sites that tell as story against a background as one works down the page.

That might well be what fullscreen stacked gallery can do, because the demo page says:

Display images in a beautiful fullwidth stacked gallery with the Block Gallery Stacked block. Add a shadow to your media, display captions and choose to link to the main image files for folks to download media.

Disable Gutenberg Blocks


With Disable Gutenberg blocks by Danny Cooper, you can disable the blocks you don’t need.

On the plugin page in the WordPress repository there is a list of the block plugins that it supports.

I am not sure what ‘disable’ means. Having listened to Joost speaking yesterday on WP Sessions, I understand that the problem with blocks is that if you have a number of collections of blocks, then they are all called on every page and that will slow down your site.

Does Danny Cooper’s Disable Gutenberg Blocks plugin solve this issue? I asked him, and he replied:

Block Managers are unlikely to offer any performance gains as ‘Block Collections’ will load all their CSS/JS regardless of which blocks are used.

A block library built into WordPress Core which only includes simple standalone blocks would help for those times you want something small without all the bloat.

For more complex page builders there is always going to be some performance concerns, just like you already have with Elementor and the like.