Welcome to Stackable

One of the biggest changes to WordPress is the introduction of Gutenberg or the new WordPress editor for a fresh publishing experience. This new editor takes the page building experience to a new level by using a more visual approach – featuring a clean and simple layout and using a new system to simplify the building process with the introduction of “blocks”.

What is Stackable and What Does It Have to Offer?

Stackable is a plugin that works to supplement and supercharge the new WordPress Editor. It adds essential blocks to Gutenberg’s arsenal and gives you an even easier design experience. It is the ultimate Gutenberg add-on with a growing number of kick-ass blocks and allows you to present messages and start an action with ease.

With modern designs, Stackable blocks are highly versatile and are meant to be usable in all kinds of webpages – be it business sites, personal blogs, portfolios and more. We also give you the freedom to customize the designs to fit your own vision.

Our intuitive and user-friendly interface allows you to showcase your content and beautifully design webpages without needing to learn a line of code. Ease-of-use is our specialty and we built Stackable to make sure that building your dream site would be a sweat-free and enjoyable experience.

To complete our package, we also built the Stackable theme – specially made for Gutenberg – that you can use to jump start your page building journey with the new WordPress editor.

How Did It All Start?

As early as the release of the new WordPress editor as a beta plugin, it became apparent that Gutenberg would be the future of page building. With our experience in creating and enhancing page building tools, our team, GΛMBIT, wanted to help and contribute in making the most out of this change in the page building game.

Stackable started out as one of Gambit team’s side projects. We initially developed some blocks that we thought would enhance the capabilities of the new WordPress editor. Our initial release included basic blocks like header, call to action, testimonials and pricing box.

Given the warm reception from users and the growing importance and popularity of Gutenberg, we’ve put some serious effort in making Stackable the all-in-one companion for the new WordPress editor. What was once a side project became a full fledged product. So far, we’ve designed and developed more than 20 blocks that you can enjoy absolutely for free!

Our Next Steps

We’re not yet done making things better for you. We’re currently cooking up something big to make Stackable even more useful and handy – more blocks, professional design and customization options, animations and other interesting effects are all coming your way soon so make sure that you stay tuned.

Gambit Plugin Updates for April 2018

When Gambit was established, we had a goal that drove us – to simplify and revolutionize the WordPress world. It sounds a little fluffy, but since the beginning, we wanted to give people an avenue to make great things happen. How we wanted to achieve this is by building the resources in order to do so. For example, our plugins.

But what we’ve come to realize recently was that we won’t be able to do this properly unless word gets out that we exist. That we want to make this happen. That Gambit is a thing, and that our stuff will help you get the job done.

So, in order to do this, we’ve decided to work harder to establish a transparent, online presence. This article is part of the first step to making this happen.

Updates for Super Bundle for WPBakery Page Builder

Super Bundle for WPBakery Page Builder has been updated to version 1.2.1. There are 2 features that we’ve made some updates to:

  1. Row Separators – Bug fixes. Uploading custom SVG icons can now be done more seamlessly for faster user experience.
  2. Isometric Tiles – Fixed compatibility issues with Yoast SEO; Isometric Tiles should now work alongside Yoast SEO without error message pop-ups

Each feature of Super Bundle is also available as a standalone plugin. The standalone plugin versions of the two features above have been updated as well.

Updates for Stackable – Ultimate Blocks for Gutenberg

We’ve also added some new stuff on to Stackable, now version 0.4. We’ve added 3 new blocks in addition to the 14 we already have (now 17 in total).

New Gutenberg blocks:

  1. Card – A simple shadowed box you can use to showcase sections of your page. Add images, text, and buttons altogether to make a card.
  2. Pricing Box – Showcase your products and their prices, including short descriptions and buttons. You can also edit the colors of the boxes along with its text.
  3. Header – Welcome your customers to your page with simple, sleek header. Upload an image and adjust its tint, and add header text and up to 1 button.

That’s it for now! We hope you guys can check out our updates and our future blog posts. We have a lot more in store for you in the upcoming months!

Next Page Caching: A Whole New Way to Speed Up Your Site

If you’ve created or maintained a website before, chances are you’re aware how challenging optimizing page load speed is. The job increases in difficulty especially if you’re using WordPress and dealing with plugins that add their own files.

Caching is one of the many effective ways to speed up your website: you can install caching plugins like WP Rocket or W3 Total Cache. While those do the job well, there’s a relatively new method of further speeding up your site – we like to call this method “next page caching”.

It isn’t just caching; It’s next page caching

The concept of next page caching works differently from regular web page caching. Next page caching concentrates on speeding up the transition to the next predicted page your site visitors will be navigating to.

How does this work?

Next Page Caching is a relatively new method of further speeding up your site.

You can cache the next page by utilizing a relatively new feature of browsers called Resource Hints.

Basically, Resource Hints give us with a few methods to prompt the browser to do some special things. When these methods are used together, we can prompt the loading of the next page (and its succeeding pages) to load faster.

Preload Hint

Preload prioritizes loading files that are on the current page. You can use this to prompt the browser to load files that are crucial, like an article’s featured image or theme styles.

Prefetch Hint

Prefetch fetches files when the browser has finished loading the current web page. You can use this to load the the critical scripts and styles of the next page. This way, the content of the next page load will start to load while the user is still busy reading or scrolling through the current page.

Preconnect Hint

This preemptively connects to a domain to speed up future loading of files that originate from it. You can use this to preconnect to a domain if your page uses multiple files from it. Use this for CDN domains or Google Fonts.

Introducing: The Next Page Caching Plugin

With this concept in mind, we’ve created a plugin that bears the same name: Next Page Caching. By using the three Resource Hints above, you can probably expect a loading time decrease to the next page anywhere from 100ms to 500ms depending on the situation.

Technically, the plugin doesn’t exactly lessen the loading time. Instead, it works with page interactivity time, making the next page feel faster since the critical parts prioritized during loading and the visitor can interact with the page sooner.

This is opposed to the visitor waiting on a white screen while waiting for the page, featured image, or Google Fonts to finish loading.

Here are the kinds of caching that the Next Page Caching plugin can do:

  • The plugin prefetches the main HTML of the chosen next page, as well as the critical files specified.
  • Prefetches the first post when viewing a blog list or archive page.
  • Preloads the post’s chosen critical files to prioritize them.
  • Preloads the theme stylesheet so that it gets loaded first.
  • Preloads the featured image of a blog post or page when needed (and if it’s large) so that it shows up faster.
  • Preconnects to the Google Fonts domain for faster font downloading when needed.

Since next page caching essentially loads parts of the next page WHILE you browse the current page, normal speed testing tools like YSlow, Pingdom Tools or GTMetrix will not show much difference – those only test the speed of the current page you’re at. What you need is to test the speed from transitioning between one page to the next.

You can open an incognito window, disable caching and check the network tab while navigating through your site.

The Next Page Caching plugin is available for free in the WordPress Plugin Directory.

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