Fun With The Block Editor

I got interested in using the Block editor on certain pages with WooCommerce.

Our shop has twenty categories of products that we sell. The traditional way to reference product categories is, of course, with a navigation menu.

But with the Block editor it’s easy to also make a more impressive presentation of the categories on the home page.

Set up a grid of blocks, each with a key image that links to the product category pages. And add a heading with the category name and link that to the category page also.

And it is super easy to then duplicate another set below and edit them to new images and names. And so on.

None of this would have been remotely as easy pre-block days.

To give you a general idea, I am using the Column blocks here and the images and the headings both link to their relative posts.

I chose the Columns block, then the three-across option, and then added an image and a heading in each block. I aligned the text to centre it in each case, and added the links. It’s a five minute job.

And here is an explanation and a video from WordPress showing how to use the Columns Block

And I found this for the Row Block, and I will experiment with it when I have a moment.

UK Govt Petition: Require shops to keep their doors closed

Some problems are overwhelming, the problem of energy escaping from shops with open doors is easily solved. Shops (with few exceptions) put fear of missing out on potential customers above the desire to conserve energy – whether heating or air conditioning,

No shop would feel disadvantaged if all shops were required by law to close their doors so as not to leak their energy to the outside world.

I have started a petition to UK Government. It needs five supporters to click the link the Government provided in order for the petition to be registered.

The petition:
To save energy, require shops to keep their doors closed during opening hours.

What I want Government to do:
Introduce legislation requiring all shops to close their doors (that is, not open wide) during opening hours. This proposal is not solely about the current high cost of energy, but about wasting precious energy and the costs of producing it on a planet that is warming uncontrollably.

Why I want Government to do it: 
We all understand that shops need to be welcoming to customers, but customers would quickly realise that a closed door does not mean a closed shop. Shops (with few exceptions) put fear of missing out on potential customers above the desire to conserve energy – whether heating or air conditioning, No shop would feel disadvantaged if all shops were required by law to close their doors so as not to leak their energy to the outside world.

Note that you have to be a UK citizen to sign the petition.

Click this link to sign the petition:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/628520/sponsors/new?token=NnhFiqb9m02fZKZKNb9r

The Impetus For This

For years my wife, Tamara, has been speaking to managers in shops and supermarkets talking to them about the heat they let escape through the doors they leave open wide. By keeping at it, she has seen the attitude of shop managers change over the years from ‘who is this person coming to make my life difficult?’ to be more positive and understanding.

And who wouldn’t change their attitude once they see the bigger picture about the risks to Earth’s environment.

They say that if you want to sell something to a customer you have to bring it to their attention eight times before it penetrates the layers of consciousness.

So this is me acknowledging that Tamara has kept on and on, and not been dissuaded.

We know there is legislation on closed doors in France. So today, I thought – how hard can it be for Government to legislate on this, so I made a start with a petition.