GoDaddy welcomes Rich Tabor, CoBlocks, and ThemeBeans

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WordPress already powers more than a third of websites on the internet, but with the introduction of the new block editor, codenamed Gutenberg, I don’t think there has ever been a more exciting time for the WordPress ecosystem or a more promising potential future for it. Gutenberg has given millions of WordPress users an editor that is easier, more intuitive, flexible, and powerful. We’re excited about that, but we’re even more excited about the possibilities it opens up for users of the WordPress platform.

GoDaddy is dedicated to bringing our customers the best WordPress experience through a combination of our high-quality hosting and our collection of tools, plugins, and themes that empower designers to create and maintain the site they’ve envisioned quickly and easily. More than that, GoDaddy is committed to improving the experience of everyone who uses WordPress by creating some of the best themes and tools for WordPress and making them freely available to everyone. It’s in the pursuit of this goal that we’re so happy to share this with you.

Effective today, Rich Tabor is joining GoDaddy to help lead innovation around Gutenberg.

Rich shares our enthusiasm and our vision for the inspiring future Gutenberg is bringing to the WordPress community. He’s already been helping to lead the way in Gutenberg block development, through his amazing CoBlocks plugin, which includes a collection of blocks and block tools that allow users to publish the beautiful pages they’ve always wanted, and his beautiful ThemeBeans themes that fully and seamlessly support all of these blocks.

See for yourself.

CoBlocks has introduced fantastic new tools to its users, which has helped to improve WordPress itself. The most recent release of Gutenberg, which will be included in the next major release of WordPress, includes block management inspired by the CoBlocks implementation from Rich. Just another reason why I’m so happy to also announce the following:

CoBlocks and ThemeBeans are joining the GoDaddy family.

For GoDaddy Managed WordPress customers, you can expect to see many of these tools rolling out into your WordPress dashboard in the near future, and for everyone else, including our customers who are eager to get started with these extraordinary tools right away, you can install the CoBlocks plugin today.

As part of GoDaddy’s commitment to improving the WordPress experience for everyone, the blocks in CoBlocks will continue to be free and GoDaddy expects that future blocks will be made available to everyone as well. Better yet, the stunning ThemeBeans themes, which have previously been available only via purchase or membership to the paid ThemeBeans club, will be made available for free so that everyone can enjoy them. Watch for that to happen very soon.

The WordPress community continues to grow – both in market share and quality – and with the new editor finally here we’re at an exciting moment. We have a bigger opportunity than ever to change the web for the better, and adding Rich, CoBlocks and ThemeBeans to the GoDaddy family will help our pursuit.

Aaron Campbell
Aaron is an international speaker, open source advocate, and outgoing introvert. He's been a regular contributor to WordPress for more than a decade, and is currently employed by GoDaddy as the head of WordPress core and ecosystem. He has over eighteen years of web development experience and worked with clients ranging from small local businesses to Google, Yahoo, Disney, and Harvard. He’s been called both a coffee snob and a beer snob, but considers both to be compliments. When not buried in code, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, riding his motorcycle, and reading sci-fi/fantasy books. You can follow @aaroncampbell on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.