Atomic Blocks hits 6,000 downloads! Let’s party!

When we launched the Atomic Blocks plugin and theme on April 6th, we weren’t sure what kind of response we were going to get since Gutenberg was relatively new to most people. Today, we’re super excited to say that we recently crossed 6,000 downloads and 600+ active installs on WordPress.org. 🎉 The download count as of today is 6,180. Woo!

It was encouraging, to say the least, to see the download count grow by the day. What was even more encouraging was to see the enthusiasm that people had about Atomic Blocks and Gutenberg in general. Despite some initial criticism about the new WordPress editor, lots of kinks have been worked out and people are starting to see the benefits of the block-based editor.

We’re also excited to be showing up next to the official Gutenberg plugin when you search for “gutenberg” on WordPress.org! It wouldn’t be possible without all of the positive engagement and enthusiasm about Atomic Blocks. 

Gutenberg Course Giveaway

To celebrate this milestone of 6,000 downloads, we’re giving away access to three educational courses to help you get started with Gutenberg whether you’re a user, a developer, or a themer.

All of these courses are great starting points for working with and developing for Gutenberg. Zac and Joe are veteran WordPress educators that are extending their expertise to the new WordPress editor.

How To Enter

Entering this contest is super simple. Leave us a short comment below about the course you’d like to take and why you think it would be helpful! We’ll pick three winners in two weeks, on Wednesday, August 15th.

Thanks again to everyone for the support! Please feel free to share this post with your social media followers to help spread the word about Gutenberg, Atomic Blocks, and this giveaway!

Winners Announced!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a comment and entered the Gutenberg course giveaway! Because of the excitement about the courses, we added a fourth winner to the list. Congrats to the winners below who were chosen at random! 

  • Bradin
  • Dahim
  • Jared Parmenter
  • Dave Warfel

We’ll be contacting the winners directly with instructions on how to redeem their course and get started with Gutenberg. We’ll also be contacting everyone who didn’t win with an exclusive discount from Zac and Joe to help you also get started. 

Posted by Mike McAlister

Founder of Array Themes and Atomic Blocks. When I'm not punching pixels or closing brackets, I'm eating pizza, listening to vinyl, and wandering around taking photos.

  1. Congrats on the milestone!

    I’d like to take Joe Casabona’s Introduction to Gutenberg course. I’m currently in the beginning stages of teaching myself to code JS–so the Development course looks appealing–but I’m fairly new to WordPress and I feel like the Intro course would be more beneficial for me as I navigate the changes with Gutenberg.

    Oh, and you have a typo on the cutoff date above. My heart dropped for a second when I thought I’d missed my chance to enter. 🙂

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    1. Oops, sorry about that typo! Thanks for the heads up.

      Happy to hear you’re interested in the course! If you haven’t visited Gutenberg News yet, you should check it out. We’re constantly adding Gutenberg, JavaScript, and WordPress tutorials and tips to it daily!

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  2. I think a big component of your success is the value you provide on the blog and with Gutenberg News.
    If Gutenberg is a chance for many, you do this right.

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    1. Thanks for your support, Przemek!

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  3. Congrats 🙂

    I would like to take Zac and Joe’s Theming with Gutenberg course. I have already completed the Gutenberg Development course so this would be a natural next step 🙂

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  4. In November I’ll give a WordPress beginners class at our community college. I was looking for a theme that supports Gutenberg and is easy to handle for beginners. Atomic Blocks just seems to fit perfectly, especially in combination with the Atomic Blocks plugin. Love the output it creates with little effort.

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    1. Many thanks for your support, Bego! We’re working on the theme and plugin everyday to make it better and better.

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  5. hi Mike,

    I would like Zac Gordon’s Gutenberg Development course. I am using your theme and plugin already and I am a big fan!

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  6. I like your plugin and I am testing and playing around with it and the theme, really a seducing working environment!

    I was so enticed that I created the german DE_de-language file for the theme and I just want to encourage others to add their language files as well

    Both, the theme and the plugin, come with a pot-file, so it is easy, just start PoEdit and begin!

    PS: I do not want to enter the give-away-list as I have enough to learn in the moment, an intensive language course (Latvian) is taking my energy ;=)

    Cheers, Connie

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    1. Hi, where can I find the DE_de-language file? I would love to have the theme translated into german!

      Best regards

      Albert

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      1. Hi Albert,

        There is a German language file in the /languages folder of the theme!

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  7. The thing I like is Array Themes always aligns their priorities with what happens in WordPress Core. For instance I use the lenscap theme and I see the theme leverages complete Jetpack functionality. Even now as soon as Gutenberg released, the team always aligns their software in the direction WordPress is moving. I love the work the team does. Keep up the awesome work.I am using Atomic Blocks and the updates are coming in like crazy. The theme is clean and awesome.

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  8. Congratulations!

    i’d love to take Zac Gordon and Joe’s Theming with Gutenberg course, i actually learn WordPress development from Zac’s courses on Teamtreehouse, and i liked how he can explain complex problems easily, and with the new WordPress update it’d be great to learn how i can make my themes compatible with the new WordPress editor.

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  9. Congratulation on the milestone. It seems like we’re slowly getting there!

    Count me in for Zac’s Gutenberg Development course as I’d love to learn more about how to start building Gutemberg-ready theme prior release.

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  10. Hi,
    Nicely done.
    I would love the courses as they are right in my todo!
    Jeroen

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  11. Grats to the 6000!!

    I would love to learn gutenberg development from zac, because I want to become a professional gutenberg developer until wp 5.0
    You could help me on my way!

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  12. Well done!

    It’s nice to see all the good stuff it’s been created around Gutenberg. Thanks and congrats for contributing to that.

    The contest it’s a brilliant idea too 🙂
    I’d love to do Zac’s Gutenberg Development course.

    Cheers!

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  13. Time to get with the program. I think the concept is great and represents a big stride forward for content editors. The courses provide some of the discipline I need to learn Gutenberg.

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  14. Yes, love what you are doing with atomic blocks! I’m aiming to build my first client project with Gutenberg, but I’m still not very familiar with the new editor, therefore the “Joe Casabona’s Introduction to Gutenberg course” would be a perfect fit! Cheers from Berlin

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  15. Congratulations to this milestone!
    Keep up the great work.

    I would like to take the Theming with Gutenberg course by Zac and Joe.
    I already have started the Gutenberg Development Course by Zac and really like what he teaches and how he teaches it.
    I hope these two courses prepare my development skills for the WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg future.

    Greetings Micha

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  16. Congrats! I’m looking forward to adding +1 to your install count later today on my personal WP playground site 😉

    I’d be thrilled to grab an entry pass to Zac’s development course. I landed my current position as a WP dev in large part due to his detailed and thoughtful courses on Treehouse. I played around with the initial GB plugin in a very early stage, and I’m looking forward to diving in again.

    Glad to see the community, and the landscape of resources, built around this new architecture growing so quickly!

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  17. Hi

    I would like Zac’s gutenberg development course because i need to learn about this gutenberg thing.😀

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  18. Hej!
    I like atomic blocks already. I started creating a new website for a friend. The Gutenberg Development course would be very helpful.

    Keep up doing what you do with atomic blocks!

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  19. I’m a big fan of Atomic Blocks. I would even pay a pro version 😉

    What I don’t like about the https://atomicblocks.com/blocks/inline-notice-block/: the style is with a round border. I can use CSS, but an individual variant would be nice.

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    1. Hey Samuel,

      I’ll keep that in mind for a style variant! Good suggestion.

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  20. Congrats on the milestone, Mike!

    I actually just installed Atomic Blocks (theme & plugin) on a new site that I’ll be launching in a few weeks. Really excited to dive in. I already LOVE what you’ve done with the welcome page. Not only is the design beautiful, but it’s super-helpful.

    I’d love to take the Theming course. I’ve been building custom WordPress themes for myself & clients for 5+ years now. Sadly, I still know little JavaScript. I’m great at finding the right resources to help me deliver quality themes for clients, but I’m intimidated by React.

    I recently released a plugin for LearnDash (free & premium versions) and it’s been received really well so far. I’ve had requests for a theme as well, and there aren’t many good ones that integrate with LearnDash. To be successful, I’ll need to include Gutenberg support. I’ve watched many of Zac & Joe’s videos in the past, and there is no one better to learn from.

    Thanks for running the contest, and I hope Array/Atomic Blocks continues its success!

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    1. Hi Dave,

      Thanks for your comment! Do not fear React! I’m under the suspicion that if I can learn it, anyone can! You might also check out this course if you really want to get a solid start. I’m working my way through that one myself and have found it very helpful.

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  21. Congrats! I love what you guys are doing here, especially the block collection plugin.

    I’d love access to the Theming with Gutenberg course. I’ve taken Zac’s Gutenberg development course and would love insight into building themes specifically with Gutenberg in mind.

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    1. Thanks for your support on Atomic Blocks, Jacob!

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  22. I would love to the Zac Gordon’s Gutenberg Development course as I’m going to start developing Gutenberg based themes and plugins.

    Thanks

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  23. Theming with Gutenberg sounds like the kind of resource I need to avoid wasting a lot of time.

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  24. It would be great to take Zac’s other course “Theming with Gutenberg”! I purchased the development course from him when it first came out and found him to be an excellent teacher.

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  25. I would like to take Zac and Joe’s Theming with Gutenberg course. Presently taking Zac Gordon’s Gutenberg Development course and have successfully used create-guten-block by Ahmad.

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  26. Congratulation to your success.
    Theming with Gutenberg by Zac is the course I plan to take.
    Thanks.

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  27. I would start with the “Gutenberg Development” course because is teaching how to use JS effectively inside WordPress.

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  28. I would like to take Zac Gordon’s Gutenberg Development course because I plan to start developing Gutenberg themes and plugins. Plus, I think Zac is a super dope educator!

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  29. Leaving a short comment 🙂

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  30. I would start with Gutenberg Development course because it teaches how to use JS inside WordPress.

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  31. I hope i’m not too late id love to take Zac and Joes Theming with Gutenberg Course. Ive learned from zac since the Treehouse days and even take do office yoga with him. i’m a big fan of his teaching style.

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  32. I’d like to take Zac Gordon’s Gutenberg Development course. Zac is a dope teacher!

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  33. Great post! Congrats on nearly 10k current downloads!

    As I’m just starting my development career, I’d absolutely love to learn from Zac Gordon’s Gutenberg Development course. I’m not an expert with PHP or React, but I think this will really help jumpstart my experience.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  34. Daniel Andersson August 14, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Yes plz let me and Mr Gutenberg combine some atomic and invent some cool blocks.

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  35. Congrats for this achievement @AtomicBlocks! Great product, easy to use, very helpful to create modern websites. I’ve built my own website using it, and it was a great experience. Keep rocking @AtomicBlocks!

    I’d like to take the Zac Gordon’s Gutenberg Development course, and the reason why it’s because I’m studying deeply the Gutenberg API and I would like to become a Gutenberg PRO and build helpful blocks for the WordPress.

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  36. I am curious. What happens to the blocks if I choose to delete the Atomic Block plugins. Will the articles look the same or will they be broken with shortcuts

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    1. Hi there,

      The blocks will still be available on the front end, but they will be broken in the admin area. You would need to convert these to other blocks, perhaps core blocks, if you wanted to keep them in the admin.

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  37. Congrats on nearly 10k downloads!

    As I’m just starting my WordPress development journey, I think Zac Gordon’s Gutenberg Development course would be helpful in giving me a headstart in the latest & greatest industry standard.

    Thanks for this opportunity!

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