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Updates are now available for Restaurant Reservations, Food and Drink Menu and Business Profile. These updates provide blocks for the new editor in WordPress 5.0, making shortcodes obsolete and giving you a better preview of your content.

With Restaurant Reservations you can quickly add your booking form to any page or post.

With Business Profile you can add your contact card.

And Food and Drink Menu gives you three new blocks to use. One for your menus.

One for your menu sections.

And one for your menu items.

Used with the new editor’s column block, you can now build complex layouts without using any shortcodes.

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Today I am retiring all of my themes and will no longer be selling them. I will continue to provide my plugins and sell all the same addons.

If you have previously purchased one of my themes, your theme will continue to work. Your license has been extended indefinitely and you will be able to access any future updates to the themes from the Customer Account area.

Why are the themes being retired?

WordPress 5.0 will be released today with Gutenberg, a brand new editor for writing content and building landing pages.

Gutenberg has a lot to offer WordPress websites.  I believe it will make things better for the majority of my customers. Most of them are web or digital marketing professionals who build lots of websites for clients.

Usually, they must learn a new way of doing things for each theme they buy, which leads to frustration and uncertainty both in buying the themes and actually using them.

In time, I hope that Gutenberg will provide a more consistent way for themes to provide rich layout options. If that happens, the WordPress community will be able to work faster, with more confidence, producing better websites.

I have always tried to build products that are as easy to use as possible. I invested heavily in the Customizer, WordPress’s live editing interface, to give customers an easy, fail-proof way to build a great homepage with my themes.

With Gutenberg, WordPress is building a first-class live editing experience that is entirely independent of the Customizer. Over time, products that don’t integrate tightly with Gutenberg will seem outdated, clunky, and confusing — exactly what I have sought to avoid in my own themes.

Why not just update the themes for Gutenberg?

To be frank, I never got my footing in the market for WordPress themes. I put a great deal of time into providing an end-to-end experience for restaurants. But I don’t think my values ever aligned with what the majority of customers in the theme market wanted to buy.

Today, themes are a small fraction of my sales. Financially, I can’t justify the effort it would take to convert the layout and design management tools I built over to Gutenberg.

Should I change themes?

No. My themes will continue to work as they always have without any problems after WordPress 5.0 is released. I will continue to address any significant compatibility issues that arise.

You will notice, however, that many of the rich layout options provided by Gutenberg will not display as nicely as they should. That’s because my themes were not designed with these components in mind, and I won’t be updating them with new styles.

If you are using my Luigi or Augustan themes, you will notice that you can now edit the homepage directly by going to Pages and editing the homepage. You can do this, but if you want to take advantage of the theme’s homepage layout tools, you should leave this screen alone.

Instead, go to the Customizer > Homepage Editor interface you’ve always used to edit the homepage content.

Otherwise, the themes should continue to work as you are used to, and as is described in the user guides.

What about the plugins?

I will continue to maintain and improve my reservations, menus and SEO plugins. I hope to improve their integration with Gutenberg and plan to continue supporting them for years to come.

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Restaurant Reservations v1.7.7 has been released. This update adds a couple of features to help you comply with GDPR, the new European privacy legislation that will come into force on 25 May, 2018.

What is GDPR?

If you haven’t heard of GDPR, read this Introduction to GDPR from Heather Burns, a legal consultant for the web, who is active in the WordPress community here in the UK.

Acquiring consent

To help you comply with GDPR, Restaurant Reservations v1.7.7 allows you to add a confirmation field to the booking form that requires customers to consent to the collection of their data. You can configure this confirmation field under the Bookings > Settings > General > Privacy section in your WordPress admin area.

Deleting customer data

GDPR gives customers the right to request that all data stored about them is deleted. You can now delete all bookings related to a single email address. To do this, find the Submitted By column in the Bookings list. Click the Delete Customer link there to delete booking information related to that email address. You will not be able to undo this.

If you are using the MailChimp addon, you may need to remove the user from any mailing lists they’ve been subscribed to through MailChimp’s website.

Am I GDPR-compliant now?

The GDPR legislation is comprehensive and complex. These new features will help you comply with certain specifications of the law, but they alone may not make your website fully compliant.

I encourage you to investigate further to determine if there is more you need to do to be compliant.

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