Gutenberg Enhanced: 2024 Portfolio Transformation

Introduction to Gutenberg Enhanced:

In the realm of web development, showcasing your work effectively is paramount. A well-constructed portfolio not only highlights your skills but also serves as a pivotal tool for attracting future opportunities. Recognizing this, I embarked on a journey to elevate my portfolio, transitioning from Divi to WordPress’s native Gutenberg editor. This strategic move was driven by the desire for enhanced performance, greater control over customization, and a seamless content management experience. So I decided to write this article entitled “Gutenberg Enhanced: A Portfolio Transformation in 2024. Below I explore the technical intricacies of this transformation and the benefits it brings.

Gutenberg Enhanced: A Portfolio Transformation in 2024

The Shift to Gutenberg: Technical Benefits Uncovered

Gutenberg, WordPress’s block editor, marks a significant leap forward in content editing. Unlike Divi, which relies on shortcodes and external styling, Gutenberg integrates directly with WordPress, offering a native, block-based editing environment. This integration not only streamlines the development process but also results in a cleaner, more efficient codebase. By utilizing Gutenberg, I’ve leveraged the following technical advantages:

  1. Improved Performance: Gutenberg’s lightweight structure and reliance on native WordPress functionality mean less bloat and faster page load times.
  2. Enhanced SEO: Clean, semantic HTML output by Gutenberg improves search engine visibility, an essential factor for any portfolio.
  3. Future-Proofing: Being a core part of WordPress, Gutenberg ensures compatibility with future updates, reducing the need for extensive reworks.

Twenty Twenty-Four: A Foundation for Creativity

Choosing Twenty Twenty-Four a Gutenberg enhanced theme as the basis for my portfolio was a deliberate decision to harness WordPress 6.4.3’s latest advancements. To tailor this theme to my unique requirements, I developed a child theme from scratch. This approach allowed me to:

  • Customize with Confidence: By making modifications to a child theme, I ensured that my customizations remained intact through theme updates, preserving the longevity of my portfolio’s design and functionality.
  • Implement Custom Features: The child theme framework enabled me to introduce specific functionalities tailored to my portfolio, such as a custom “Back to Top” button directly in the functions.php file. This not only enhances usability but also demonstrates the capability to integrate practical, custom-coded solutions.

Innovating with Image Optimization: The WebP Convert Plugin

In pursuit of optimal performance, within the Gutenberg enhanced theme, I recognized the need to address image loading times. To this end, I developed a custom plugin that automatically converts PNG and JPG images to the more efficient WebP format. This conversion process significantly reduces image file sizes without compromising quality, leading to faster page loading and an improved user experience. The technical foundation of this plugin involves:

  • Automated Conversion: The plugin hooks into the WordPress media upload process, automatically converting uploaded images to WebP format.
  • Fallback Compatibility: Ensuring backward compatibility, the plugin gracefully falls back to the original image format in browsers that do not support WebP.

If you want to know more about the plugin you can read this article.
If you want to help with the maintenance of the plugin you can buy the plugin here. Of course, if you can’t afford the cost of it you can always go to the repo and download it.

The Merits of Minimalism: A Plugin Philosophy

Adopting a minimalist approach to plugins has been a cornerstone of my portfolio’s redesign. This philosophy is rooted in the understanding that each additional plugin introduces potential points of failure and complexity. By focusing on essential functionalities and leveraging custom code where necessary, I’ve achieved:

  • Enhanced Security: Fewer plugins mean fewer vulnerabilities, making the portfolio more secure against potential threats.
  • Streamlined Updates: A lean plugin setup simplifies the update process, reducing the risk of conflicts and ensuring smooth operation.


The technical journey of revamping my portfolio has been both challenging and rewarding. Through the strategic adoption of Gutenberg, the creation of a custom child theme, and the development of a bespoke image optimization plugin, I’ve crafted a portfolio that not only showcases my skills but also embodies the principles of performance, usability, and future-readiness.

Thank you for delving into the technical aspects of my portfolio’s evolution. Whether you’re a fellow developer seeking to enhance your own portfolio or a potential client interested in the technical prowess behind my work, I hope this exploration provides valuable insights and inspiration.

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