WordPress Design Hierarchy

In an earlier blog post, I wrote about Plugin Strategy to maximize the power of the core WordPress system by closely connecting functional customizations to core APIs. I’d also like to share that WordPress core – and by extension WooCommerce – cleanly optimizes design output in a very maintainable hierarchy.

The components to this design hierarchy, if you imagine them inside a pyramid from top to bottom, are: CMS framework, theme, child theme, plugins, custom plugins, post types, page levels, section levels, row levels, and block levels.

Popular responsive framework builders (plugin or theme versions available) are Divi* + Divi Commerce, Beaver Builder*, and the Gutenberg editor (currently in beta testing for WP core). These bring a wealth of design capabilities to your sites and to WooCommerce shopping, product, cart, and checkout pages. They can in some regards provide a faster, simpler, and cacheable design tempting system that replaces the need for certain categories of plugins or extensions.

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