WWW… Wednesday! Gust
by Taylor Slattery | November 23, 2021
WordPress is an incredibly popular platform and for good reason. With a large selection of themes to choose from and an approachable interface, WordPress makes for a great starting point for beginners making all sorts of sites. However, as your site or business grows, you may find that WordPress struggles to grow along with you. Finding themes and plugins to match your needs can become increasingly difficult, and the premade solutions just no longer cut it. You need something custom, but all of your content is already hosted on WordPress—fortunately, you don’t need to leave to have your cake and eat it too.
Gust is a Tailwind CSS theme that brings the utility of Tailwind to WordPress. For those unfamiliar, Tailwind is a CSS framework popular among developers for its utility-first approach. Tailwind uses logical classes for commonly used organizational principles and parameters that makes it easy to build functional, stylish websites using only markup. It’s incredibly robust, including just about any feature you could possibly need. It provides developers the tools and flexibility to quickly bring any design to life, with aesthetics that rival the premade theme solutions.
Gust merges the customization power and flexibility of Tailwind with WordPress, the CMS and suite of plugins you know and love, so you don’t need to start over from scratch to build something that meets your growing needs. For users who have outgrown their themes and are looking for more customization, Gust offers the ability to endlessly tweak components to your liking using an approachable interface that makes the task less intimidating than working strictly in markup. Gust is also likely to win fans among the developer crowd for whom WordPress is notoriously loathed, due to the utility and sheer flexibility of Tailwind.
For everybody else, Gust will provide a much-welcomed chance to customize your site beyond the confines of themes designed by somebody else. Gust allows you to adjust the Tailwind config file to your liking, changing any and everything to match your brand, from colors to fonts and more. Gust’s page builder makes this process approachable even for those without markup experience, so you can be confident you’re getting the most of what Tailwind has to offer regardless of experience level.
For those looking for a bit more customization, but not yet ready to leave WordPress, Gust offers the best of both worlds. Gust is free to try—you can learn more and try it out for yourself here.
Taylor is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Taylor is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Design Lead at Weirdsleep.