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Google’s new tool will help you build a knockout website

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The WordPress add-on will allow users to replicate the experience of Google’s first-party site – and without the need for coding. Thanks, Google. Now accessible to business-level WordPress users, the plugin allows you to customise colours and icons on your sites to align with the Material Design theme, which famously uses layers and replicates depth through lighting and shadows. For more options for building an awesome site, choose a top website builder and these brilliant web hosting services.

There’s a choice of three preset themes (Image credit: Google)

Until now, the Material Design theme was only available for use on Android apps. But as of right now, those creating webpages will be able to use Google Fonts to add attention-grabbing typography, brighten things up with the perfect colour theme, create custom shapes and pick from a range of icon styles, too. There is a choice of three preset themes (which can be tweaked to customise), or users can create custom themes.

Google recognises the tool is in its infancy, and embraces the impact early users could have on the capabilities of the plugin, asking for improvement suggestions from users.

“We want to use this time to learn more about what you want and need from a Material experience for WordPress,” Jonathan Bingham, the Material Design product manager explained to users. “Love it? Hate it? What features would you like to see? Your feedback can help us understand what people building content-oriented sites need from a design system, making Material for the web better for everyone.”

The preset themes are tweakable, or you can create a custom theme (Image credit: Google)

Given 40 per cent of the world’s websites are created with WordPress, Google has chosen to bring its aesthetic to the maximum amount of users by plugging itself into WordPress. You can get involved by installing the starter themes right here.

We just hope users create websites that vary in theme, because as this viral Twitter thread proves, websites have been a little difficult to tell apart lately. Can you spot the difference?

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Google Home App Gets an Overhaul, Rolling Out Soon

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Google refreshes its Home app with a slew of new features after launching a new Nest gear. This makes it faster and easier to pair smart devices with Matter, adds customization and personalization options, an enhanced Nest camera experience, and better intercommunication between devices.

This revamped Home app utilizes Google’s Matter smart home standard – launching later this year – especially the Fast Pair functionality. On an Android phone, it will instantly recognize a Matter device and allow you to easily set it up, bypassing the current procedure that is often slow and difficult. Google is also updating its Nest speakers, displays, and routers – to control Matter devices better.

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  • Spaces: This feature allows you to control multiple devices in different rooms. Google has listed a few things by room: kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc., although it’s pretty limited right now. Spaces let you organize devices how you see fit. For instance, you can set up a baby monitor in one room and set a different room’s camera to focus on an area the baby often plays. With Spaces, you can categorize these two devices into one Space category called ‘Baby.’

Google Home app Spaces

  • Favorites: This one is pretty self-explanatory. It allows you to make certain gears as a favorite that you frequently use. Doing so will bring those devices into the limelight within the Google Home app for easier access. 

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  • Media: Google adds a new media widget at the bottom of your Home feed. This will automatically determine what media is playing in your home and provide you with the appropriate controls as and when needed. There will be song controls if you listen to music on your speakers. There will be television remote controls if you’re watching TV. 

Google probably won’t roll out this Home app makeover anytime soon. But you can try it for yourself in the coming week by enrolling in the public preview, available in select areas.

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