As a Front-end WordPress Developer, I’ve become an avid reader of WordPress Tavern; their articles are always relevant to me and of a very high quality with just the right amount of new information. Their recently published article, 6 WordPress Things I’m Thankful For by Jeff Chandler is no exception, and got me inspired to ponder about what in WordPress I am most grateful for and write this article. The obvious answer that most people who I know would give is the community that surrounds WordPress, which I would definitely agree with. I have met amazing new friends and have felt a strong community of support and encouragement from my peers. But what about the application itself, the one software that all the fuss is about? It must be the marvelous piece of magic open-source code to support and inspire more smart and passionate group of professionals, business owners, and hobbyists to continue create amazing and increasingly bigger and more complex websites with this community-developed software.
To truly appreciate the grace and elegance of WordPress the application, you must first consider when web publishing was not so graceful; and most times, down-right clumsy. Around 1996, there was Geocities, and for a while that was the way for the average person to have any kind presence on the internet. There was a WYSIWYG page builder, or you could upload your own files via File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Tables were used for advanced layouts and obnoxious animated .gifs littered the entire webosphere. The worst part, however, was not the blink tag, but the enormous amount of black Times New Roman text on gray backgrounds that were displayed by most browsers then when a default font or page color was not specified. Not that there were many choices at the time. CSS, as we know it today, did not become widely supported by most modern browsers until 2004.Continue Reading
At the end of September, Matt Mullenweg published a blog post outlining his vision of Five for the Future. DradCast interviewed Matt at WordCamp San Francisco 2014, here’s what he had to say:
WebDevStudios is Dedicated to the Future of WordPress
Since the start of WebDevStudios, we have always been big advocates of giving back to the WordPress project and community. Over the years we’ve tried various official ways to contribute as a company, but have never figured out the best way to do it.
Are you a school administrator, municipality representative, or local government agency stuck wondering why you’re burdened with an antiquated, expensive and proprietary content management system that is simply impossible to manage at scale?
Join us Thursday, December 4th (5PM-8PM EST) at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
UPDATE: This event has been postponed. A new date will be set in early 2015. Please register below to continue receiving event updates.
The NYC Happy Hour is a social gathering to chat WordPress with local leaders in education, and government. The event is focused around the large-scale use of WordPress in schools, and local agencies. We have some great speakers lined up to talk to you about their experiences working together to leverage the world’s most used (24% of the internet) content management platform. Continue Reading
I’ve been working with WordPress since 2006, but never on WordPress. In other words, I’ve never contributed code. Excited and nervous at the same time, I started asking other team members for help.
It was suggested that I start with the handbook, however, my head was spinning about three paragraphs in! What I really wanted… was someone to show me.
Thankfully, Michael Beckwith had a moment, and we jumped on a screen-share and he walked me through the process. It’s really quite easy, and an hour later I had submitted my first patch. I can’t believe I was nervous! Continue Reading
I spoke at WordCamp SLC last month on the topic of WordPress search. Why did I speak on the topic of WordPress search? you might ask. I mean, everybody knows WordPress search is dumb and doesn’t work very well, you might add.
I’m glad you asked that question!
My talk (slides avaialable) was based on the pretext that there are three common misconceptions of WordPress search by users and developers alike:
As a multiple website owner and WordPress front-end developer, I am passionate about website security and privacy practices, and the applications and requirements as a modern web developer. I have come to learn that just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should. Care must be given to the type of information stored, where it is stored, and how it is transmitted through the interwebs, the resulting consequences range from moderate to severe, but most are avoidable through a little bit of old-fashioned research and prevention.
I am not a lawyer, but I do have many years of practical website building experience, so I would encourage you to discuss your specific concerns with a lawyer. I am going to explain several privacy related topics in a very general way, but in hopes that your interest may be piqued to learn more about each and how they are applicable to you and your website. This is by no means a comprehensive guide, however, more intended as an overview of several general areas of concern. I would like to share my experience with you in hopes that you will avoid the consequences of being naive when it comes to compliance and laws governing transactions that include sensitive information.Continue Reading
This year, WordCamp San Francisco is being held from Saturday, October 25th to Sunday, October 26th. There will also be a WordPress Community Summit on Monday, October 27th as well as; Contributor days on Tuesday, October 28th and Wednesday, October 29th.
Don’t worry if you can’t physically make it to the WordCamp, they’re live streaming the whole thing! Tickets are still available here — and in our humble opinion, it’s worth every penny. The amount of knowledge you can walk away with from this conference is mind blowing.
The WDS team is excited to experience WordCamp San Francisco and connect with the people who love what they love — WordPress!
MediaElement.js has come packaged with WordPress core since version 3.6. The MediaElement.js API page gives a good introduction to installing the library and including it in a project. However, examples on how use and extend it are lacking. The easiest way to extend MediaElement is to connect with the event listeners that it includes. Continue Reading
WebDevStudios wrote the books on WordPress
Professional WordPress Design & Development, 3rd Ed.
Lisa, Brad and the entire team at WebDev are friendly, honest, and always bring great solutions to the table. We’ve been really impressed with their development team’s level of professionalism and expertise. They did a great job on building Crime Feed and we’re looking forward to launching more projects with WebDev this year.
Throughout this design project, we were consistently pleased and impressed by the work done. The guys at WebDevStudios know WordPress. They were able to solve every problem, and deliver every feature we requested, even when it meant building something from scratch. What we wanted wasn’t going to be easy, but they were able to deliver it superbly.
Since we knew exactly what we wanted our site to be and how it should look, we worked very closely with the team. They were both attentive and prompt, and make changes quite readily as we requested them.
The WebDevStudios team was amazing to work with. They were very professional and easily accessible. They worked hard to create a vision for the website, incorporating all of our requests and feedback. Every question was answered quickly and the team went above and beyond what we asked of them.
We have been very pleased with the excellent responsiveness and expertise of the team at WebDevStudios. I am particularly impressed with the way in which WebDevStudios has taken ownership of this entire application, recommending new functionality and features to improve the application significantly beyond our original specification.
I am honored and glad to be a part of the WebDevStudios client family. I love my website. I enjoyed working with April, Justin and Scott. I greatly appreciate the professionalism, creativity, responsiveness and guidance given to me throughout the entire design process.
My previous designer’s deadline was months overdue. Brad & Chris picked up where my other guy left off. Gave me a time and date the project would be done and nailed it! Love the professionalism! Love the design!
Lisa Sabin-Wilson was the perfect designer for my project. She’s a fellow book author, so she has a personal understanding of what readers want and need on an author’s site. She also has a knack for interpreting the client’s ideas into something incredible. I utilized her services dually because I learned how to use WordPress via her book WordPress for Dummies, and there wasn’t one design I saw on Lisa’s site that isn’t gorgeous.