3 Great WordPress Themes for Portfolio Sites

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Recently, we showed you how to create a filterable portfolio and included a free starter theme suitable for portfolio sites. However, if you’re more of a designer than a developer, customizing a starter theme might not be what you prefer to do. To save you the time, we’re going to showcase three great WordPress themes that will fit any portfolio site. Best of all, they’re free and you can download them straight from your WordPress dashboard.

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10 Things I Learned Migrating Websites to WordPress

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Since joining WDS, I’ve had the awesome opportunity to be a part of our internal migrations team and create scripts to help migrate sites for Microsoft to WordPress. It’s an ongoing joke about my joy for migrations because in my initial interview I expressed that I wasn’t too fond of them and plugins were my thing. Boy, was I in for a surprise, because I’ve been studying and writing migrations scripts for almost a year now.

This post is born out of a year of challenges, growth, and my new found love and respect for the beast known as WordPress Migrations. Its purpose is to help those who may be entering this space for the first time or needing to refine their processes become more efficient (and make some more money) doing migrations.

This is not an exhaustive list, but here are ten things that I learned migrating websites to WordPress:

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Empowering Women in WordPress

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When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother, “What will I be?”

I used to think that the only jobs for women included only nursing, teaching, or being a mother. I had no clue that there would be something called the Internet, and that I would be making websites for it and teaching others how to code. Since its inception, the technology fields have always been under-represented by women, and there is a lack of positive female role models in the computer and IT Industry as a whole. One place where the balance is more equal is within the WordPress Community.

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Mapping Icon Fonts with Sass

Mapping Icon Fonts with Sass

I love Sass, and I love using icon fonts.

However, I do not like the limitations of using inline non-semantic, presentational markup to place these wonderful symbols, e.g.

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What if we could keep the embellishments in our stylesheet, minimize the HTML markup, and keep things a bit more semantic?

I think we can, and this is what we’ll accomplish in a few steps. I first came across this approach from Jayden Seric’s post, Fun With Sass & Font Icons.

We’ll be using the Font Awesome icon library for this example. Font Awesome offers a comprehensive library of icons, and they’re all free and GPL compatible.

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WebDevStudios Does PressNomics 2015!

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We’re excited to say that several members of the WebDevStudios team will be in attendance at PressNomics 2015! It’s almost here!

For those of you who aren’t familiar:

PressNomics is a conference that was started by Joshua Strebel, CEO of Page.ly, in an effort to create a space where the economics of WordPress could be discussed by the “who’s who” of WordPress business owners and innovators.

WDS has attended for the last few years, and our own Dre Armeda is known as “The Godfather” of PressNomics. After all, the idea for PressNomics was inspired by some good old-fashioned Skype brainstorming over whiskey and “Josh-tinis” (ingredients: top-secret) about what Joshua and Dre would like to see develop in the WordPress community. While Dre was focused on WordCamp San Diego, Joshua stepped forward to make their vision a reality, and PressNomics was born.

The first PressNomics started with a mere 125 attendees, but in a few short years, has grown dramatically. This next PressNomics is anticipating 270 WordPress minded folk to skill-share, network, and examine the industry that has been born of our favorite platform’s flexibility.

Will we see you there? If so, make sure to let us know! Brad, Lisa, and Dre will be in attendance; be sure to say hi if you can! We’ve created a small resource guide below–here’s a few things you definitely don’t want to miss (oh, and a few places you’ll be able to track us down for that hello!):

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Getting started with Vagrant & VVV for local development

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When I started doing web development, I think I started the way a lot of us did. You have a site you want to work on, so you connect with FTP, download a file, modify it, upload it back up, and then refresh the page to see if your changes worked. This process doesn’t really work when you’re working with a team of people, or on a site that people are actively going to. If your teammate edits the same file as you, someone’s changes may be lost, and if you upload something with an error in it, you may break the site for people currently browsing it. This isn’t a fun process.

The solution to combat this “cowboy coding” is to not work directly on a server, but rather on a server that is on your local machine. There are a ton of ways to do this, and I’ll walk you through what I do.

When doing any sort of design or development, you want to work locally. This is the best way to develop, and has tons of benefits. Like these:
  • Faster. No waiting for files to upload via FTP before you can refresh your browser and see your changes.
  • Easier debugging. Because everything is running on your system, setting up and using xDebug or other debugging tools is quite a bit easier.
  • Don’t need an internet connection work on things.
  • Less fear of screwing up. When working locally, you’re free to experiment and play around, as your work is not affecting current users.

I use Vagrant and a nifty tool called Varying Vagrant Vagrants (VVV) to power my local development. This, coupled with some tools I’ve written to make my life easier, is a very enjoyable way to work locally. I’ll walk through setting up VVV, as well as a helper tool VV, and how to use both.

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Welcome in the New Year with WebDevStudios

If you were wondering whether WebDevStudios has a new look, you have one keen eye! What better time to start fresh than at the beginning of the year? For many folks, the new year is a time for reflection, reassessment, and setting the bar that we each measure ourselves by just a little bit higher, and WDS is no exception.

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We have been around for quite some time now; for those of you who aren’t familiar with our history, WDS started as a two man operation that is now a team of over thirty folks. The site you are familiar with has been our mainstay (with a few updates here and there) for the last five years; we’ve grown so much since then and we wanted to launch a new site that reflected not only who we’ve become, but who we plan to be.
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Have you Tuned into WP Late Night?

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WP Late Night is one of the newest WordPress podcasts hosted by Dre Armeda, Ryan Imel and WebDevStudios’ Brad Williams. Each week the guys sit down (sometime with a special guest!) and discuss current events in the WordPress world such as WordPress updates, new products, WordCamps, and more.

WP Late Night is certainly not your average tech podcast. The hosts say that WP Late Night is the closest you can get to a WordCamp after party, in handy podcast form and this is no exaggeration. Along with normal WordPress chat there are plenty of beers, sound effects, costume changes and all around tomfoolery.

Get in on the WP Late Night action by joining in the live interactive chat. Find out about upcoming episodes on Facebook or at WPLateNight.com and listen in live on the WP Candy livestream.

Missed out on the live recording? Tune in to the latest episode (or any past episode) on YouTubeiTunes, or download the MP3 file.

WP Late Night airs live every Wednesday at 8pm Eastern. Tune in tonight!

Make a Resolution to Maintain a Secure Website in 2012!

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WDS WordPress SupportWelcome to 2012! As a new year begins many people make resolutions to start the year off right. At WebDevStudios, we think that great new year’s resolution should also apply to your websites! Many people use WordPress to power their business websites and blogs, but they are not securing their websites from potential security breaches and hackers.  All it takes is a little malicious code in order to completely turn off your readers or shut down your site completely. In order to encourage everyone to keep their sites up and running and secure, we are offering a special for the month of January.

For this month only we are offering a $25 off each support hours purchased this year when you sign up for one of our annual maintenance packages!* Our maintenance packages give you the peace of mind that you always have a recent backup of your website and it is running on the most recent and secure version of WordPress.

By signing up for one of our maintenance packages you have the opportunity to purchase some support hours at a discounted price and get those little miscellaneous tasks you’ve been thinking about completed!  Support hours can be used to update your website with design changes, additional features, speed improvements and more!**

Read more about our Maintenance Packages, Support Blocks or Contact Us now for more details on signing up!

* Maintenance package purchase must be completed by January 31, 2012. All packages are sold on an annual basis.

** Valid on any support hours purchase before December 31, 2012. Support hours are sold in blocks of 5 hours.