Why do I have a project manager on my team? What does my project manager do all day? Why am I paying for a project manager?
One of the things that makes WebDevStudios (and our support team, Maintainn) work so well is our fantastic team.
Maybe you’ve gotten to know some of us through meeting us at events, through Twitter , through here on our blog, or heck, maybe you’ve worked with some of our folks through previous/independent collaborations. If we have had the pleasure of meeting, you already know that the folks on the WDS team are brilliant, irreverent, and hardworking folks with huge hearts…and we’re looking for a few more rad folks to add to this mix!
We’ve announced it on Twitter and otherwise, but both WDS and Maintainn are hiring! We’re seeking folks with WordPress development experience (you might have guessed that one!) who are comfortable working remotely and who are ready to join a team of incredible folks.
Check out the links below for more details on the available positions:
Share the links with your fellow dev friends and help us find the next additions to our crew! Maybe we’ll see YOU…in our virtual office!
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.
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:
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.
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.
<i class="fa fa-trash-o"></i>
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’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!):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 WebDev team listened to our concerns and goals, proposed and then implemented a solid plan and executed it on time. They made a daunting task very manageable.
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.
Thank you so much, you went above and beyond for me on this project and I really REALLY appreciate it. I will definitely be recommending and referring business to WDS based on this experience.