Level Up With jQuery Dimensions

Level Up with jQuery Dimensions
It’s hard to believe that I’m well into my second year of being a front-end dev here at WDS. It has been an awesome experience and I’m truly blessed to work with such a great group of people. Halfway through 2015, I officially caught the bug known as Javascript and I started really trying to learn the language. This inevitably also meant expanding my knowledge of jQuery.

As a quick aside, you might be asking, “jQuery in 2016? Really?” My answer to this is HECK yes. According to BuiltWith, 80% of the top 1 million websites use jQuery.

Learning Javascript is more of a marathon than a sprint.

It’s becoming more and more clear along the way there are concepts and techniques that will really go far in leveling my skill-set as a front-end developer. Two of these concepts are dimensions and offsets. For me, it’s not so much about implementing the code for these concepts but having an in-depth knowledge of their meaning.

It wasn’t until recently that I started experimenting with the real power of each concept. Use them in conjunction and you can do some pretty crazy DOM manipulation!

For this post, we will focus on dimensions and follow up with another post on offsets.

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The Official Constant Contact WordPress Plugin is Live!


No matter how many fancy new ways of advertising pop up, email marketing is still the 800 lb gorilla. Why wouldn’t it be? You add a form to your website, people sign up because they’re interested, you send them emails about what they’re interested in, they click and buy. OK, there’s a little more to it than that, but you get the idea.

Constant Contact has been a leader in the email marketing industry for the past two decades. Providing an email marketing platform for businesses of all sizes to quickly and easily get up and running with email marketing. Honestly, that’s only a sliver of what they do. Their mission statement reads: “To empower small businesses and nonprofits to grow customer relationships and succeed.” Now that’s something we can definitely get behind!

Constant Contact Forms for WordPress, a free plugin in the WordPress plugin directory, provides site owners a simple way to add forms to their site to collect data from visitors. For small business businesses looking to get their feet wet with email marketing, this plugin is a perfect fit.


When Constant Contact reached out to us about creating their official plugin, they wanted to ensure the plugin’s benefits wouldn’t be limited to existing Constant Contact users. It was important to them that site owners who have never used Constant Contact could still use the plugin to collect data from their visitors, and when they’re ready, they could sign up for a Constant Contact account right through the plugin.

For Constant Contact users, the plugin’s power goes way deeper. The plugin taps into Constant Contact’s powerful API and makes it effortless to map your form fields to the proper fields in your Constant Contact account. Each form submission can be seen in your Constant Contact account instantly. Small business owners looking to get started with email marketing are going to find the process!

We’re extremely excited to be working with Constant Contact on this project. And with the plugin being released to wordpress.org this week, we’re even more excited to get to work on some of the exciting additions we’ve got planned for the next version. Plus, the amazing support team at Pluginize will be handling all support requests via the wordpress.org support forum. So as you can see, the plugin and its users are both in great hands!

Download a copy of Constant Contact Forms for WordPress today and let us know what you think!


Helloooo Texas! WebDevStudios Does WordCamp DFW!

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Is it fall in Texas yet? We’re gonna find out! WordCamp DFW 2016 is this Saturday, September 24th, and we are GONNA BE THERE! Heck yeah! Brian will be in attendance, so grab him and say hello.

Although I find it hard to believe that any of our regular readers are unfamiliar with WordCamp (come on, now!), for those of you that are completely green: WordCamps are events held all over the world where WordPress nerds unite to share their skills, insights, and learn a whole lot from a bunch of other smarties.

We’ve picked out a few presentations that caught our eye. Check them out, and we hope we’ll see you there!

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Free Webinar: Turn Your WordPress Site Into a Mobile App


Wow, where does the time go? It has already been two months since our previous webinar. As you may recall, our CEO, Brad Williams, shared his experience working with WordPress in the enterprise space. The hour-long webinar was filled with great information from Brad and wrapped up with a number of excellent questions from the live audience. It felt just like being at a WordPress conference, except the entire audience was in their PJs (or so we assume! I know I was.).

We had such a great time doing the first webinar, we wanted to turn right around and do it all over again. So mark your calendar: On October 6th, 2016, we’re hosting our next webinar: Your WordPress Site Into a Mobile App, hosted by me, John Hawkins.

A couple of months back, after being head down in AppPresser, I decided to learn firsthand what it takes to turn a WordPress site into a mobile app. I wanted to learn the entire process, from start to finish (using both AppPresser and otherwise), and so I did!

If you’ve been wondering how to do it, don’t miss this opportunity to pick my brain on the process. I’ll be sharing what worked, what didn’t, the shortcuts I discovered, and the pitfalls I came across.

Here are the details:

Turn Your WordPress Site Into A Mobile App

Date: October 6th, 2016
Time: 1pm – 2pm ET

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The webinar is totally free; all you have to do is sign up! For those of you who can’t make it day of, we will be providing a recording of the talk as well–just make sure you put your info in beforehand so we can send it out to you afterward.

We hope to see you there (and psst…if there are any questions that are pressing now and that you’d like to see addressed, drop them in the comments)!


My Local: Getting Started with Laravel Homestead

Getting Started with Laravel Homestead

Developers have their own way of working, and I’m no exception. With a half a dozen apps running at any given time to make my code structure, workflow, and deployments as smooth as possible, I depend on simple easy-to-use tools to get things done. However, the one thing that is constantly changing is the local work environment. This is all based on preference, personal tastes, and your job. I build websites on WordPress with Laravel Homestead.

My local development environment for this is Laravel Homestead. Homestead is free and runs in VirtualBox (or VMware), on Vagrant and includes, Ubuntu 16.04, Git, PHP 7.0, HHVM, Nginx, MySQL, MariaDB, Sqlite3, Postgres, Composer, Node (With PM2, Bower, Grunt, and Gulp), Redis, Memcached and Beanstalkd.

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Hello WordCamp Salt Lake City!

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Fall’s arrival is nearly official, and we’re ready for another awesome WordCamp! WordCamp Salt Lake City 2016 is THIS SATURDAY, September 10th, 2016, and one of our Developer Leads, Chris Reynolds, is not just presenting, but is also an organizer.

Although I find it hard to believe that any of our regular readers are unfamiliar with WordCamp (come on, now!), for those of you that are completely green: WordCamps are events held all over the world where WordPress nerds unite to share their skills, insights, and learn a whole lot from a bunch of other smarties.

Below, we’ve picked out a few presentations that caught our eye, and we hope we’ll see you there!

Check it:

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The Six Questions Developers Need to Ask Before Turning in Tasks

Developers, ask yourself these six questions before turning in any task

Everyday I spend time working on products for our great clients, I specifically spend a great deal of it writing code and building features. But I’m not just creating new features, I’m also creating new opportunities…opportunities to break that product. Here are the questions developers need to ask before turning in their tasks, and how they’re going to help you code smarter.

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Make Your Company Values Count: Show; Don’t Tell.

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Even if you don’t know anything about writing, you’ve probably heard of the age old adage, “Show; don’t tell.”

In creative writing, that means presenting the story in a way that lets the reader infer what the characters are feeling or thinking based on context clues. Rather than simply saying, “Roland never respected Sandra,” a writer might create scenes that include pieces of information like:

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