Mentoring and Sharing Knowledge

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Author’s note: I know the term ‘mentor’ can be used in varying ways in different industries. In this post, I’m using it to describe supporting others in learning environments to gain (coding) skills.

My first inklings towards web development were as a teenager, customizing Livejournal themes and creating sites that may or may not have included boyband fan fiction. The path was definitely not a straightforward ‘A to B’ scenario but more of a winding ‘A to J to X to D’ type of deal. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I hit a point where I realized, “Oh, this thing that I used to love doing is out there and it could be my job!”

I started by taking a one-off workshop at a Canadian organization called “Ladies Learning Code,” which ended up being the gateway into a path that connected me with a whole new community of people and skills. And now, I’m in a place where I can give back to the coding community by being a volunteer mentor and/or assistant for LLC workshops.Continue Reading

How to Migrate a Widget to a Custom Post Type

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Recently, one of my favorite themes, Zerif Lite, was suspended from the WordPress repo. As I was reading about the issues involved, it got me thinking: Just how hard is it to migrate a widget to a Custom Post Type? According to ThemeIsle, this was one of the factors which led to their decision, arguing that “changing this in an existing theme means that whoever’s currently using it will get their site messed up.” Let me be clear: I refuse to take sides here, as there are valid points from both parties, so let’s leave the drama somewhere else. For now, let’s move forward and do something productive. Let’s migrate those old widgets.
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Form vs Function in WordPress

In the mid-20th Century, the concept Form Follows Function came out of the architecture industry. The basic idea is that the outside of the building should reflect the functional interior. This means designing the interior structure before designing the outward appearance of the building. 

When building a WordPress website, you have two main parts to code. We can also think of these as Form and Function. The Form is the visual aspects of the website that the user sees and interacts with, and the Function is the code that the visual and interactive components are built upon.Continue Reading

Holiday Charity Challenge

WebDevStudios (WDS) believes in giving back. Between sharing knowledge and donating time at WordCamps, to Five for the Future, to raising money for charity during the holidays, WDS is up to doing good. This holiday season, we decided to make our charity fundraising efforts a friendly competition between our team members.

We divided into three teams, each named after one of Santa’s reindeer. Selecting a tech-based beneficiary, our challenge is to raise the most money for our chosen charity. While there is no prize involved for the winning team, there are bragging rights to be had and satisfaction in knowing we accomplished something altruistic. Even the teams who fall short in the competition have something to be proud about, because win or lose, all money collected will go to each team’s nonprofit.

Below, listed in alphabetical order are the charity fundraising teams and their selected organizations. All are varied. So, if you spot a cause you support, we implore you to get involved with our efforts and make a donation! You can even give anonymously, but know that anything given is deeply appreciated by everyone at WDS.

So explore the list, find a charity you like, and click to donate. It’s a win-win situation for WDS, the selected charities, and you. Happy holidays!Continue Reading

Five for the Future: December Contributions

Every month, WebDevStudios (WDS) participates in Five for the Future by contributing our team’s skills to enhance and strengthen WordPress. WDS team members are given carte blanche to work on whatever project they like, as a team or individually, so long as it aids in growing the WordPress pie and benefits the overall community.

We believe in giving back. Each month, we participate in Five for the Future by donating an entire workday to the WordPress project and encouraging our employees to do something that makes WordPress a better product. Here are just some of the tasks we accomplished during our last Five for the Future day, which took place on December 2nd.Continue Reading

WordCamp US Wrap Up – Best of the Best

It was the best of times, it was the… well, it was simply the best of times at WordCamp US 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. Saturated with top notch WordPress experts and enthusiasts alike, WordCamp US (WCUS) was educational, informative, inspiring, and filled with opportunities to exchange ideas and make new contacts.

Lots happened. This blog post would be endless if we ran through it all. Instead, here are just a few of WebDevStudio’s (WDS) favorite moments, in no particular order.Continue Reading

WordCamp US 2016 – Final Year in Philly

It’s kind of a big deal, and we’re super excited to be a part of it. WordCamp US (WCUS) is happening this weekend, December 2-4, in Philadelphia, PA. It’s the last year that Philly will play host, so we expect this year’s WCUS to be especially eventful.

Not only does WebDevStudios (WDS) have 11 team members who are attending, but our very own COO Lisa Sabin-Wilson is a featured speaker, tackling the topic of BuddyPress as the Foundation for Training, Distance Learning and Support for Business and Government on Saturday, December 3 at 11:30 a.m. in Liberty Bell – Room 120.

Additionally, we have two team members who are actively involved in putting it all together. Both Brad Williams, WDS CEO, and Jodie Riccelli, WDS Client Strategist, have been co-organizers of WCUS for the past two years.Continue Reading

Create Faster Apps with AppPresser 3

Last week, AppPresser 3 was announced with improved features and enhanced elements. Everything about it is new, making it more than just an update. AppPresser 3 is a whole new experience! See for yourself:

  • My AppPresser – This online dashboard makes it so easy to create, customize, and manage your projects.
  • Visual App Builder – Customize and add features to your apps. See results instantly. (We like to think this is one of the coolest features of AppPresser 3.)
  • Faster Performance – Need we say more? Apps perform better and load faster.
  • Better Offline Support – Even when offline, apps load at optimum speed.
  • Custom Pages – It’s super simple to create non-WordPress or offline pages. Add them to your app in just a few clicks.
  • Free Push Notifications – Stop paying a third party provider a monthly fee. Now, push notifications are included with AppPresser 3!

Get all the ins and outs of AppPresser 3 and watch the demo webinar posted at AppPresser’s website. Plus, read attendee submitted questions and see all the answers.

And if you’re ready to dive into AppPresser 3, read the latest blog post to learn about initial setup and the basics of building an app.Continue Reading

5 Signs It Might Be Time to Stop Freelancing

It’s a story I think many of us in the web industry, and especially the WordPress industry, relate to: you love building websites as a hobby, and you’re good at it. You spend all your time reading up on the latest coding standards and trying out cool hacks to your weekend workflow. You build some sites for fun, some for friends and family, and people really love your work. You start going to meetups and WordCamps, getting a little more involved, and you see all kinds of folks making their income in all different ways, and you think, “Huh, I could do that.” So you take the plunge – you quit your day job and go full-time as a freelancer.

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