Just over two years ago, I wrote a blog post about accessibility basics, where I introduced readers to accessibility APIs from a 30,000 foot view. Near the end, I proclaimed that WebDevStudios is “committed to building accessible websites.” Internally, an effort to make our starter theme, wd_s, pass both Section 508 and WCAG...Continue Reading How Thinking About Accessibility Can Lead to Success
Although contributing to the open source–and specifically, the WordPress–community has always been a central component of WebDevStudios’ philosophy, it wasn’t until October of 2014 that we figured out how to formally contribute as a full company. We started participating in Five for the Future, where we designated 5% of WDS...Continue Reading What WDS Did During Five for the Future: May 2016
Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of work done to the starter theme we use at WDS, known as wd_s. Everything from incorporating a pattern library, migrating our build system from Grunt to Gulp, and adding some really great menu enhancements are just a few that we’ve...Continue Reading A Strategy for Styling Gravity Forms
Last quarter, we were hired by Skype and tasked with building a smaller site, featuring Skype TX. Skype TX is “studio-grade hardware for the broadcast industry, which features peerless integration with Skype.” In other words, Skype Tx is powerful hardware and software for professionals in live broadcast situations. Because of a hard launch date,...Continue Reading How We Built Skype in Media on WordPress
We recently discussed the differences between a Style Guide and Pattern Library, and the opportunity for leveraging both inside of a WordPress theme. Today, I’m excited to introduce you to wd_s Pattern Library 1.0 ? Here is a list of features (which I’ll also cover in further detail later in...Continue Reading Introducing the wd_s Pattern Library!
Recently, WebDevStudios integrated Gulp into our theme boilerplate, wd_s. Below, I go through the Gulpfile.js, section by section, in hopes that you can benefit from our mistakes experience.Continue Reading Gulp Configuration: A Beginners Guide
In the past few years, the topic of Style Guides and Pattern Libraries has become widespread…but what is the difference? First, a little more context: Recently, the Front-end Developer team at WebDevStudios set out to create a user interface (UI) pattern inventory. The team recognized a set of UI patterns...Continue Reading What is the Difference Between a Style Guide and Pattern Library?
This is Part III of a three part series about wd_s, our starter theme. Part I: History of wd_s Part II: Project Scaffolding with wd_s Part III: Future of wd_s To summarize the previous two blog posts: we discussed the history of wd_s and then Damon went in-depth about how we kick off a new...Continue Reading The Future of WebDevStudios Starter Theme: wd_s
We all have to do things in life that we don’t like doing. That’s just how things work. Some unsavory things in life are unable to be avoided or altered and we just have to take them as they come. Luckily, there are still a great number of things in...Continue Reading wd_s Goes Vegetarian: Dropping the Hamburger Navigation Menu
Part II of III in the wd_s Series: Part I: History of wd_s Part II: Project Scaffolding with wd_s Part III: The Future of wd_s A new project comes in: scoped, and all. Client provides Photoshop comps, sweet! Who is going to write the first line of code? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It...Continue Reading Project Scaffolding with wd_s