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Speed Wins: Why WordPress Adopted JavaScript

Why More of WordPress UI is written in JavaScript not PHP With the announcement of Calypso, a JavaScript based UI in November of 2015 and then the launch of the Gutenberg project in 2016 using React.js,  WordPress Head Honcho Matt Mullenweg tripped off a lot of conjectures as to why the departures from WordPress’ primary …

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CSI Best Member’s Website: A Tour-de-force Design for a WordPress Newby.

Creating a brand new website is a challenge even if you are using the most popular website development tool, WordPress [29.3% of the world’s websites are done in WordPress]. First, WordPress tools and features are developing rapidly – in a 2016 Podcast review we cited 41 essential WordPress plugins. Today 21 of those plugins have …

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SquareSpace vs WordPress : A Second Look

A review of SquareSpace vs WordPress in the WPMUDev blog raises the question of whether web development reviews are becoming as partisan as politics. Jenni McKinnon in writing 27 Reasons Why WordPress Crushes Squarespace Every Time has committed to print a yuge number of Trumpian fallacies which knocks the review way off balance. WordPress.com vs WordPress.org Distinction …

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Web PageBuilders Are Essential Tools

How PageBuilder Tools have become essential in web development The combination of no-coding-required UI/UX PageBuilding features plus comparative operational ease of use has made WordPress.org [but curiously not WordPress.com] the best Web design environment for a broad range of business and IT systems. As a result WordPress has risen to a  leading Market Share position …

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WIDDE – WordPress Interactive Design/Development Environs

The Emergence of WPIDE-WordPress Interactive Design/Development Environs How WordPress UI Design  Caught up with SquareSpace, Wix, Weebly, etc. As a WordPress developer for the past 8 years I have had to contend with the fact that WordPress UI tools have had to play catchup with the interactive, drag & drop and True WYSIWYG  capabilities available from …

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Swifty Suite for WordPress SiteBuilding

Dutch software developers have been delivering some superb interactive, point and click website design environs. For example, Mobirise has a great and free  JavaScript/Bootstrap 3 based Website Builder perfect for simple website applications – like a Design Portfolio, a Restaurant website, a Photo Gallery that works on mobiles, tablets, and desktops. Your editor looked at Mobirise …

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WordPress Migration Tools

WordPress has good news and bad on WP Migration. WordPress has always had a good set of  migration tools; particularly when importing or creating a brand newsite from scratch. This is the good news.  But even in the case of imports users have to be cautious: WordPress Importer has 67  low 1-rating reviews and with reason. …

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Animation Shortcode

There is a sleeper plugin on Code Canyon called Animation Shortcode which is less than perfect but brings enough to the table for $7USD to make it more than worthwhile. Like Shortcode Ultimate, another great and this case free plugin, Animation Shortcode wins  by making its use dead simple. Here is a screenshot of the …

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Accessibility Camp 2015 in Toronto

Accessibility Camp 2015 at OCAD on Saturday October 17th turned out to be eye opening. Going in this reviewer was looking for Accessibility/Assistive software which could be applied for No vision and Low Vision computer users with emphasis on color blindness. There were many presentations about the subject so  attendees got to see some great free apps …

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Discovered at WordCamp 2015 TO: WP-Optimize Plugin

During Jessica Gardners talk , WordPress Development for Non-Developers: An Introductory Tour Under the Hood, the discussion turned on how to clean the various database tables associated with a WordPress site. Mary Ann Shew, who had just delivered the lecture before,  on  Piecing Together the WordPress Puzzle, suggested the inevitable – there must be a …

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The WordPress UI/UX Development Revolution

This website  and its cohort have been underlining the rapid improvements in development tools and plugins available to WordPress Designers in their UI/UX tasks. These tools and plugins are individually accelerating WordPress Design and Development capabilities. But what we shall see is that they are also collectively revolutionizing WordPress Development because of their complimentary effects on …

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WordCamp 2014 – WordPress Visual Designers

WordPress has changed dramatically in the past 3-5 years. First, there is the opening up of the database to developers with custom fields, posts, pages,queries and taxonomies. This means that WordPress can now deliver any content desired. Second,  and related to the swing to custom content is the adoption of sophisticated data integration beyond XMLRPC and its WP security …

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Sliders for the Houston Quilt Show

The Houston International  Quilt Show presents a classic web design problem – many gorgeous images but of various sizes and orientations [about equal number of  landscape and portrait shots]. Because the images are from various sources extensive captioning is also required particularly for the winning quilts. Finally, the quilting audience is quite broad so the …

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