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10 New CSS Features You Might Not Know About (2021 Edition)

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The modern web would not be possible without CSS. The markup language is responsible for the fact that websites look good, have a pleasant layout, and that every element stays where it belongs. Yet, did you know that new CSS features come out all the time? Over the years, CSS has gone way beyond background colors, borders, text styling, margins, and the box model. Modern CSS is capable of a whole range of functionality that, in the past, you needed JavaScript or workarounds for. To celebrate how far it has come, in this post we want to look at some of the amazing new features that CSS boasts in 2021 and that you might not be aware of. We will highlight cool things web designers and developers can do with modern CSS, talk about use cases, browser support, and also give you a quick exam...
Why WordPress Users Should Consider Headless

Why WordPress Users Should Consider Headless

Development
You’ve more than likely heard about Headless WordPress as this innovative new solution to a variety of common problems. It loads faster, is more secure, and it works with any web language or framework you can think of. But is Headless WordPress really all pros and no cons? The setup is definitely unique in that it detaches the front and back end of your site. This allows you to pair it with all sorts of new and interesting technologies, or push CMS content to multiple different sources. And it does have a lot of other benefits, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily for everyone. Does it fit your needs? To find out, here are the pros and cons of headless WordPress, laid out clearly so you can weigh them and decide whether making the big switch is worth it. The Pros of Headless Wor...
How to Create a WordPress Image Map (And Why You Should)

How to Create a WordPress Image Map (And Why You Should)

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When it comes to websites, it may be true that a picture is worth a thousand words. These days, many online consumers prefer visual content to large amounts of text. Eye-catching, interactive image maps can be a useful and engaging addition to your website. The good news is that you don’t have to be an expert web designer to create helpful, interactive visual elements. With a plugin such as WP Draw Attention and a few simple steps, you can be well on your way to crafting an impressive image map. In this post, we’ll give you an introduction to image maps and how you might be able to use them on your website. Then we’ll walk you through how to add this feature to your WordPress site with WP Draw Attention. Let’s go! An Introduction to Image Maps An image map is a photo or graphic c...
19 Gutenberg Features You Might Not Be Aware Of (But Should!)

19 Gutenberg Features You Might Not Be Aware Of (But Should!)

Development
Gutenberg has been out for quite a while, but you’ll find that there are still plenty of new skills to learn and features to discover. Plus, the editor receives updates pretty frequently, which means there might be an abundance of details you aren’t even aware of. Though Gutenberg promotes itself as an easier way to build websites than the classic WordPress editor, there’s still a learning curve to it. Discover all these hidden features, though, and you’ll be well on your way to mastering the tool. Let’s lift the veil on the mysteries of Gutenberg. Here are 10 Gutenberg features you might not yet know about and how to start using them. Be aware that you might have to have the Gutenberg plugin installed to take advantage of some of these. 1. Slash Commands Starting off, we have a ...
7 Inspiring Headless WordPress Examples Out in the Wild (2021)

7 Inspiring Headless WordPress Examples Out in the Wild (2021)

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It seems like everyone in the WordPress sphere is talking about headless WordPress (we are as well). Decoupling the back end from the front end is poised to be a big part of the future of WordPress and headless CMS in general are something that we will see more of. In last few years WordPress has built the foundation for this development, especially with the adoption of the WP REST API. However, with all the hype, what can you actually accomplish with headless WordPress and, more importantly, what are people already using it for? To answer these questions, in this post, we will go over a number of examples of headless WordPress in the wild. By doing so, we want to help you gain a better understanding of the technical possibilities this approach offers and of what you can expect more ...
How to Build a Resource Center for Your WordPress Website

How to Build a Resource Center for Your WordPress Website

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In business, one of your responsibilities is answering questions from those who use or are interested in your products or services. Customers and prospects visit your website looking for (and expecting to find) information and solutions. However, keeping up with emails, phone calls, or other support requests can put a strain on your time. By creating a digital resource center on your website, users can easily locate the answers they need on their own. This saves them from having to wait for your response and frees up your team to handle other tasks. An online resource center can also boost Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and generate leads. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps of how to build a resource center for your WordPress website, and include some additional tips...
How to Create Powerful Interfaces Using React

How to Create Powerful Interfaces Using React

WordPress
Developing a website or application from the ground up is a monumental task. Coding, testing, and launching are not cut-and-dry processes, especially when users expect an intuitive, well-designed interface. Thus, implementing a well-developed library for your chosen language – such as React for JavaScript – makes good sense. JavaScript frameworks such as React provide pre-written code to help you develop front-end user interactions. This leaves you more time to focus on the unique parts of your site or app. As such, building powerful interfaces and themes becomes much simpler than you might have thought. In this article, we’ll explore what makes React the best solution for creating exceptional WordPress interfaces, and the steps to achieve this on your own. Let’s dive in! An Intro...

5 WordPress Developer Tips for Using Prefixes and Namespaces

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If you’re a WordPress developer, you may have run into a problem where your code won’t run because more than one function shares the same name. This is known as a ‘naming collision,’ and it can be a difficult problem to work around. Prefixes and namespaces could be the answer. Prefixes and namespaces help avoid conflicts when two different classes or functions share the same name. Considering how many developers contribute to plugins, themes, and WordPress core, this issue is an important one for which to have a solution on hand. In this article, we’ll introduce the concepts of namespaces and prefixes and explain why they’re important. Then we’ll provide five tips to help you get the most out of them. Let’s dig in! An Introduction to Namespaces and Prefixes Namespacing is a PHP feat...

ARIA: 5 Best Practices for Screen Readers and Other Assistive Devices

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This is the third in a series I’m writing on accessible web experiences. In the first article, “The ADA and Universal Design: Why Do We Develop Accessible Web Experiences?” I discussed the “why” of accessible digital design. In “The ADA and Universal Design: Building a Better Blueprint,” I discussed how to create personas, user journeys, sitemaps, and wireframes consistent with the principles of universal design. In this article, I’ll discuss techniques for making web experiences accessible for screen readers and other assistive devices. Imagine this experience: You go to a website to search for critical information you need to do your job. Or to order a refill of an important prescription. Or to download the new album that your favorite band just dropped. You navigate to the site, bu...

How (and When) to Use WordPress Multisite for Client Projects

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As a WordPress developer, you’re no stranger to the chaos and challenges that come with managing multiple websites. Even if you know WordPress like the back of your hand, tending to the various tasks required to keep your clients’ sites afloat can be both time-consuming and tedious. Fortunately, WordPress multisite offers a way to handle all of your projects from a single dashboard. You can use this feature to create a network of multiple sites from one installation. Then you can streamline all of your maintenance and management tasks, in order to create a more efficient workflow. In this post, we’ll explain what WordPress multisite is and discuss its benefits. Then we’ll explore three best practices to keep in mind when using it for client projects. Let’s get started! An Introducti...

What Is Rapid Application Development (RAD)?

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For a software to be efficient and functional from design to launch, you need a good development model. Well, this is where RAD or Rapid Application Development comes in. It gives you the ability to develop prototypes rapidly for the purpose of testing functions and features. Best of all, there’s no need to be concerned about how the end product will be impacted. Of course, before you can really adopt RAD for your software, you do need to understand more about it, including the benefits associated with it. In this case, the information below, will provide you with all the information that you need. Understanding RAD Believe it or not, RAD has been around for the last few decades. As a result, it has quite a few definitions attached to it. However, James Martin was one of the first peo...

5 Developer Tools to Look for in a WordPress Hosting Provider

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There are a lot of options when it comes to WordPress hosting providers. Some cater to users on a budget, and others to agencies and freelancers. However, few options provide the features that you might need to make your work as a WordPress developer easier. As a developer, it’s smart to use hosting solutions that provide you and your clients with the tools needed for your projects. One example is staging functionality, which lets you approach updates and deployments more safely. In this article, we’ll discuss five features that you should look out for in your WordPress hosting provider, and explain why they’re important. Let’s get to it! 1. One-Click Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates Getting a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate for your website has never been easier. You ...
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