My Development Workflow

I recently joined Carrie Dils for an Office Hours discussion about workflows. Once the podcast is live I’ll include a link, but here’s a quick summary of what we discussed. Themes I have two starter themes: EA Starter, a heavily-modified, underscores-based theme; and EA Genesis Child, a Genesis child theme. Both are structured very similarly.…

Using git with WordPress on SiteGround

I use SiteGround for most of my personal websites. I love it because I can create unlimited sites without any additional cost. I prefer to use git to deploy code rather than SFTP. I make my changes locally, and when I’m happy with it I push them with git push production master. SiteGround has git support…

Announcing Shared Counts

Shared Counts lets you preserve your non-HTTPS share counts and provides backend tools for discovering your popular content. It’s built for performance using lean assets and smart caching.

Using the admin bar for quick links

When I’m working on a website, I’m often hopping between my local environment, development/staging, and production. I’ll use to a separate CodeKit URL for live updating when working on CSS. And as I build out functionality, I go to the project’s GitHub wiki to document it for my editor and developer training materials. I created…

Building a dynamic YouTube video gallery

I’m working on a project right now that includes a gallery of recent YouTube videos. I had assumed we could use an existing plugin for this. It seems like a common need, and YouTube has a straightforward API, so there must be a good plugin already. I tested about 5 popular plugins from the WordPress.org…

Building a Gutenberg Block

After completing Zac Gordon’s wonderful Gutenberg Development Course, I wanted to try building my own block. It was more difficult than I expected, but a great learning experience. I added a “List Subpages” block to my BE Subpages Widget plugin (code here). This lets you select a page and dynamically lists all its subpages. The…