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Headless Form Submission With the WordPress REST API

April 9th, 2021

If you’re building a WordPress site, you need a good reason not to choose a WordPress form plugin. They are convenient and offer plenty of customizations that would take a ton of effort to build from scratch. They render the HTML, validate the data, store the submissions, and provide integration with third-party services. But suppose…

WordPress Caching: All You Need To Know

April 1st, 2021

Here’s Ashley Rich at Delicious Brains writing about all the layers of caching that are relevant to a WordPress site. I think we all know that caching is complicated, but jeez, it’s a journey to understand all the caches at work here. The point of cache being speed and reducing the burden on the worst…

Platform News: Defaulting to Logical CSS, Fugu APIs, Custom Media Queries, and WordPress vs. Italics

March 12th, 2021

Looks like 2021 is the time to start using CSS Logical Properties! Plus, Chrome recently shipped a few APIs that have raised eyebrows, SVG allows us to disable its aspect ratio, WordPress focuses on the accessibility of its typography, and there’s still no update (or progress) on the development of CSS custom media queries. Let’s…

Rendering the WordPress philosophy in GraphQL

January 18th, 2021

WordPress is a CMS that’s coded in PHP. But, even though PHP is the foundation, WordPress also holds a philosophy where user needs are prioritized over developer convenience. That philosophy establishes an implicit contract between the developers building WordPress themes and plugins, and the user managing a WordPress site. GraphQL is an interface that retrieves…

My WordPress Comments Wishlist

November 11th, 2020

A built-in commenting system is one of the reasons people reach for WordPress (and often stay there long-term). While I do think having a comment system is compelling (and as big of a fan of building on WordPress as I am), I find the comments system on WordPress quite crusty. It needs some love! There…

Getting the WordPress Block Editor to Look Like the Front End Design

November 4th, 2020

I’m a WordPress user and, if you’re anything like me, you always have two tabs open when you edit a post: one with the new fancy pants block editor, aka Gutenberg, and another with a preview of the post so you know it won’t look wonky on the front end. It’s no surprise that a…

WordPress and Jamstack

October 26th, 2020

I recently moderated a panel at Netlify’s virtual Jamstack Conf that included Netlify CEO Matt Biilman and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg. The whole thing was built up — at least to some — as a “Jamstack vs. WordPress” showdown. I have lots of thoughts of my own on this and think I’m more useful as…

Using Markdown and Localization in the WordPress Block Editor

September 23rd, 2020

If we need to show documentation to the user directly in the WordPress editor, what is the best way to do it? Since the block editor is based on React, we may be tempted to use React components and HTML code for the documentation. That is the approach I followed in my previous article, which…

My Long Journey to a Decoupled WordPress Gatsby Site

July 13th, 2020

As a professional research biologist, my playground used to be science laboratories filled with microscopes, Petri dishes, and biology tools. Curiosity leads many scientists on their journey to discoveries. Mine led me to web design. I used to try learning HTML on my lab desktop while centrifuging extraction samples or waiting for my samples to…

Adding a Custom Welcome Guide to the WordPress Block Editor

June 15th, 2020

I am creating a WordPress plugin and there is a slight learning curve when it comes to using it. I’d like to give users a primer on how to use the plugin, but I want to avoid diverting users to documentation on the plugin’s website since that takes them out of the experience. What would…