Free theme highlight: Hueman

Free theme highlight: Hueman

In terms of free themes, Hueman sure is a knockout. I’m not even much for magazine themes, but if you have a photo-heavy site with plenty of content, I really love the design and feel of this theme. Built by Alexander Agnarson, it appears to have been released November 1st, and was still a couple more […]

"Patches Welcome"

“Patches Welcome”

As a phrase, this is often more of a conversation killer rather than encouragement for collaboration. The delivery method of this popular phrase is paramount, and the audience needs to be genuinely considered when we say “patches welcome” to those that come forth with recommendations for our products. Let’s use an example Let’s say I […]

Fight impostor syndrome

Fight impostor syndrome

Tomorrow I’m extremely fortunate to be speaking at WordCamp Cape Town. One of the points in my presentation is about fighting impostor syndrome. However, It has also come up in one of my many wonderful conversations with Chris Lema, and even came up when an up-and-coming WordPresser was talking to me at the pre-party tonight. […]

WordPress code conventions for easy wins

WordPress code conventions for easy wins

Our code in WordPress plugins and themes should follow some basic standards. Here are a few simple tips to make your code more aligned with the standards of the core project. Prefix everything Nacin said it best. Prefix everything. Prefix your functions. Prefix your classes. Prefix anything that has even a little bit of a […]

Cheers to the GPL

Cheers to the GPL

This past weekend, I co-organized WordCamp Birmingham, or WP Y’all, and a couple of our (many) taglines were “In Open Source We Trust” and “Cheers to the GPL.” So naturally we toasted the GPL at the after party. Going through all of the pictures and seeing our toast, I thought about it some more and […]

Code should fail nicely

Code should fail nicely

Web designers tend to be pretty particular about their designs. However, often times, if you watch how end users use a website, it can be surprising when they don’t do things how the designer and developer would expect. Perhaps the client or buyer didn’t have images for a section of the website where you expected […]