Weekend reads

Here are some articles I liked this week, but didn’t do a complete Note for:

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Week in review: Evolving the customizer, WordPress philosophies, and more

week-in-reviewI thought it’d be fun to try something new here. As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been doing fewer link posts. That is the result of a good bit of thinking, strategic and otherwise. I’ll dive more into that later.

I’ll still do some long-ish form link posts, but I won’t be able to link all the things I’d like to share, nor can I cover it all with long form content. So, I want to try this concept of a weekend reads / week in review post, that I’ll try and post between Friday – Monday each week. These will largely consist of links to posts from other websites, with the occasional link to special Post Status bits I’d love for you to see.

Without further ado:

Evolving the customizer

Matt Wiebe works on Team Custom at Automattic, and has used the Customizer extensively for the last couple of years. His concerns are in regards to many aspects of the customizer: performance, architecture, UX, mobile considerations, and more.

His wrap-up hurts:

Some folks might be reading this and wondering why I’m not trying to contribute this vision to core. I love to, but I don’t think it’s possible architecturally, and particularly not in a backwards compatible manner. This is certainly a case where the optimal use-case on WP.com (new user signup, pre-picked list of themes) may not line of [sic] with the best user experience for core users. I might be wrong about this, thus this post. I would genuinely love to be wrong, but I’ve worked with the Customizer extensively over the past two years and I’m pretty sure I’m not.

I’m really interested in what others have to say about this. Up until reading this, I was under the impression (from my own experience and others’ notes) that the customizer has a promising future with WordPress. Matt’s post makes me re-think those assumptions.

That said, there’s a lot of activity around the customizer in Trac tickets; one of which approaches some of Matt’s concerns: a ticket that would provide a “window wrapper” to the customizer.

Matt’s post is a good reminder that we should never look at a single feature (especially its first iteration) as a silver bullet. At the same time, I believe the customizer is still a great advancement for WordPress and I’m sure it’ll keep getting better.

We’re ignoring the WordPress philosophy

Tom McFarlin has put together a great series on WordPress philosophies that we are sometimes ignoring. Definitely read through these:

WordCamp Europe tickets are on sale

WordCamp Europe’s second event will be in Sofia, Bulgaria September 27th – 29th. Tickets for the event are on sale now. This is a great opportunity to learn with more than 700 other WordCamp fanatics, and its probably the most notable WordCamp you could attend outside of WCSF, which will be a combo WordCamp / Community Summit event in October. Continue reading “Week in review: Evolving the customizer, WordPress philosophies, and more”

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  1. I like these curated round ups from people I respect. Makes the burden of trawling through the internet a little lighter. Thanks 🙂

  2. I like rounds up like this – there are very few newsletters I subscribe to because of how much it can add to our inbox, and I don’t subscribe to near as many blogs as I used to.

    Having the round up in a blog post every week or every other week is nice. Plus, it’s more than just a list of links – it gives a reason as to why the article may be interesting.

    I say keep it up.

  3. I like this as well. I particularly like the fact that you write up a little bit about each link, helping to set the context.

  4. Hey Brian,

    Liking this format and thanks for the shout-out :). I always find your thoughts on what you’re reading interesting, so I definitely like the added insight with the list. Also seems more manageable to batch this weekly than doing this for every interesting article you come across. Thanks for the recap!

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