Polyhistoric Man Of The Web

Category: WordPress

  • Three life-improving tools for WordPress Plugin Development

    My computer while doing WordPress Plugin Development

    While building the Post Format Block, I’ve set up a nice toolchain that I think every plugin developer would benefit from using. WordPress Plugin Development in 2021 has a lot more tools available than when I wrote my first plugin a dozen years ago. There are three that I found to be hugely life-improving while […]

  • Introducing Post Format Block

    Post Formats are a somewhat neglected feature in WordPress. How neglected? Well as I discovered, there isn’t a block for it in Full Site Editing So I decided to build it and thankfully it is super easy. The @wordpress/create-block package got the majority of my scaffold for me in minutes, after that it just a […]

  • Full Site Editing: Initial Thoughts.

    Screenshot of FSE and my homepage

    When I switched this site back from being headless, I decided to give the new twentytwentytwo theme a go and with that, I’m having my first real stab at Full Site Editing. FSE is the hot new feature for WordPress and while I don’t think I am the target user most of the time, for […]

  • On With my Head! A return from Headless WordPress

    My head reattaching to my body

    Last year I switched this domain from running a traditional WordPress site to running a headless WordPress site. I built the site with Next.js, Tailwind CSS, and the WordPress REST API. I had it set up to pull data from three different WordPress sites, allowing me to keep an art journal, post my art, and […]

  • Brief Reflections on Seven Years as a WordPress Core Committer

    Seven years ago today, I typed svn commit for the first time in my checkout of WordPress core. I’ve since done it an additional 388 times. Most of those were in the first few years, but I’m glad that in the last year I’ve done it 35 times, and in WordPress 5.8 my face came […]

  • Symbols of Hate at WordCamps

    Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert conference organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you help to create WordCamp CITYNAMEHERE and make it your own. WordCamp […]

  • Ten Commandments for Automated Testing

    Though Shalt Write Tests If you are not writing tests, none of the rest of these matter. You must always start somewhere, and getting some tests is better than not having any. Though Shalt Prove Bugs Exist With Tests Before Fixing Them A bug report is one of the best times to write a test. […]

  • Potential Tech Conference Talks

    I am constantly thinking of new potential talks that I would want to either give or convince others to give. Some of these have been on my list for almost a decade, while others are relatively recent ideas. Roles on a web team There is a big difference between roles, jobs, and titles. I cosider […]

  • Random Thoughts on… Keynotes and WordCamps

    Dave Bisset shared some of his thoughts in response to my random thoughts on travel and WordCamps post. One paragraph stood out to me: Some organizers associate keynotes with “headline speakers”. I personally don’t like keynotes as a speaker organizer and in 12+ years with WordCamp Miami I only did two official planned ones. I’ve […]

  • Random Thoughts on… Travel and WordCamps

    While looking at the list of WordCamps that I’ve spoken at, it got me thinking about travel and going to WordCamps away from home. Here are some random thoughts on that matter. In General, I think it’s best for local camps (i.e. not specialized events like WordCamp for Publishers or regional camps like WordCamp US) […]

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