WordPress Articles from David Hayes

David B. Hayes is co-owner of WPShout. He's been using WordPress since 2007, and has a mature love (like an old married couple) for the content managment system. He's done loads of client work with it, uses it on a variety of personal projects, and generally thinks it's worth most people keeping it in their toolbox.

In addition to WordPress, he's into cycling, board games, and civic tech (running Code for Fort Collins). He also loves coffee and write about it at LowKeyCoffeeSnobs.com. And lastly (for this space) he writes about code beyond WordPress at Thoughtful Code.

Deep Introduction to Block Themes

Over at CSS-Tricks, Ganesh Dahal offers this great summary of the state of block theming. As one of the large majority who hasn’t had the time to follow all the developments in this area of WordPress closely, I found his extensive tour of what’s going on around them quite helpful.



Is WordPress Pushing Freelancers Away?

Over at The WP Minute Eric Karkovack asks a question that’s started to drift across my mind as I think (and study) more about the coming of Full-Site Editing themes and what they mean for the future of WordPress.




Accordions in Pure HTML

This post by Salma Alam-Naylor is pretty short, but it does teach something that I certainly didn’t know. That these days you can really count on HTML to some cool things. I, for one, had no idea that an expanding/collapsible accordion of content could be as simple as this:


Who is Full Site Editing for?

I really enjoyed this essay/podcast from Joe Casabona about the kind of awkward question of what the 5.9-included full-site editing feature of WordPress is for. On one level, he argues this is very clearly a tool that’ll be really useful for no-code WordPress builders. I couldn’t agree more. But on another level he, fairly to my limited experience so far, points out that it’s not fully ready for regular no-code users to get done everything they might want—many operations are a little awkward or just not possible.


Block Theme Primer

I’m still very much in learning-more mode when it comes to Block Themes in WordPress. While I’ve been comfortable with “classic” themes for almost my whole time in WordPress I was waiting for WordPress 5.9 to understand block themes and how they differ. For precisely that reason I really appreciated this article (from old WPShout friend) Eric Karkovack summarizing the major points of them.


WordPress as a Commons

Especially or those with a more political or philosophical bent, this article from Lesley Sim on the idea of a “commons” over at Post Status is sure to be interesting. WordPress, she correctly names, has a complicated and complex story when one starts to peer into the details of the entities involved in it. When we overlay this complexity with the notion of it being a “commons” worthy of protection, a lot of good questions arise.


Modern Fluid Typography

Smashing Magazine is always a good place to stumble across links from. And as someone who last did CSS in earnest almost seven years ago, I really appreciated this complete rundown of how to use the CSS clamp function to get good responsiveness working in just a little bit of work.