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.

Course: WordPress Theme Development (Core Concepts)

person learning wordpress theme development

Welcome! WordPress themes are one of the most important topics that one must understand to be good at WordPress development. Themes underlie the entire visual half of WordPress sites, but often grow to do even more. Because of the visual importance, they’re a great place to dive in if you’re interested in getting to the “code-side” of WordPress. I myself “cut my teeth” on WordPress themes back in 2007 and 2008. WordPress themes were where I started to come to grips with the power (and limits) of PHP, CSS, and HTML. So this course is great for newbies, and those just looking to confirm their understanding of the whole system.


Updating a Publishing Plugin to the Block Editor

Helen Hou-Sandí is certainly one of the most important people making (core) WordPress better, and she’s been doing it for years. So I take a pretty keen interest in what she’s working on. So when this post about updating a “legacy” WordPress post-meta post so that it was compatible, I knew I had to read it.


How to Set Your Site Icon (Favicon) in WordPress

One thing every WordPress site should have is a site icon, also called a “favicon”—the little tiny image that shows up in your browser tabs to let you tell one site from another. Ours at WPShout is a orange circle with a bullhorn inside it, so you which tabs are us. For the more visually-inclined, here’s a relevant summary image of a site icon:


Accessible-Colors.com

At a recent (virtual) Fort Collins WordPress meetup, someone shared this little site which I’ve never encountered before: Accessible-Colors.com. As you might guess from the name, it’s a simple little site/tool to tell you if the contrast between two colors you’re using in a design is in line with the WCAG 2.0 standard for contrast.



Dashboard Summary Plugin

I stumbled across this little plugin from Greg Sweet a few weeks ago. I’ve run it on a few sites, and I think it’s just a great little free upgrade to the “At a Glance” widget on the WordPress Dashboard. (Here I mean the thing that’s labelled Dashboard, not the general “back end administration area.”) It’s simplest to understand what it does by looking. Here is what it shows on the “Content” tab (here on WPShout):


Which is the Best SiteGround Plan? The WordPress Shared Hosting Comparison

WPShout was happily hosted on SiteGround for years, from about 2015 to 2020. We recently switched this site over for the slightly higher performance possibilities of a (significantly more expensive) Kinsta account. But I’m still the proud owner of a SiteGround GoBig account for Low-Key Coffee Snobs, and a number of other personal sites. That’s why we’re offering you this SiteGround plan rundown today.


The End of AMP?

I’m more than a little linking this story just because I hope it comes to pass, rather than because Dwayne Lefluer convinced me that he’s bringing real news that AMP’s end is nigh.


Mac User? Try HazeOver

I was just thinking the other day that I should send some love to some my favorite “not really WordPress” computer tools. And the first one I want to share is this missing-feature app I love on the Mac called “HazeOver.” In short, it blacks out (or any other color you want, but you want black 🤪) everything else on your Mac that isn’t the front-most app window. (If you’re a visual person, this post’s “feature image” on this post is what my screen looked like while writing this post, with HazeOver running.)