Category: Front-End Development
How to Create Hero Images with Beaver Builder
This is a guide to creating hero images with Beaver Builder.
Using Beaver Builder to Create Medium-Like Layouts in WordPress
Beaver Builder is one of my all-time favorite additions to the WordPress ecosystem (see our full Beaver Builder review here, or our full review of all WordPress page builders). It’s the first drag-and-drop WordPress layout builder I can really recommend, and use without resentment on my own clients’ sites. Given how helpful a good WordPress layout builder is, that feels a bit like saying it’s the first working teleporter—a big deal.
Preventing a WordPress XSS Attack: Complete Guide to Validating, Sanitizing, and Escaping Data
When it comes to making your WordPress site secure as a developer, probably the most impactful thing you can do is make sure you always clean up data they get from users. That means, generally, two things, validating or sanitizing it on the way into your system, and escaping it on the way out, reducing the chance of a WordPress XSS attack.
Lazy Loading for Faster WordPress: Slow and Lazy Wins the Race
David wrote a really good article on WordPress site speed a few weeks ago. He also, casually, made WPShout a lot faster—up to an 89% desktop score on PageSpeed Insights, which is about as high as I’ve ever seen a WordPress site score.
Waaay Faster Text Editing with Multiple-Cursor Tricks
Life is short. Why read an article on text editor shortcuts and tricks?
Local WordPress Development: A Rundown of the Options
One of the first and easiest “tests” that distinguishes established WordPress developers from those who are still getting into it is whether or not they’re using a remote server for development. You can build lots of WordPress sites before you need to have an alternate, personal place to experiment with theme and plugin code. But eventually everyone tries local development, and then they rarely go back to remote-only.
Powerfully Editable WordPress Widgets with the TinyMCE Widget
Widgets are a powerful and useful part of the WordPress administration experience. But by default WordPress doesn’t allow you to make them with the TinyMCE/Visual editing experience that you’re able to use when writing WordPress posts, pages, etc. This is fine for those of us that speak HTML, but if you’ve got a client who doesn’t just figuring out how they can bold or italicize a few words in a widget area can be a lot to ask.
I Built a Site with Squarespace, and I Liked It
In my work as a WordPress developer, Squarespace feels a bit like a gathering storm: something I’m dimly aware of, that may become a serious problem eventually—but hopefully not for a while.
Easy Social Sharing with AddToAny
The importance of social media to marketing success on the internet today is hard to understate. It basically is the avenue of marketing success on the internet. I’d add that social share buttons are hardly a solution to finding marketing success on the social media, but helping your audience share you content does markedly make them more likely to do so. (For real success you need more difficult things like engagement with and from your followers, etc.)