Plugin Directory v3 Beta Open for Feedback
If your work in WordPress involves frequent use of the Plugin Directory, don’t miss this opportunity to check out the Beta version the meta team is currently working on. Yesterday, Automattic developer Konstantin Obenland announced that Beta is now open for testing. Since they’re gathering feedback so early in this process, WordPress users have the power to significantly impact the direction of the design before it’s released. Even the decisions that have already been made are up for discussion, so make sure to share your opinion early!
How to Create an eBook Sign-up Incentive
Creating a mailing list giveaway is a great way to encourage readers to sign-up to your newsletter. One of our favorite options for creating such an incentive is producing an eBook. It might seem like a big task, but it’s actually pretty simple. In this week’s post over at the Press Up blog, we show you how to create an automated eBook sign-up incentive to help you increase the number of subscribers on your mailing list.
WPShout at WordCamp NOLA
We’re delighted to announce that our own Fred Meyer will be speaking at this year’s WordCamp New Orleans! His talk titled “Getting to ‘Yes’ with Clients Using In-Browser Mockups” at WordCamp NOLA is scheduled for August 13th. If you’re in the area, please consider grabbing ticket, sponsoring a table, or getting involved as a volunteer. We’d love to see you there!
Brexit and You: What’s Next for Digital Laws? #wceu
It’s been a big week for international politics. WordPress and it’s use in europe has expanded considerably in the last few years, and it turns out that our community will not be immune from the impacts of the Brexit vote. After encountering multiple web developers who had already lost contracts just hours after the vote, digital law specialist Heather Burns of WebDevLaw gave a talk at WordCamp EU addressing some of the impacts WordPress professionals could run in to. Her follow-up post expands on the issue and offers some detailed advice for how to work in this changing landscape. If you do business in the UK or EU, you definitely don’t want to miss this one!
How to Make Any WordPress Theme Responsive
Often, making your existing theme responsive can be an easier task that trying to make a pre-built responsive theme fit your design. If you’re working on a site with a static theme, check out this tutorial from Torque. It does a nice job of being detailed enough that you can follow along and easily tackle any challenges that come up no matter what theme you’re working with.
Designing a Class to Assemble Plugin Classes
In this post, Carl Alexander (one of our favorite WordPress writers) continues his exploration of object-oriented programming. If you’ve already incorporated some object-oriented design into your WordPress work, you’ve probably noticed that your projects have more classes than you’re used to. Carl offers a solution for this issue, and teaches you how to create a dedicated class for your plugins. It’s an in-depth, thoughtful tutorial with plenty of code for you to sink your teeth into.
AWP 20K Members — Legendary WordPress Giveaway (Worth $40,000+)
If you haven’t joined the the Advanced WordPress Facebook group yet, now is the time to do it! Not only is it an invaluable resource for developers, but t’s also become one of our favorite places to connect with the WordPress community! To celebrate reaching 20,000 members, AWP is celebrating with a pretty phenomenal giveaway. It’s a great opportunity to try some new WordPress products you’ve been curious about or get your hands on a paid plugin you haven’t shelled out for yet. Check out all the details over on WPCouple.
Truly Fluid Typography With vh And vw Units
If you’re not familiar with fluid typography yet, you’re not alone. It’s a better alternative to responsive typography since it changes only at set breakpoints and resizes smoothly to match any device width. It’s also an intuitive option for web designers who have an almost infinite number of screen sizes to support. This in depth tutorial from Smashing Magazine will teach you how to apply the typography techniques you already know in a slightly different way that will provide a perfectly crafted user experience for every screen size. It’s a good read especially if you find yourself working on a Genesis project.
11 Best WordPress Translation Plugins of 2016 for Multilingual Websites
Did you know that only 26% of the web speaks English? While it is the most spoken language online, if your website is only in English, you’re missing out on the opportunity to connect with roughly 2.5 billion users! Luckily, making your website more accessible and translation ready doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch. This helpful article from Torque offers an overview of several of the best WordPress plugins out there that will translate your content automatically. Check it out!
Using ARIA Landmark Roles in WordPress
In an effort to promote accessibility in WordPress, and help us devs meet WordPress.org’s accessibility-ready tag theme review requirement, Rachel Vasquez shares some of her recent experience with ARIA. ARIA stand for Assistive Rich Internet Applications and was designed to provide extra information to screen readers via HTML attributes. When combined with HTML5 elements, using ARIA landmark roles is a great way to increase accessibility in our themes and bring us closer to a more accessible web.