Link Category: Ideas

Styles In Modern WordPress

I really appreciated this article from Brian Coords over at MasterWP. He does a great job of situating some recent core-team discussions about styling thinking within a context that me (as an average WordPress developer not really paying attention) can understand. This is particular stood out:


Some Fun Modern PHP Features

A lot of WordPress PHP is still written in a PHP 5(.6) style for compatibility reasons. This is the best/worst thing about WordPress. But increasingly hosts are pushing even the most laggardly PHP versions into the 7-series and some are even prompting to try PHP 8. So for that reasons, WordPress PHP developers could use a refresher on what’s new since 5.6. Which is precisely what this little article from Dimitrios Lytras does perfectly.


CUPID not SOLID

This is a little esoteric relative to the world of quick-changes that most of our code in WordPress is. But if you’re writing PHP or JavaScript in much depth, you’ve probably heard of the SOLID principles. These are rules of good software development made by Robert C. Martin. Code that follows the principles is generally thought to be of higher quality than that which does not.


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.




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.


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.


The Knotted-Up WordPress Community

I really enjoyed this little essay over at Post Status about the WordPress community. As someone whose been involved with WordPress for over 15 years (perhaps I say that in a bid to merit Chris’s “elder” label 😉), I’ve felt just about every kind of way about both the tool and the people I’ve met while learning and using the tool.


Wirecutter’s Website Builder for 2021: Wix

This is an interesting little tidbit for “the web industry” generally, and where it interfaces with real people with non-internet-focused lives and careers. The Wirecutter—the de facto site for time-starved yuppies to quickly find an acceptable-to-great version of a product category (aka, how I buy almost everything)—recommends Wix for those looking to make a website.