Link Category: Tutorials
Chris Coyier on Learning WordPress Themes Now
For those who haven’t been knocking around the WordPress sphere for a long time, there’s a possibility that the name “Chris Coyier” and CSS-Tricks isn’t so well known. Chris is great, generous thoughtful guy, and if you’ve got a front-end interest at all, you really should be following CSS-Tricks. To a degree rare in the world CSS-Tricks is just a consistently useful, modest, and modern place to read about all the parts of WordPress development, CSS very much included (though hardly the only topic).
How and Why to Make a Customer Journey Map
I’ve loved Torque Mag for a long time as a great source for both technical and editorial content based around WordPress—even if customer satisfaction data and personal experience have me feeling more lukewarm about WP Engine itself.
How to Set a WordPress Menu Link to Open in a New Tab
I’ve got a client with a custom nav menu link pointing to a third-party service. He wanted that custom link to open in a new tab, and I realized I didn’t know how to do it.
A Complete Guide to Flexbox
If you’re still hesitant to learn CSS’s Flexbox module, today’s the day. This Flexbox guide from CSS-Tricks is so beautifully clear and so visual that, in my experience, Flexbox almost learned itself—you just need to point your open eyes toward the screen.
Making Gutenberg Blocks, a guide for us laggards
I was recently talking to my friend Jeremy and mentioned that I’d never quite made a “production” Gutenberg block, but had been meaning to learn for as long as that’s been a thing. (For shame!)
Coding Advice for Those Who Think They Suck at Code
Found from Ben in the MasterWP newsletter, I love this hilariously short bit of advice about how to be a better programmer. In it, Pete Shirley, who calls himself “a poor programmer” says it’s helped him as someone who thinking they’re in the bottom quartile of all programmers. I kind of doubt he really is, because the advice is way better that what a lot of “elite” programmers tell you about. And it’s very approachable.
Install WordPress with a Managed Database on Digital Ocean
Digital Ocean, a popular VPS hosting provider, recently announced a hosted-MySQL platform. The reasons you may want to do use this (vs putting the MySQL instance on the same server as your WordPress wed server) are a little more subtle than I want to get into here, but suffice it to say you’d get better scalability but a possibly more complex setup. For that reason, I’m linking to this tutorial on the topic from Mark Drake.
Managing Multiple Sites: WordPress Multisite vs Separate Installations
I was recently working on a client project where I was faced with the question: should we have one WordPress multisite installation, or many “stand alone” WordPress sites? I gave the correct and scapegoat-y answer: “It depends.” And I was right, but if (like me) you weren’t really aware of the intricacies of that trade-off, I recommend reading this little article from Andy over at Beaver Builder.
Understand Types of WordPress Caching
This is a solid little article from the folks over at SpinupWP about caching in WordPress. “Caching” is one of the most simply and complicated words, almost simultaneously. The heart of the issue, there there are so many different kinds. A few years back I tried to tease those types of caching apart, but but different takes on the same basic material work better for different people.
HTML Can Do That!?
This is a fun and short little post over at Dev.to from Ananya Neogi. It’s essentially a short-list of lesser known features for which you can just add some HTML markup and have cool features.