Tag: Developers

How to Balance Your Mental Health and Success in WordPress

We’ve discussed burnout previously on the blog, but mental health remains an important topic due to the high-pressure nature of working within WordPress. Given that a half day was dedicated to this exact subject at the latest WordCamp Europe, it’s clearly an ongoing concern for many developers. Fortunately, there’s a lot of information available on …
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5 Essential Tools to Keep Your WordPress Content Marketing Strategy Organized

What’s the main purpose for owning a WordPress site? For some people, the goal is the website itself. They build it because they want to share something important with the audience. When it comes to business websites, however, the idea is clear: it’s all about marketing. In both situations, the website will need some promotion, …
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5 SEO Tactics That No Longer Work and That You Need to Retire

The field of search engine optimization has gone through so many changes and keeps evolving so fast that it’s hard to keep track. As a consequence, things that used to net you a good chance of landing on the first page of Google no longer do so. However, you might not even be aware that …
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A Practical Guide to Developing a WordPress Plugin

Lots of articles online discuss the ‘sexy’ side of development, such as coding strategies, framework choices, and other ‘fun’ elements. The more practical side of planning and developing WordPress solutions is less on display, although it can be just as interesting (and is absolutely vital). For example, honing and refining an idea into a laser-focused …
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Icon Fonts in WordPress – What They Are and How to Use Them (Manually/Plugin)

Icon fonts can be a very useful tool for WordPress sites. They allow you to add symbols and images to your website without slowing it down. That and other reasons are why icon fonts have become popular in recent years. If you are not sure about this topic, this blog post is here to help …
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Sharing React Components With Gutenberg

The new WordPress block-based editor Gutenberg is coming to the WordPress soon. While no one has yet defined where Gutenberg will next be used, its been well architected for reuse, which is great, because plugin developers can now use these components in other interfaces, in the WordPress admin and beyond. Because the Gutenberg team is …
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Using the Command Line for Automation – Part II

It is common practice for developers to work on several servers or tiers in order to test their work and make sure code is ready to deploy without introducing errors on a live production environment. WP Engine features multiple environments per WordPress installation and provides a multi-tiered workflow. It is possible for developers to work …
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The Developer’s Guide to Implementing a Client Intake Form

Deciding how your business will turn interested leads into paying customers can be tough, and the answer is almost always unique to your services and goals. As a self-employed developer, it can be even more challenging. However, you can’t ignore the importance of working on and perfecting your business’ sales funnel. Knowing how your sales …
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7 Ways To Truly Understand Your Target Audience

As a marketer or blogger, one of the most important factors to your success is how well you understand your target audience. They have all this data and metrics that give them data on their audience. They don’t, however, truly know their target audience. They don’t know what makes them tick. They don’t know what …
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Testing React Components With Enzyme

So far in my series of posts on React development for WordPress, I’ve covered React basics, create-react-app and testing with Jest. Jest is useful for testing the rendering of React components. There are a few big buckets of functionality we have not looked at testing yet. Specifically how the internal state of stateful component changes, …
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How to Care For Your Client After Delivering Their Project (In 3 Steps)

It’s tempting to think that once a project has been delivered, the relationship with your client is over. However, nothing could be further from the truth. If you don’t incorporate a post-project ‘customer aftercare‘ phase, you could end up facing ongoing and constant support requests for the smallest of queries. Fortunately, creating a solid process …
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Testing Nested Components In A React App

This post is part of a series on React development for WordPress developers. In my last post, I covered unit testing React components using Jest. Jest, when used for basic assertions and snapshot tests can cover a lot of the functionality of a React component. The “React Way” of developing interfaces calls for composing interfaces, …
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Tips to Set Up WooCommerce on WordPress

Ecommerce has redefined the shopping experiences of people and has offered an abundance of convenience to select and buy a product. Because it’s so easy to use, more and more ecommerce businesses are choosing to set up their online store on WordPress. Setting up your own store is as easy as downloading the WooCommerce plugin. In …
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A Developer’s Guide to Brutalist Web Design

If you give even a quick glance to any popular web design blog, you’ll see tons of gorgeous and easy-to-use designs that appeal to readers and developers alike. However, there’s a growing trend of turning back the clock (in a manner of speaking), to an age where web design was in its infancy and web-safe …
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