Do you like saving time (and money)? Are you exhausted by constant interruptions and barriers when trying to ship, because of internal feuds about code syntax? Are you 100% confident that your app will work across different PHP versions and devices?
In its fifth year, PressNomics takes place this weekend, April 6-8, in Phoenix, Arizona. WebDevStudios (WDS) CEO, Brad Williams, Client Strategist, Jodie Riccelli, and Director of Products, John Hawkins, will all be in attendance. “I’m happy to be keeping the streak alive,” says John.
After a short hiatus, Backend Developer Benjamin Mueller has returned to WebDevStudios. He began using WordPress with version 2.7 and has been in love ever since. This romance has grown and taken him to multiple WordPress events all along the West Coast. Benjamin is enthralled with … Read More
WebDevStudios is thrilled to announce the launch of the new and improved TheSportsGeek.com! Working with Kevin McClelland, editor of The Sports Geek, was exciting. The challenge that he presented included the requests for a fresh redesign, a logo refresh, and a full-site-rebuild on WordPress. The original website was somewhat outdated, …
Australia’s favorite biscuit (remember, it’s not a cookie) Tim Tam has hit the US, and we’re proud to say that WebDevStudios (WDS) built the website for it. ItsNotACookie.com launched on January 17, and since then, our team can’t stop talking about it. Neither can the rest … Read More
There is no shortage of animations on the webernetz™ these days, and libraries to support them. Some web animations are good, and some gratuitous. Recently, I was fortunate to work on a few projects that required animations; therefore, I got a refresher on some concepts. … Read More
At WebDevStudios, we’re learning together and growing together. And we’ve added a new face into the mix to grow along with us. His name is Andrew, and you can learn more about him below. But don’t be jealous of Andrew, because YOU can join our … Read More
As a remote worker, who primarily gets to interact with clients via email or Skype conference calls, going onsite to meet with a client is extremely exciting. The face-to-face interaction is one that cannot be underestimated. To have a professional, productive onsite meeting with a … Read More
WebDevStudios (WDS) is growing, and we have added new talent to our roster of skilled professionals. Get to know the people behind the scenes (including me!). Here are the latest team members to join us.
It was the best of times, it was the… well, it was simply the best of times at WordCamp US 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. Saturated with top notch WordPress experts and enthusiasts alike, WordCamp US (WCUS) was educational, informative, inspiring, and filled with opportunities to exchange ideas and make new contacts.
It’s kind of a big deal, and we’re super excited to be a part of it. WordCamp US (WCUS) is happening this weekend, December 2-4, in Philadelphia, PA. It’s the last year that Philly will play host, so we expect this year’s WCUS to be especially eventful.
Last month, WebDevStudios hosted our annual WDS Camp. This gathering is one of the few chances the whole company can get together in person. While there are many advantages to being a distributed company, it is nice to see people face-to-face. Talking on Slack all day … Read More
Hold on a sec, I need to dance. Now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s move on. In 2010, WebDevStudios released the first version of the Custom Post Type UI (CPTUI) plugin to the WordPress plugin directory. At the time, Custom Post … Read More
No matter how many fancy new ways of advertising pop up, email marketing is still the 800 lb gorilla. Why wouldn’t it be? You add a form to your website, people sign up because they’re interested, you send them emails about what they’re interested in, … Read More
Wow, where does the time go? It has already been two months since our previous webinar. As you may recall, our CEO, Brad Williams, shared his experience working with WordPress in the enterprise space. The hour-long webinar was filled with great information from Brad and wrapped up with a number of excellent questions from the live audience.
You may have noticed that we’re hiring. A lot! We’ve been actively seeking back-end developers, project managers, and more to join our increasingly awesome team, and we keep finding rad folks who love WordPress to join us!
Looking to utilize your awesome social and sales skills? If you are ambitious, energetic, organized and want a fun working environment, then a position with WebDevStudios may be the perfect opportunity for you. We are growing and looking to add exceptional team members to our … Read More
Yep, you read that right! Another two team members get on board with WDS! Join us in welcoming our newest Back-End Developer, Gary Kovar, and Project Manager, Brian Mayer. A little bit more about them: Gary Gary began his professional career writing product copy for an e-commerce company.
Here at WebDevStudios we put a lot of emphasis on code quality. After handing off a product to a client, we never know who may be looking at and/or maintaining our code. We want to be proud and confident that the next person will not have an OMGWTFBBQ-head-smashing-into-keyboard moment, but one of delightful surprise.
During that time we have contributed thousands of hours to the WordPress community across various projects. Contributing to the WordPress community, and open source in general, is at the core of what we do at WDS.
You’ve likely heard or experienced how awesome the WordPress community is, right? For a lot of us in the early days of getting into WordPress Development, it’s one of the first things you notice and it draws you into the community-in fact, we mention it pretty often around here.
Since we’ve been posting about it constantly for the last month, you probably already know that we hosted our first webinar this past Monday. Brad talked about why enterprise companies should use WordPress, and detailed some of the basic misconceptions business owners have about WordPress.
We’ve covered the reasons why using transients (and caching in general) can greatly enhance the performance of WordPress sites. I’m offering up what I find to be two compelling solutions for pain points that are often encountered when working with transients-how to create dynamic keys and delete transients in bulk.
I consider myself lucky every morning when I wake up and get out of bed. I remind myself that I am a web developer, and every day is another day to make the internet better. I hope you feel the same.
We’ve helped a variety of large companies, many of which are household names, make the move to WordPress. Our experience and passion for WordPress leads us to believe that open source software is the future for enterprise companies.
Options are great. It’s always a wonderful thing to have options. I think most of us likely grew up being told that having options was important-for instance, fallback options, or when Plan A falls apart. Sometimes, though, too many options can create headaches and confusion.
Optimizing your development workflow is one of the most important things a developer can do. Being able to leverage your tools quickly and efficiently lets you spend your time working on actual development-instead of fighting your tools or doing boring, repetitive things.
“Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don’t abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book.” – Patti Smith There are many great pathways to glean new information out there, whether it be on the web or in a class.
As many of you know, our team is filled with folks who love going to events, both WordCamps and otherwise. In particular, our executive team is well-known for organizing and presenting at events across the world, and their eclectic backgrounds have given them a lot to share!
We are looking for a remote back-end developer with at least one year advanced WordPress development experience. The ideal candidate is someone who is actively working in the website and plugin dev…
WordPress makes up 25% of the internet, which is huge, and we need to make sure we can preserve WordPress sites for future generations. WordPress, by nature, is dynamic. The majority of content is produced by PHP and compiled at run time. Exporting and preserving an entire WordPress site as you see in the browser isn’t easy.
We have brought another Project Manager on board! Please join us in welcoming Jim to the WebDevStudios team! We’re excited about this addition to our rockstar project management team; please expect to see much more of Jim around these parts, and find out a little bit more about him below: Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
If you’ve poked around our business before, you know that we’ve helped quite a few companies, including some household names, get their sites on WordPress. Obviously, we’re huge fans of WP, and although the tide does seem to be turning, we believe that WordPress is still wildly underutilized in the enterprise space (or every space!).
As a developer, front-end or back-end, there is no lack of strong opinions on why or why not developers choose their text editor or IDE. It tends to be a very personal choice. A few popular editors in use these days are Sublime Text and Atom.
Remember back in 2009/2010, when @font-face was introduced? Developers rejoiced, because they no longer were they forced to use a (small) handful of fonts! There were some caveats though…browser support was just okay. To make @font-face work across Chrome, Safari, Firefox, IE, and mobile, you had to enqueue a bunch of different font file types…
Another spectacular Prestige Conference is coming up next week, May 24th-25th, and we are so jazzed to head to Minneapolis! Like PressNomics, Prestige is a tech conference that focuses on business and career development, rather than tech itself; most of the presentations are focused on discussing how to run a business in the tech industry, rather than on improving technical skills.
I’m a failure. You probably are, too. Admit it. Just say it out loud one time. Ping me on Twitter real quick and we can say it together: “I’m a failure.” Doesn’t that feel good? Feel a little bit less tension in your neck and shoulders?
Recently Chris Reynolds brought up an issue he was experiencing with one of our client projects; he was struggling to compare the current active status for plugins in a multisite network between internal dev servers and a WPEngine staging site so that he could debug some issues that were occurring.
We’re welcoming another member to the WDS team! Meet our newest dev, Benjamin Mueller! Here’s a little bit about Benjamin: Benjamin began using WordPress with version 2.7 and has been in love ever since. This romance has grown and taken him to multiple WordPress events all along the West Coast.
Although contributing to the open source-and specifically, the WordPress-community has always been a central component of WebDevStudios’ philosophy, it wasn’t until October of 2014 that we figured out how to formally contribute as a full company. We started participating in Five for the Future, where we designated 5% of WDS working hours to giving back to WordPress.
Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of work done to the starter theme we use at WDS, known as wd_s. Everything from incorporating a pattern library, migrating our build system from Grunt to Gulp, and adding some really great menu enhancements are just a few that we’ve covered!
We thought the best way to commemorate this momentous occasion, both for the For Dummies brand and for WordPress For Dummies, would be to host a giveaway! It has been awhile since our last giveaway, so we figured this was the perfect opportunity to bring it back!
We are looking for a front-end developer/designer with at least one year WordPress theme design experience. The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about graphic design and eager to learn as we train you to become an open source graphic design master.
Last quarter, we were hired by Skype and tasked with building a smaller site, featuring Skype TX. Skype TX is “studio-grade hardware for the broadcast industry, which features peerless integr…
It’s an exciting time for WebDevStudios! As we continue to grow, we strive to remain as adaptable, motivated, and responsive to our new employees as we are to our clients. We pride ourselves on being passionate, creative, innovative, and most of all, a great place to work!
There’s a lot of customization available under the hood of WordPress. There are also great out-of-the-box features to that often get looked over in the glitz and glamour of creating new template tags. Whether you’re a WordPress beginner or not, you may find some of these tips and tricks to be helpful surprises!
Spring is here, and here comes another awesome WordCamp! WordCamp Buffalo 2016 is coming our way on April 30th, 2016! Although I find it hard to believe that any of our regular readers are unfamiliar with WordCamp (come on, now!), for those of you that are completely green: WordCamps are events held all over the world where WordPress nerds unite to share their skills, insights, and learn a whole lot from a bunch of other smarties.
We recently discussed the differences between a Style Guide and Pattern Library, and the opportunity for leveraging both inside of a WordPress theme. Today, I’m excited to introduce you to wd_s Pattern Library 1.0 🎉 Here is a list of features (which I’ll also cover in further detail later in this post): 36 user interface patterns available out-of-the-box An auto-generated colors swatches page, which watches the for changes, and recompiles as needed.
Last year, at WDSCamp 2015, when we weren’t eating, throwing back beers, or, in my case, living in the lake, we did group presentations. We were assigned with team members who were folks on different teams; the idea was to shake it up and get … Read More
Last year, at WDSCamp 2015, when we weren’t eating, throwing back beers, or, in my case, living in the lake, we did group presentations. We were assigned with team members who were folks on different teams; the idea was to shake it up and get us to interact with people who we don’t necessarily get many opportunities to work with while presenting on material that we thought our coworkers would find useful.