As web developers go, I’m a pragmatist. I have a core set of development practices that work well for me, and I’m not constantly bounding forward to the bleeding edge of dev technology. If you’re like me, you may feel intimidated by what I’ll refer to as “die-hard” developers—devs who are innately fascinated by development languages, patterns, and tools, particularly new ones. Watching the endless flood of new tools year after year (Grunt? Node.js?) can feel like falling further and further behind the “real” programmers. The test of a new tool. . . My advice for this situation is not to […]
Git it Right: Better WordPress Development
Git (and version control in general) is one of those things that can take time to understand why you need it. But once you do, you’ll never want to live without it. If you’re not sure if you should be using a version control system, ask yourself if you ever work in teams, make mistakes, or lack a perfect memory of everything you do. If you answered yes to any of those questions, I recommend you use a version control system. A version control system, such as Git, tracks every change to the content of a version control repository—a theme, […]
Diving into Dictator: A Provisioning Tool for WordPress
Some of you may have seen the announcement of a new WP-CLI package known as Dictator. Dictator allows you to define the “state” of your WordPress install. It keeps a running record of your WordPress configuration options, broken up into three categories. “Settings” stores basic site information like title, description, and active theme and plugins. “Users” stores the name, email, and display_name of each user. “Terms” holds categories, tags, and other post metadata. All of this information is stored neatly in a small YAML config file. That way, you can hand off a config file to various members of a […]
Mastered SVN? Why Not Learn GIT Now?
Wow, the heart people have for education is sometimes literally mind-blowing. You know, the people that spend time building into others and investing into others with their time and apps and services. For example, although many of you may know SVN as it relates to WordPress you may not be as familiar with Git, which is a growing segment of WordPressers. Not sure where to start? Why not try this amazing tutorial and overview:
The WordPress Weekend Roundup
It’s that time again! Let’s just jump right in – you’ve got a weekend to take advantage of and so do I – like do nothing, that’s what! Just kidding. “Weekend,” what is that?!
Packzip: WP Plugin Packager Automation
Who doesn’t like a little more automation in their life? Well, the guys over at WYSIJA have released Packzip, a ruby app that is based on the Sinatra framework that simply integrates GIT and Tansifex command-line client in one tool. What does it do? Simple:
2 WP.TV Talks (and Tips To Be a Better Presenter)
Like many of you I spend most of my time (and my living) sitting behind a computer and writing things with my hot little hands. I love the work that I do and I get to spend a lot of my time with a great team, which makes it all the better. On occasion I get invited to speak publicly, keynote events, and share my opinions about certain topics – I’m still baffled that anyone cares to invite me in the first place as there are many more professional speakers out there that can do a much better job than I. I’m […]
The WordPress Weekend Roundup
This is your WordPress weekend roundup – blog posts that we couldn’t entertain fully in the past week but that might still be worth your time. We spend our weekend curating this list so that you don’t have to! We hope that by spending a few hours (or more than a few hours) that we save hundreds if not thousands of our own community’s time! It is an opportunity we can’t pass up! And at this point we’ve done over 20 of these at this point! Ready? Here we go!
Automate Deployments with Scatter
Evan Solomon has been busy and his busyness hasn’t been without cause and value. A few months ago he shared a new project with the world, a “helper” with deployment called Scatter. The idea was to create a support mechanism that would help you deploy your code via a custom script for different projects. You can use any system you’d like, by the way, making it easy to access the custom script as you need. It’s basic design is to help keep your deploy and web code separate. In addition, it’ll make it easy to access one or the other […]
Roll Your Own Custom WordPress Install Zip
Many of us will do whatever it takes to simplify the rote systems and processes that we have to accomplish on any given day – this is why many of us subscribe to different philosophies of GTD and try many of the different and varying mobile and desktop applications that help us accomplish things faster, better, and smarter. It’s those types of applications that I really like coming into our inbox since time wisely-saved is time available for more fruitful endeavors! Chris Chaudruc is a man to be thanked because he’s created the first iteration of a new WordPress-powered serviced […]
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