What a custom functionality plugin is and why you should use one

A lot of tutorials have you put custom code in the functions.php file. But if it affects WordPress itself in anyway, that code should really go in a functionality plugin.

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Why you shouldn’t use the WordPress code editor

WordPress 4.9 gave a number of cool enhancements to the code editor for themes and plugins in the admin. But that doesn’t mean you should edit any PHP in the editor.

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Why you should create and use a child theme

Child themes are an important part of the WordPress ecosystem, but a lot of users don’t use one, which is extremely frustrating. So here’s why you should be using a child theme today.

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What I learned from helping to organize WordCamp DFW

I spent the past several months as the PR and Social Media organizer for WordCamp DFW. Needless to say, I learned a lot being on such an amazing team putting on an incredible event.

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WordPress needs to stay JavaScript framework ‘agnostic’

WordPress currently stands at a fork in the JavaScript road. For a long time, it seemed like a formality that the core team would select ReactJS as the JavaScript framework for WordPress. After all, Automattic, the company that runs WordPress.com, started using it, and the new post editor, Gutenberg, was being built with it. But […]

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Why WordCamps Matter

WordCamps are a great place to see the WordPress community in action. So if you use WordPress in any way, why haven’t you attended one?

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Displaying threaded comments with VueJS

Displaying comments in a threaded manner is challenging with the WP REST API. But here’s a simple way to do it with VueJS.

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The new Gutenberg editor in WordPress

In defense of the way Gutenberg adds oEmbeds and Shortcodes

There’s much debate about the Gutenberg editor, especially around these custom blocks which will replace oEmbeds and shortcodes. But it’s not as bad as it might seem.

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The new Gutenberg editor in WordPress

WordPress’ Gutenberg editor looks promising but needs work

WordPress’ eventual new post editor, Gutenberg, became available as a feature plugin two weeks ago. It certainly has it’s flaws but I think it has a lot of potential.

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WordPress 4.8

WordPress 4.8 a great setup for cool things to come

Sure, WordPress 4.8 doesn’t break any major ground, like the WP REST API in 4.7, but it’s another solid, quality release from the volunteers who work in core. And it sets up greater things down the road.

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