If you’re a web designer or developer I can say with almost 100 percent certainty that you’ve heard of, and most likely used, Google Fonts. As we discussed a couple of weeks ago, web typography has had a pretty dismal history and has only recently become flexible enough to give us solid options. If you’re a developer, there are tools like Font Squirrel and Google Fonts that allow you to easily use a wide selection of fonts, but you need to do a little bit of coding to get it to work on your site. This is where WP Google Fonts comes in.
One of the features of WordPress that I use most often is Custom Post Types. If you have ever used WordPress, you probably already know about two post types: Posts and Pages. While they are very similar, both serve purposes different from one another. Posts are just that – more temporary, articles that will eventually get pushed off of the homepage and reside in your site’s archives. Pages are different in that they are more permanent – examples like “About Us” or “Our Services.” While they are similar in structure and features, they are different in use – which is one of the great things about Custom Post Types.
Matt Mullenweg, Automattic’s head honcho and the face of WordPress, recently posted on his blog about the recent acquisition of the file-sharing service Cloudup. While the service is not available publicly just yet, Mullenweg did release a few of hundred beta codes through his blog, and I was able to scoop one up last week to run through some of the initial offerings of Cloudup.
As every web developer knows, tables in the world of coding are a terrible, terrible thing that should never be forced upon anyone. Ever.
And while tables are great at displaying information, their use as a layout tool in the past has left a terrible taste in the mouths of more than one developer. That being said, tables still have their use and every once in awhile we have to dust one off to use in one of our development projects.
The WordPress Core User Interface team have been working not-so-secretly on a redesign of the widely-used WordPress Admin Dashboard. What started as flattening the icons for the 3.6 release has turned into a drastic revamp of entire look-and-feel of the user interface. Flat and responsive design have taken the industry by storm. WordPress is pushing even further with unique user interface controls and to address specific problems when it comes to publishing content.
Here at Southern Web Group, almost every project we build or touch is built on the WordPress Content Management System. It’s a great open source CMS wrapped in an excellent community of developers and contributors. As such, there are a ton of plugins that we use on almost every build when building out the pages and site architecture, as well as managing images and content during and after the project build.
One of the most requested features for any Content Management System (CMS) is finally making its way into WordPress core, front-end editing. In simplest terms, this will give users the ability to edit post and page content within the front-end of the site instead of the WordPress dashboard. This feature would allow theme developers to more seamlessly integrate styling into the editor so users get a real-world preview of their content edits.