Make sure your WordPress site is mobile-friendly

robots.txt might be ruining your Mobile-Friendly Ranking with Google

-+*Sometimes our computers try a little too hard to help us and end up hurting us instead. In Norwegian we call it a “Bear’s Favor”. Such may be the case with your robots.txt file and Google’s upcoming Mobile-Friendly Ranking. Test your site If  you haven’t done so already, head over to Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test page […]

Plugins, Automatic Updates, and the Average WordPress User

-+*The fallout over the automatic update of Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin shows the WordPress community is suffering from a severe case of Developer Goggles. Background Yesterday (March 11th, 2015) Joost de Valk released a security update to the popular WordPress SEO plugin, currently running on over 1 million WordPress sites around the world. The release came after a […]

Simone 2.0

Simone 2.0: Custom backgrounds, sidebar position, RTL support, and more

-+*After much ado Simone 2.0 is now live in the WordPress Theme Directory. The theme is cresting 50,000 downloads already and for the new version I decided to bake in some of the most requested new features. Custom Background One of the standard WordPress theme features that were not available in the original version of […]

Challenges with the new method for inheriting parent styles in WordPress child themes

-+*The new recommended code for inheriting parent theme styles in WordPress child themes have uncovered several issues with the concept of child themes. What follows is a rundown of how things work, what problems are caused by the status quo, and finally some proposed solutions.

Simone - a free accessible responsive WordPress theme

Simone and Building WordPress Themes from Scratch Using Underscores

-+*Over the past few weeks two major releases took place, and now it’s time to talk about them: First, the new free WordPress theme Simone announced my re-entry into the free WordPress theme space. If you’ve been following me for a while you know I’ve released free WordPress themes before and you may also know […]

Drawing of a red/green colour blind test with a logo in the middle

The accessibility-ready Tag Should Be Required for All WordPress Themes

-+*When was the last time you tried navigating your WordPress site using only the keyboard? Chances are you never have, and if you do you are likely to have a sub-optimal experience at best. The alarming reality is only a handful of WordPress themes (and thus WordPress-powered sites) meet basic accessibility guidelines. This is not […]

A meta image for WordPress

Title, Caption, Alt Text, and Description: Harnessing the Power of WordPress Image Metadata

-+*The Title, Caption, Alt Text, and Description fields for images in WordPress are the most ignored and underutilized features that can improve your content and bring more people to your site. Learn how to use them to create better user experiences and more attractive and compelling content.

Break free from inline styles in WordPress

Adding Borders to WordPress Images the Right Way – a.k.a. Why Inline Styles Have No Place In Your Posts

-+*Much controversy surrounds the removal of the image border feature in WordPress. In this tutorial Morten Rand-Hendriksen shows you how to add image borders the correct way and also proposes a new set of standards for WordPress theme developers going forward to account for users who want borders around their images.