On Trust and Opacity

Yesterday Tom McFarlin published an important article titled The WordPress Community (A Comedy of Drama, Ego, Oligarchies, and More). If you work with WordPress or the WordPress community, it is mandatory reading and worth some serious reflection. Tom shines a light on some of the darker parts of flat-structure communities and asks poignant questions about communication, language, […]

WordPress, Responsive Images, and Dynamic Image Sizes

This is an addendum to my article WordPress Image Handling in a Responsive Images World. If you haven’t done so already you should read it to get the background. Responsive Images in WordPress Core opens up a previously unattainable opportunity for the application to allow theme (and plugin) designers and developers to take control over image […]

WordPress Image Handling in a Responsive Images World

Note to the reader: This post falls under the umbrella “Morten thinking out loud”. You have been warned. This is the first of a 2-part article. Be sure to read the 2nd part WordPress, Responsive Images, and Dynamic Image Sizes once you’re done. Consider the image above. Depending on your screen resolution and size, the image […]

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 […]