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…

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…

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.