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.

DDoS

The DDoS and the Damage Done

“With this notification we would like to inform you that our in-house Website Performance Monitoring System (WPMS) has signaled that your account constantly uses a large amount of the server’s CPU resources. These excessive requests consume an abnormally high amount of CPU resources and endanger the overall performance of the server.¬†Your account consume more then […]

WordPress Post Formats

Why Post Formats Should Be Plugin Territory

Post Formats is arguably the most poorly defined and confusing feature of WordPress core both for developers and users. Post Format behaviour is inconsistent across themes and the guidelines for the feature are ambiguous at best. When the core developer team started work on a proposed Post Formats UI around this time last year they […]