It is time to rename the “Happiness Bar”

tldr: The “Happiness Bar” needs a new name. I’ll start the brain storming here: Help Desk Help Bar Admin Bar WordPress Help Q&A Desk Support Desk Support Bar Service Bar Oracle Bar I’ve been a volunteer at the Happiness Bar of close to 10 WordCamps in the last 5 years. The experience of interacting with…

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: 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…

Thinking Inside the Box – My WordCamp San Francisco 2014 Lightning Talk

What started as a challenge ended up as a lightning talk at WordCamp San Francisco 2014: Explain the CSS Box Model in an understandable way to a crowd of mainly bloggers and designers. In 5 minutes. With no live code. The video slides are unfortunately largely cut out of this video so you don’t get…

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.