WordPress, Composer, Desktop Server and You

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I recently wrote about my pet project that I built a site for. In messing around with that project, I’d learned a good deal about Gulp build tools and all the neat things they can do. Yet, one thing I’d never had, that always knew I wanted was a way to install the proper themes/plugins that I wanted. This was something I’d pursued a couple of years back and left it alone when there was no good answers available… The best answer I could come up with was to have a dev site that had all my commonly used plugins… While, sure, that was cool; let’s face it, it fucking sucks.

So what’s a guy to do?

Well, with build…

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A Rule of 5 to Live By…

Many of my colleagues who work with WordPress have, by now, no doubt  read Matt Mullenweg’s post regarding giving 5% back to the WordPress open source project. It’s a notion that has inspired a lot of discussion already and I don’t think I have much to add to it. I can contribute to the noise, however.

From a literal standpoint, 5% can be tough to make sustainable.

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time”

— Creighton Adams

The fact is that there are so many ways we can contribute to the thing we make a living off of that is, essentially free. You don’t have to be a “Nacin” you can just be you and contribute in your own way.

While just as important, if not more so, to growing adoption of WordPress, the community around it is…

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Appending Markup to Slides in Soliloquy

This is a simple little snippet. On a project I’m working I had a need to include social share buttons with each item in a carousel slider.

Anyone who asks me knows that I’m a big fan of Soliloquy, from Thomas Griffin Media. I’m a fan because it’s a simple solution with some nifty add-ons and does what I need it to without too much fuss.

With the 2.x update Soliloquy added some filters to their plugin, making adding your own markup to your slides easier.

/* Filter to Append HTML to Slides
============================================= */
add_filter( 'soliloquy_output_slide', 'tgm_soliloquy_custom_html', 10, 4 );
function tgm_soliloquy_custom_html( $html, $id, $image, $data ) {

$slider_id = $data; // Get Slider ID
$slider_img= $image; // Optional; Getting Image URL from slider object

if ( '1937' != $slider_id ) return $html; // If the ID doesn't match...

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Genesis Starter Theme Using Bourbon Neat

And I’m at it again! This time I decided to cobble together a very basic Genesis Starter theme that uses Bourbon Neat. You can find that project here: https://github.com/digisavvy/genesis-bourbon-neat.

Plugging away with different tools is a lot of fun actually and you learn different tricks; apply new ways of thinking and more. I feel like I’ve been on this anti-framework kick of late. I’m not anti-framework. I think they’re great, actually! I just understand better what they are and what they can do to enable me to do my job better. I guess that’s what it really comes down to.

I wanted to break down a Genesis starter theme to its most basic elements, visually, by having a lean CSS base to start from so that you only have to build up and not have to tear down, so to speak….

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Your client wants you to ballpark cost? Never estimate the unknown. #wcmia

Chris Lema

WordPress Pasadena Meetup for May

It’s gonna happen folks, looks like we’re having our meetup in May, after all. So come on out, learn, share and be a thug whilst drinking coffee and eating so many scones that your eyes egg-sploded

** NOTE ** This month we’re meeting at a different location: Copa Vida and they have graciously offered to host us this month. I would ask you to show your appreciation by filling up on soooooo many snacks and caffeines in liquid and solid forms!

Meetup Link: http://www.meetup.com/wordpress-pasadena/events/180626072/

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My Review of Thrive Content Builder

Thrive Content Builder is a front end editor for WordPress. A tool like this is something valuable for all users. Why? For me, I want to build a decent looking landing page that doesn’t take a lot of time to set up. For less experienced users, it’s a great way to feel empowered over their content. So I saw this mentioned in the Orange County WordPress Facebook Group. I jumped-in and figured it couldn’t be any worse than what’s already out there.

So what was I going to try to build? Something of a landing page like what we see below.

Screenshot 2014-04-28 16.54.18

So what’s the problem?

If you watch the video that Thrive Themes put out for their Content Builder, they hit on the reasons why existing page-builder plugins suck. Specifically…

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