Craft CMS for Custom Websites

You may not have heard of Craft, but it’s a well-regarded CMS. It puts the emphasis in “content management system” on content. You’re on your own for the HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, but that gives you more flexibility than with complete site hosting systems such as WordPress and Drupal. Like those two competitors, it’s built … Read more

Plugin Monday: BuddyPress

Without a doubt, social media has had a larger influence on the business world than any other single factor of the past decade. Websites like Facebook and Twitter have proven the power of community networking for increasing exposure and traffic for your website. To this end BuddyPress, a WordPress plugin is available to assist you in easily and … Read more

Taking a Look at the WordPress Coding Standards

As with any open-source project, programming within the WordPress ecosystem involves a high degree of collaboration with others. Accordingly, the team at WordPress has consolidated a collection of standards that they suggest developers adhere to when contributing to WordPress or creating third-party plugins and themes. This increases readability of your code and aids anyone who wishes … Read more

It Shouldn’t Be Designer vs. Developer

Application designers and software developers come from different mindsets. They’re often different personality types. To create a successful product, they have to overcome their differences and work together. The designer is concerned with an application’s appearance and the user experience. The developer creates the application itself, using layouts and graphic elements from the designer. The … Read more

The WordPress and Drupal Communities

Come For the Code, Stay For the Communities Aside from features and technical advantages, an important question in choosing open source software is what the community is like. If several alternatives will do the job, then the people who support the software, make recommendations, and offer technical help can be the deciding factor. WordPress and … Read more

Plugin Monday: Shortcake (Shortcodes UI)

As you work with WordPress plugins, you’ll come across a useful feature called shortcodes. They let you insert special items into a page or post, according to what the plugin can do. The only trouble is that they aren’t very user-friendly. For instance, a plugin might let you insert a button into a post, asking … Read more

Drupal Coding Standards Make Code Better

Any Drupal programmer should be familiar with its coding standards. A lot of them look like nitpicking, but following them gives code a consistent appearance and avoids bad practices. A development team will find the code easier to follow when everyone uses the same standards. Appearance The parts that deal just with the appearance of … Read more

Plugin Monday: Ninja Forms

One of the great advantages of using WordPress is the multitude of free plugins that are available. Instead of having to manually code a website yourself, you are able to install a plugin and have the work done for you. One such plugin is Ninja Forms, which allows you to easily and seamlessly create submission … Read more