This is a copy of a post I initially wrote for a8c design. The experience of creating a WordPress site can vary wildly. Occasionally, I hear how someone set it up without any major roadblocks. I more often witness nightmare-level setup experiences. Together, with help from the community and hosts, we’re working to improve the… Continue reading Improving the WordPress experience
Over the last several years, I have read several lengthy articles on how everyone should organize your CSS and why one method is better than another. In fact, I have even bought into several of these ideas in the past, but let’s take a look at what these systems are trying to solve and why they are largely unnecessary… Continue reading Organize your CSS properties however you dang like
A fellow designer and coworker of mine at Automattic, John Maeda, has been curating articles on the fairly new design.blog since August last year. After WordCamp US, he invited Mel Choyce and me to write an article for it each. He also asked me to design the cover. Designing the cover felt similar to coding for CSS Zen Garden,… Continue reading Design.blog
I have been using Safari as my default browser for the last few months. I really wanted to see what Apple has been up to with their browser and wondered if I could use it effectively for designing and building websites. The gist is that the browser is pretty dang nice for the most part. I… Continue reading Safari, I want to love you, but I just can’t
I’m super excited to finally ditch my old blog.michaelarestad.com blog address for something a bit nicer. Thanks to my generous employer, I now am the super proud owner of michael.blog. I went through the process of setting up the domain on get.blog and I have to say, it was pretty dang slick. I moved all… Continue reading blog. to .blog
There are enough WordPress plugin and theme listicles out there to match a single day of Buzzfeed-generated articles (probably not), but I think it’s time we took a good look at some of the truly inspiring plugins out there. Note: I have “extensively” tested these plugins on my local test site… and by “extensively” I mean… Continue reading Top 10 Delightful WordPress plugins
Right now, the WordPress dashboard is my least used and most visited page in the admin. I don’t know the history of why it was made and the decisions about it along the way. It seems like the why might be “because we needed a place for users to go when they logged in” and… Continue reading What is the WordPress dashboard for?