March 31, 2017 • Written by

Advanced Custom Fields: Building a Client Friendly “Page Builder”, Part 1

There are very few subjects debated so hotly in the WordPress world as the ones regarding "Page Builders". For the unfamiliar, a page builder allows the end user to set up content without needing knowledge of code.  While - to the end user - the allure of being able to have full control over design and…

March 28, 2017 • Written by

Encryption, WordPress, Terrorism, and the Modern Web

Editor's Note: I try not to bring politics into my development discussions, but when they intersect, it's always a good time for a teaching moment. If you leave a comment, be civil and follow the rules of having a good discussion, or I will outright delete your comments. There's no room here for rude people.…

March 27, 2017 • Written by

Upcoming Conferences to Consider

I love conferences. There is a certain vibe you can only get from being in a room with people who are just as excited as you about a subject.  And not just because there's great speakers: some of my favorite times at a conference come from the "hallway track" - getting out of the session…

March 17, 2017 • Written by

WooCommerce: Third Party API Calls At Checkout

I've been doing a lot more WooCommerce work as of late. And with good reason - WooCommerce (as of the end of 2016) powers nearly 42% of all eCommerce stores on the internet. One of the biggest requests I have when working with WooCommerce is how to integrate a third party vendor into a checkout…

March 15, 2017 • Written by

Local by Flywheel: An Overview

I've been using Vagrant and VVV with VV (a site creation wizard) for a while now as the cornerstone of my development workflow. I have customized my VVV quite a bit over the years, and - while I was happy with it - I was always on the lookout for something better to see if…

March 14, 2017 • Written by

Twitch Conditional – A WordPress Plugin for Twitch Streamers

I love Twitch. I actually spend my work day with one browser dedicated to Twitch, and subscribe to MrHappy's daily Stream. So when rumors surfaced a few years ago their API, of course I wanted a way to interface with that API. In doing research, I realized that a lot of streamers don't have real…

October 25, 2016 • Written by

Achievers & Gamification: “I Wanna Be The Very Best”

Achievers in games want one thing out of their experience: to be the absolute best in whatever the game has in store. Whether it's winning the top prize or beating the baddest boss, these players want to climb to the top of the pyramid of success.  Prestige, and the thrill of the achievement, are what…