Category: Tutorials+Tips

November 22, 2017 in Tutorials+Tips

Advocating for Accessible UI Design

Although it is a hot topic in our industry, accessibility is not just up to developers! In this article I wrote for CSS-Tricks, I go through several non-technical accessibility tips developers can share with designers and content providers in order to advocate for accessible UI design on teams.

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October 21, 2017 in Tutorials+Tips, WordPress

What is PHP Output Buffering?

As someone who works with WordPress on the regular, output buffering is one of those concepts that I've encountered in the past and, until now, never needed to understand. I hope this serves to be a relatively plain language description of what output buffering is at a high level, and will illuminate the concept for others!

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August 18, 2017 in Tutorials+Tips, Updates

Plans and Pens for notlaura.com v3

There are a lot of fun technologies that have matured since I took my ski-bum sabbatical over the winter, and I am doing my best to bring my skills back up to speed. They weren’t all that far behind, but given my newfound motivation and availability for side projects, I’m […]

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March 30, 2017 in Links, Tutorials+Tips

Five-Figure WordPress Resources

Of all the talks I've given, the "The Five-Figure WordPress Website" is my favorite. It's a thorough look at the process I use to make WordPress websites in my freelance practice, and I'm really happy to share the process it's taken me many years to fine tune. With that in mind, here are a bunch of resources that I've found particularly helpful over the years and hopefully you will too!

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April 28, 2016 in Tutorials+Tips

How to render a code block of Haml in Haml

I’m currently working on a style guide for a Rails app (fun!). The documentation is built as a baby Rails app of it’s own, thus in Haml, an HTML pre-processor (think Sass, but for HTML). Like any style guide worth it’s salt, I wanted to have a block […]

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October 16, 2015 in Tutorials+Tips, WordPress

The Twig for Timber Cheatsheet

Although Timber ultimately simplifies templating in WordPress, there’s a bit of a barrier to entry. If you haven’t worked in a templating language before, it takes some time to get a handle on what’s possible. The following are some introductory Twig concepts and snippets I’ve found particularly useful when working with Timber and Advanced Custom Fields.

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August 27, 2015 in Tutorials+Tips

@include upperspace;

I’ve made a few websites over the past year or so, and I finally feel like I’ve nailed down the process. Of course there’s a lot more to it, but potentially the most useful, simple, and adorably named part has been a […]

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June 21, 2015 in Tutorials+Tips, WordPress

WP Super Cache and Browser Caching

I've been jamming on WP Super Cache these days. As great as Super Cache is (and it is great), however, you will consistently be failing in YSlow's "Expires Headers", Web Page Test's "Cache Static Content", and Google Page Speed Insights' "Leverage Browser Caching". Shouldn't a plugin with name "Super Cache" take care of all things caching? Not necessarily.

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April 22, 2014 in Tutorials+Tips, WordPress

WP dev tools I’m stoked about

I’m constantly reading about workflows and new tools, and don’t really get a chance to use them until something fresh comes around (or if I make an extra 5 hrs to try them out). Anyhow, I’ve got some WordPress in the works and wanted to share these excellent finds.

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April 15, 2014 in Tutorials+Tips

Color Pickers of Choice

We’ve all got our faves, here are mine! Adobe Kuler Kuler is awesome. You can create your own color schemes from a color or an uploaded image, but the best part is the massive amount of color combos created by Kuler users. You can […]

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