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Things that last

Some thoughts about what lasts, and what doesn’t.

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Personal Updates

Thoughts on personal websites and full-time jobs / notlaura.com v4 [WiH]

notlaura.com v4 is in the works.

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Web Development

Designgineering Chronicles: Months 6.5-8.5, Part 1

It’s a month later than I would have liked, but at long last an update on project Cantaloupe which is full steam ahead on development. What’s it like to build and use a design system at the same time? In Part 1, we talk workflow, CSS utilities, and houses of cards.

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Web Development

A quick CSS algorithm for handling the WP Admin bar with a fixed menu

The WordPress admin bar mixed with a fixed menu can be an annoyance. Here’s an imperfect CSS algorithm that uses a couple of custom properties to help with that!

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Thoughts Updates

2017: Year in Review What’s up, 2018!

My 2017 Year In Review post ended up morphing into a longer article, so for now, here are some goals and plans for 2018. They can be boiled down to WordPress, Computer Science studies, and writing.

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Thoughts Web Development WordPress

Researching Headless WordPress:
The head stays on…for now.

I have a new project coming up that is the perfect opportunity to refine my WordPress process. Building the site as a “headless CMS” and finally digging into React was at the top of my mind, but after some research, I’ve decided the head will stay on.

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Updates

A few things I’m excited about

Adjusting to life in LA has taken a lot longer and a lot more work than I anticipated. I find myself re-discovering my work and learning habits, but I’m finally starting to feel back in the game after my break earlier this year. Here are a few things I’m particularly excited about.

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Links Web Development

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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Web Development

Squarespace vs. WordPress vs. Whatever: My Final Answer

If I had a nickel for every time I heard this question: “I want to make a website, but I know nothing about websites. Should I use Squarespace or WordPress? Something else?” In reality I’d have less than a dollar, but I hear it enough that it’s time to write a serious post answering the question.

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Thoughts

Why don’t code schools teach WordPress?

In the coding classes I’ve taught (which, for the record, have been part-time, not bootcamps) students’ intentions are often to make their own websites, work on existing ones, or to incorporate web development into a freelance practice. Regarding bootcamps, I’ve met several graduates who began their careers with freelancing, where a lack of WordPress competence […]

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Web Development 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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Updates WordPress

Sassy WordPress and some updates

A recap of my talk “Sassy WordPress” along with some updates I’ll add should I give the talk again.

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Web Development WordPress

Iterate over Keys and Values in Twig with Timber

I found the Twig documentation for using key value pairs from PHP arrays a little sparse, so thought I’d elaborate.

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Projects WordPress

MTNmeister.com:
Timber + ACF for the Win

I’m excited to officially announce the launch of MTNmeister.com. It was really fun to build, thanks to my new favorite pair of things in the world: Timber with Advanced Custom Fields. I’d like to share some highlights of my process, and maybe even convince you to try out Timber on your next project.

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Projects Updates

New Workshop! Portfolio Site in a Day-ish

Calling all website-less visual artists! You’ve been putting your website off for a while now, right? Come to this two session workshop and leave with a fully functioning portfolio site. We will create websites using WordPress and the theme WPFolio. The workshop will be limited to 4 people to ensure everyone gets the most out […]