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Accessibility Design

Accessibility 101 for Content Creators

A perfectly coded website will still break down if the content isn’t written and built accessibly. This article is intended to give a no-coding-required breakdown of how to make accessible content. I’ll use WordPress as a basis for examples when relevant, but the same principles apply to however you build your website. Use Headings Headings […]

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Code Tutorial

Learning via Terrible Ideas: Replacing Text on Click, Part 1

JavaScript is pretty fun. You don’t need to know much to start playing around with it. Let’s jump in with a Terrible Idea that You Should Never Do.™️ Note: This article is intended for beginners (and kids!), but has plenty of extra tidbits along the way. I’ll be intentionally glossing over most topics, but give […]

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Accessibility Code

The Importance of HTML

In 1917, the artist Michael Duchamp submitted his work, “Fountain,” to an art exhibition. It’s a used urinal. And it stirred up yet another conversation about, “What is art?” I’ve only taken one art history class, so forgive my simplification here. Essentially, art is subjective. If you personally don’t like Duchamp’s urinal, it doesn’t make […]

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Life Professional Development

Getting Hired at Automattic

I started at Automattic on November 20, 2019, and it’s an incredible place to work. I’m constantly impressed by my coworkers kindness, intelligence, and compassion. If you’re looking for a rewarding remote job that you can work from anywhere in the world, definitely apply. I’m still overjoyed and amazed I was hired. While going through […]

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Life

Why I’m Using a Site I Didn’t Code

I make websites for a living. I’ve made hundreds of custom sites. But not this one. I think I’m on iteration 4 of my portfolio site. Every 3 years or so I’ll take the time to switch it up. I did that again last week, but instead of redesigning and recoding my site by hand […]

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Health

Shoulder Health for Developers

At my first team meetup for Automattic, I gave a flash talk on shoulder health. I’m the only US-born person on my team, and they made sure to point out how American this disclaimer is, but here it is anyways: I’m not a doctor. Don’t take this article as medical advice. These are things that […]

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Code Wordpress

Taxonomy Queries with WordPress v2 REST API

In order to access posts by a taxonomy query via the v2 WP REST API, you’ll need to do a little set-up first. Let’s say we’re starting a beer blog, and we’re attaching two custom taxonomies to our posts: “styles” and “breweries”. Creating the Taxonomies When you register the taxonomy using register_taxonomy, you have to […]

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Code

Tutorial: How to Minify & Version a JS File with NPM Scripts

One of the studies with the Center for Media Engagement needed a straightforward way to maintain and deploy a single JS file. I didn’t want to use a big fancy WebPack or Gulp setup when all we needed was to minify and version a single JS file, so I turned to using npm scripts. tl;dr […]

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Code Wordpress

WordPress Actions Made Simple

I was coding WordPress themes for an embarrassingly long time before I fully understood how to use WordPress actions. This is how I wish someone had explained them to me when I was beginning as a developer. I’m going to walk through this abstractly, not with actual WordPress hooks. The point of this article is […]

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Code

Basic HTML Boilerplate Structure

When you only create a new base template every few months (or longer!), it’s hard to remember the little details of the structure that you don’t touch often. As of HTML5, the <doctype>declaration and structure has gotten a lot easier, but it’s still easy to forget. Here’s the basics: Notes on Easily Forgotten Structural Tags […]