Category: web development

i’m not here to judge — change is tough. but i will say that gutenberg makes the content creation experience so fun

that said, you might have a site where gutenberg isn’t necessary (a bunch of metadata options for each page/post type)

so instead of installing an older version of wordpress (v4.9.*), use this function to disable gutenberg and revert to the classic editor

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i admit that i was afraid of upgrading to the new gutenberg editor… either preventing my site from upgrading to v5.0 or even adding a function to keep the classic editor alive.

in developing my site, i wanted to include performance enhancements. namely, lazyloading using lozad. however, out of the box, the image block markup looks like this:

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as mentioned in my previous post, i used lighthouse to create reports to show the status of four important stats: performance, accessibility, best practices, and seo

Initial report

here was the initial report created on launch day

Lighthouse report
initial launch day lighthouse report

“all green” (90-100 scores) was the initial goal

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or: quarantine life is very boring

that said, i’ve learned a lot from my time at rdi, development-wise — i wanted to apply those learnings to my personal site. this is how i get better at things — by doing

…also, i haven’t updated this code since 2017 — it’s been way too long

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a running, hopefully constantly updated, list of the tools i use when making the websites

  • Owl Carouselif you MUST use carousels, this one should do the trick. it’s responsive and has a BOATLOAD of options
  • CMB2 – making custom metaboxes is time consuming and tough to maintain, use CMB2 to make them quicker and cleaner/prettier
  • Prepros – FREE (nagging message every 5 minutes), but only $29 for a lifetime license. awesome tool that works on windows/mac/linux that can compile LESS, Sass, minify js/css, make bacon, etc.
  • Fontello – don’t use images for your social media icons (or any icons for that matter) — you’ll most likely find what you’re looking for on the site. if you need to add more in the future, you can simply drag and drop the original svg you have and then add to it
  • – it’s like pied piper, but just for images. this needs to be a plugin and soon because it does an amazing job at compressing images
  • Slidebars – if you need to create an off-canvas menu/sidebar on your site, this is pretty clean and lightweight

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there are a few assumptions:

  1. you already have your tumblr consumer key, secret, oauth token, and oauth token secret
  2. i used this tutorial as a starting point:
    • i didn’t use the callback.php nor the connect.php files in the zip
  3. create a private (password-protected) tumblr blog and set up each editor as a contributor to it
    • private because you don’t want viewers to happen upon the tumblr site (you’ll lose hits on your own site!)

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the best method i’ve found to use a lean svg on your site — from eps to svg


some browsers can’t handle svg’s quite yet, so i’ve found this nice little lightweight javascript plugin that’ll switch out svg’s with their png counterparts (you’d have to have both files on your server)

This is one of the worst bugs I’ve encountered in a while. The worst because you really don’t know exactly where the issue can be fixed…

If you go to your site’s RSS feed (http://YOUR_SITE_URL/feed), you might see this message:

XML Parsing Error: XML or text declaration not at start of entity
Location: http://YOUR_SITE_URL/feed
Line Number 3, Column 1:
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?><rss version=”2.0″

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say you have 10 group names, labeled ‘$group_1’, ‘$group_2’, etc. and you want to display each of them. a quick way to do that is to use dynamic variables (aka variable variables)

for ($i = 1; $i < 11; $i++) {
echo ${'group_' . $i};

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