Custom WordPress Theme Design: What to Look For

WordPress is the most popular content management system for a reason. It flexible, extendable and user-friendly. No wonder it’s used by 28% of the web. If you’ve decided to use WordPress one of your first decisions is use an existing theme (paid or free) or a custom developed one. We’ve written about this decision here. […]

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WordPress Themes: Custom Development or Existing Premium Theme

With an ample amount of premium WordPress themes available you might question the need to have a custom theme designed and built for you. While there are some great WordPress themes available, a custom designed and built theme has numerous advantages. Ducks and Decorated Sheds A few years ago I attended a user-experience talk by […]

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Growing a WordCamp Year After Year

The fourth WordCamp Ann Arbor just wrapped up, and the initial feedback is that it was the best one to date. Two years ago I wrote a post summarizing what I had learned leading WordCamps prior to stepping down as lead organizer. Now I’ve been involved in another two and have seen the camp I […]

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The Need for NonCamps

2017 was the year of my foray into non-Camp WordPress conferences. They’ve changed my perspective on the WordPress conference landscape. Years ago when Pressnomics was first announced, I questioned the need for a non-camp focused conference. Couldn’t we discuss business topics at a WordCamp? Is this a way to get around the rules put in […]

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Is WordPress Ready to be a Business Application Platform?

WordPress was originally built for blogging. Eventually it evolved into a content management system. Now, many say its future is an application framework. It’s now quick and easy to assemble rich functionality using structured data, user management, and integrations with other platforms. There have been many discussions about using WordPress for consumer targeted applications, but […]

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DRYing out WordPress Asset Enqueuing

WordPress has several handy functions for granular control over external assets. Specifically wp_enqueue_script(), wp_register_script(), wp_enqueue_style(), wp_register_style(). These functions allow us to register assets so they’re available and can be added to the page where applicable. While these functions give a fair amount of control, if you have a complex site you can end up repeating […]

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What to Know When Working with WordPress VIP for the First Time

From the inception of WordPress VIP I’ve wondered what it was like to work on a VIP-hosted project. The hosting platform is notorious for being strict on code and process. On occasion, 3.7 DESIGNS would start a project that seemed like a good fit for the platform, but inevitably the projects would never get off […]

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Useful WordPress Hacks, Functions and Routines

The longer you work with WordPress the more often you find yourself needing to do something slightly beyond what’s immediately obvious. Sometimes it’s modifying a portion of the admin, other times it’s using a custom walker to pull a field into the menu system. If you’ve ever dealt with custom roles and permissions you know […]

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Paying Respect to the “WordPress Assembler”

Having recently returned from WordCamp US, I find myself wondering if we’re not paying enough respect to an important part of our community. Having met lots of new people, I noticed that how one uses WordPress comes up within the first few minutes of conversation. Many of those I met responded by saying they were […]

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