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When to use toggle switches? The process of discovering and establishing a reusable design pattern

28 August 2019 | 1 Comment | Kai van Grunsven

Design patterns Over a short period of two years, the UX department at Yoast has grown from one UX designer to the current UX team of four designers. In the early days, we were used to making UX decisions based on gut feeling and common sense. At times, these designs worked out well, but sometimes …

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Every WordPress developer should have their own blog!

7 August 2019 | Andy Meerwaldt

As WordPress developers, we're busy with developing features most of the time. Developing functionalities is awesome, but a lot can go wrong too, unfortunately. One way to help prevent things going awry is having your own blog. Here, I'll explain how writing for my own blog helped me understand WordPress users better and improved my …

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Safely using PHP dependencies in the WordPress ecosystem

10 July 2019 | Jip Moors

Plugins and themes from the WordPress.org repository install as stand-alone packages; they need to contain all the code, files, and dependencies needed to function correctly. Because there is no centralized system with an overview of all the dependencies used in different WordPress plugins and themes, they all need to implement their own safety net. Dependencies …

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Using the WordPress JavaScript APIs for fun and profit part three - Connecting to the WordPress API

3 July 2019 | Jimmy Comack

Welcome to part three of our series on using the WordPress JavaScript API’s, in which we explore the API’s that were introduced in WordPress 5.0. And, we'll look at how we can use them to better integrate with other plugins, in a reliable and safe way. Up until now, we’ve been adding code to the …

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Using the WordPress JavaScript APIs for fun and profit part two - Introducing Redux

27 June 2019 | Jimmy Comack

Welcome to part two of our series on using the WordPress JavaScript APIs. In this series, we explore the APIs that were introduced in WordPress 5.0. And, we'll look at how we can use them to better integrate with other plugins, in a reliable and safe way. In the previous post, we started creating a …

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Using the WordPress JavaScript APIs for fun and profit - The beginning

19 June 2019 | Jimmy Comack

With the recent release of WordPress 5.0, a new editor was introduced into the WordPress ecosystem. Based on a new tech stack that includes React and Redux, WordPress now allows for richer, more intuitive interfaces and simplifies the overall editing process. But that's not all! With the recent changes, it's also become much easier for …

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