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This week, we released our first digital story; Diversity, inequality, and prejudice; a sociological exploration. This is the first in what will, hopefully, become a small series of stories that really define our mission, company culture, and broader vision. With these stories, we want to explore the possibilities the WordPress block editor has to offer …Read: "Digital storytelling in the age of blocks"
As a tester in a continuous development cycle, you know that you test your application not only before a release, but also on a daily basis. You'll want to automate most of your basic (though very important) short repetitive test cases, which consume lots of your time when testing manually. That way, you can focus …Read: "How to automate repetitive daily tests"
Every profession has its own terminology, or lingo if you will. So does design. For me, as a self-taught designer, I noticed that a lot of the terminology used in design is often more confusing than it actually helps me in my work. Terms like style guide, design language, design system, design kit, and pattern …Read: "Design terminology: adopting the concepts that fit your needs"
When you're creating your own WordPress theme or adapting an existing theme, pay attention to your code structure and semantics. This will benefit your website greatly: it improves your SEO because search engines know better what to expect on your site. It will also improve your site's accessibility: meaning that people who use assistive technologies, …Read: "Why your websites’ code structure matters"
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 …Read: "When to use toggle switches? The process of discovering and establishing a reusable design pattern"
As plugin developers, we are continuously working on implementing features and fixing bugs. We’re not flawless, but fortunately we, at Yoast, have a QA team that tests our plugin daily, both manually and automatically. Sometimes when they find a bug, a specific commit or pull request comes to mind that is the likely cause. Sometimes …Read: "Using git bisect to find the commit that broke your code"
Function components in React are awesome. They let you create a component without the overhead and extra code of a class. However, up until recently, class components did have an edge over function components. Specifically: class components could have state, whereas function components were doomed to be stateless. Now, with the addition of hooks in …Read: "An introduction to hooks in React"
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 …Read: "Every WordPress developer should have their own blog!"