What’s it like building blocks for the new block editor for WordPress? Turns out it’s pretty hard. Our front-end developer Sjardo Janssen spent a considerable amount of time learning how to do this. The new editor is built on technologies unfamiliar for many front-ender, Sjardo found. He also found it incredibly hard obtaining what he …Read: "Developing Gutenblocks is not for the faint of heart"
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At Yoast, we like to release often. We're a fan of continuous delivery and currently release every two weeks. As we sometimes get questions about our release cycle, we'd like to tell the entire story on why and how we release and test our plugins before they are ready to be installed on millions of …Read: "Continuous delivery at Yoast"
We're delighted to share the news that our new approach to including rich, complete and extensible Schema.org markup on all sites which run Yoast SEO is now live (from our 11.0 release). This is a project which we've been working on for months, and it was unashamedly ambitious. As search engines make more and more use of structured …Read: "Our revolutionary solution to Schema.org markup"
In our ongoing quest to make yoast.com lightning fast, we've reached a bottleneck when it comes to optimising our CSS. The ways in which WordPress themes manage, handle and output stylesheets just aren't good enough. Technology has changed, the web has evolved, and the tools we have are out of date. We think we can come …Read: "A better, faster approach to CSS in WordPress themes"
In our previous post on how to theme our HowTo content block for Gutenberg, I explained the HTML structure of the block. I walked you through a few approaches to styling the generated block to make it blend in with your theme. With the release of Yoast 8.2 we've not only included the HowTo structured …Read: "Theming Gutenberg: the FAQ block"
With the launch of Yoast SEO 8.0, we’ve released our first real integration with Gutenberg. Now, with Yoast SEO 8.2 we took the first step into how to combine the power of Gutenberg with the field of SEO. More specific: the user-friendly implementation and usage of structured data. I won’t go into the technicalities, so …Read: "Theming Gutenberg: the How-to block"
Two weeks ago, I've attended WordCamp Europe in Belgrade, together with many colleagues from the Yoast team. As usual, it's been a great event and also an excellent opportunity to think about what an inclusive event is. In this post, I'd not like to talk technical accessibility, but share some personal thoughts about what I think …Read: "The a11y Monthly: Language and cultural background in an inclusive international community"
Modals are a pretty common interface on the Web. Developers and designers might give them different names: lightbox, modal window, dialog, overlay... but they're basically the same thing. A modal is a window that appears on top of the page overlaying other content. In this post, I'll try to explain what needs to be done to make …Read: "The a11y Monthly: Making modals accessible"
In my previous monthly post, I've shared a few tips and tools for accessibility testing for beginners. In this post, I'd like to tell you when I was a complete beginner myself, and how starting to test for accessibility helped me to be a better professional. Not surprisingly, my first impact with assistive technologies wasn't …Read: "The a11y Monthly: Testing for accessibility makes you a better professional"
In-depth accessibility testing requires knowledge and experience. But even if you're not a specialist, you can start testing for accessibility today. In a previous post, I've talked about five easy things you can do to improve accessibility. In this post, I'd like to share with you a few tools you can use to test the accessibility …Read: "The a11y Monthly: Accessibility testing for beginners"