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WordPress Editors Innovation

With the arrival of Gutenberg and rapid change in drag and drop PageBuilder capabilities, the humble WordPress Visual Editor is getting lots of attention and frankly welcome innovations from plugin developers. This starts with the TinyMCE Advanced with its improved Table and top menu bar commands. But Editor innovation extends to  Joom United’s WP Smart …

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WordPress PageBuilders – Annoying Flaws

Our technical blog, TheOpenSourcery.com recently did a major review of Google’s New Sites and App Maker programs to support G Suite. Both Google programs are clearly committed to the Drag and Drop, “no programming required” coding model used by a wide range of Website Builders. These including the leading edge WordPress PageBuilders. So wouldn’t you …

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WordPress 5 and Gutenberg Editor Debut: An Assessment

WordPress 5 and the Gutenberg Editor have been tantalizing WordPress developers for the last half year. There have been at least a half dozen “tentative’  delivery dates from May through November. And the Gutenberg team certainly came down to the wire in delivering a “working” version of Gutenberg. Now of course “working” is relative but …

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Gutenberg Featuring Elementor Templates

As Gutenberg Editor along with WordPress 5.0 rapidly approach release [now scheduled for November 19th]a number of PageBuilder vendors  are promising interfaces with Gutenberg. Site Origins  in February was first to announce its compatibility plans. Themify Builder added in May the ability to have Themify blocks interspersed in a Gutenberg session much like it delivers …

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WordPress Classic Editor Made Classy

As Gutenberg approaches in the next few weeks to become the in-house/in-core WordPress Editor,  pundits are speculating on how long before the Classic Brontosaur gets clobbered by the full weight of  Gutenberg. This review is dedicated to the proposition that: A)The Classic Editor is far from being a vestigial organ and has many active add-ons …

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Marquee HTML Command

WordPress as well as the W3C HTML standards setters have degraded <marquee>. In other words deprecated is the word that outlaws any use in HTML5. To wit: “Note − The <marquee> tag  is deprecated in HTML5. Do not use this element, instead you can use JavaScript and CSS to create such effects.”  And indeed there is an active …

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Divi Supports Gutenberg … Sort-of

As WordPress 5.0 and the new Gutenberg editor release date approaches, the topend PageBuilders continue to release new feature at a blistering pace. Thrive Architect has moved firmly into the SiteBuilder camp with more advanced header, footer and sidebar customization capabilities. Themify Builder has a whole new version 4.0 with a host of new features. …

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Help in Making Sense of JavaScript UI Frameworks

The principal problem confronting Web Developers is the exponential rate of change in the IT industry. There is simply not enough time to check out all the JavaScript tools especially given the underling tools are changing so fast. No more so than in JavaScript UI programming arena where there are literally dozens of frameworks, plugins …

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Bootstrap Moves Aggressively Mobile

In our web development JavaScript frameworks like Bootstrap, Foundation Zurb and INK have been vital players. Bootstrap in particular has been used to deliver mobile responsive, SPA-Single Page Apps. But all of the  JavaScript frameworks  provide great templates, solid CSS libraries including new animation styling, plus inline JavaScript support usually with jQuery leading the way. …

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ARI Adminer: Pro WordPress Database Tool

Monitoring your WordPress database tables has long been a nuisance  – not any more. Within the past 3 years a steady stream of improved plugins allow users to view, optimize and even directly update  their WordPress tables. Instead of having to go into cPanel and run PHPMyadmin to see the underlying WordPress database tables, developers …

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JavaScript Ascendancy

Javascript has achieved ascendancy in Web development  Over the past 26 years of Web Development, many programming languages have had reigns as the major language for Web development. Java had the support of major players like IBM, Oracle, Redhat and Sun but the decisive opposition of Microsoft which poisoned the well with J++ and a …

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CSI Best Member’s Website: A Tour-de-force Design for a WordPress Newby

Your Head for the Hills Here New Website Challenge Creating a brand new website is a daunting task even if you are using the most popular website development tool, WordPress [29.3% of the world’s websites are done in WordPress]. First, WordPress tools and features are developing rapidly – in a 2016 Podcast review we cited …

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The Depths of Web Security

Cyber Attacks Have Become PervasiveThere are three World Wide Webs – the Surface Web which most people browse, the Deep Web which is the hidden purview of businesses, governments, institutions and  cyberhackers of the contained Dark Web. The current outbreak of cyber-crime plus malicious hacking  is based in the Dark Web portion of the nearly invisible Deep Web. And …

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Gutenberg 2.1 Version Feb 1 2018

Gutenberg Review As promised in our previous Gutenberg posting, this is the first of a continuing “look see” at how Gutenberg is progressing. The 2.1 Gutenberg is showing much more refinement throughout. For example,  in the edit sidebar which shows the pervasive use of accordion toggles  throughout the Gutenberg editor. Also the sidebar is more …

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WordPress Revolution: MultiPurpose Themes + PageBuilders

In the past 5 years the combination of Multi-Purpose/Multi-Layout themes with advanced PageBuilders have revolutionized “no-coding” required interactive Webpage creation. This is important as designers and end-users can now participate more actively  with developers in creating, refining and updating a website. It is true DIY development as seen here – not only are end users able …

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