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WordPress for Mobile Web Apps: Free Presentation

For small business websites, WordPress has become a serious contender for developing Mobile Web apps that deliver winning customer services like class registration or physio treatment rescheduling, etc. Word Press Apps perform just like their native counterparts with convenient mobile startup icons, very fast operations,  and offline capabilities. And the tutorial provides an substantial overview  …

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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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WordCamp Toronto 2018 Favorite Sessions

WordCamp Toronto 2018 is coming to the North York Civic Centre [North York station right on the Yonge Subway line] on Saturday Dec 1st. And as always it is crammed with attractive sessions that makes for Sophie’s choice decisions on what to attend to immediately  and what to wait for their appearance on WordPress.TV. Session …

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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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Gutenberg Debates at the WPTavern

WPTavern is the watering hole for the latest news on WordPress. As the Gutenberg Editor approaches Release Candidate in early November and the WordPress 5.0 Launch, there are some roaring debates going on at WPtavern. This is not quite Justice Kavanaugh stridency, but beyond the normal WP civility norms. As an example, the topic of  WordPress Theme and Plugin …

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WordCamp 2018 Toronto Survey Results

For WordCamp 2018 the Organizing Committee decided to do a survey of the Toronto WordPress Group Members on what topics they would like covered in the 2018  Toronto WordCamp coming December 1st.  There are over 2300 members  and here is a write up about the real challenge posed in processing the survey.  36 topics were suggested …

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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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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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Creative Designs Possible with WordPress SiteBuilders

Okay what is a WordPress SiteBuilder? Shhh don’t tell anyone but this is the potent combo of  a Multilayout Theme [think free Astra, Generate Press, OceanWP] with a top-end PageBuilder [like the free BeaverBuilder lite, Elementor or VisualComposer.io] These combo tools have created a new category of WordPress Frontend UI development- the WordPress SiteBuilder. This …

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Web Development Topics for 2nd Half of 2018

Web Development is trending good and bad. Bad  is Facebook, Twitter and Google – the top three secret personal-data harvesters who are also shucking their duty to patrol what they allow to be “advertised”/published on their systems. The good is that Web Development continues to change and mature at an exponential pace – no more …

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WordPress Invades Z-index Space with ToolTips

Now let us be clear, WordPress themes and plugins have been operating in Z-index space for many years. Sliders, animations, and popup modals have been on the WordPress UI scene placing images and objects above a web page. Also think of tabs, accordions,  gallery lightboxes, and background hero images revealed in parallax glimpses. But with …

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WordPress PageBuilders Become SiteBuilders

It started with Beaver Builder creating its add-on Beaver Themer last year. What Beaver Themer does is allow developers and users to takeover creating the header and footer area of any page, post or custom post. Here is how Beaver Builder spotlights its theme building add-on: Beaver Themer  works with Beaver Theme plus a small …

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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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