WordPress Development with Bones

Though it started out as a blogging platform, WordPress can easily be used as a full-scale content management system (CMS).  WordPress is the most popular CMS choice for individuals throughout the world, and for good reason.  It is by far the most user-friendly system for updating and managing content; it comes with good search engine optimization right out of the box; and the WordPress community is vast meaning good extensions are available and great support.  Anyways, the purpose of this article isn’t to convince about the greatness of WordPress, but rather to provide some helpful insight into one aspect of WordPress development–theme development.

We have one word for you: Bones. Bones is the name of a WordPress starter theme especially made for developers.  It is not a framework, but rather a “rock solid foundation” that developers can use to quickly and efficiently build their own themes.  It is based on the HTML5 Boilerplate.
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Responsive Design 101

We recently met with a client who wanted a simple “beginners” breakdown of responsive design which we thought could be helpful to share with our readers who don’t need too many technical details.

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In responsive design, the website layout and design “responds” to the screen size (or resolution) of the device being used to access the website, as opposed to the technology of the device. Through the use of fluid grids and media query adjustments, this type of design enables website layouts to adapt to different screen sizes, from the widescreen computer desktop to the smallest Smartphone.

Most commonly, this type of design is done using a multi-column layout. By introducing larger margins on large screens and relying on fluid grids and images to scale from these screens down to smallest screen sizes. As screen sizes get narrower, the layout drops columns along the way and stacks columns vertically in its narrowest incarnation. … »


Open Source World Dominion?

We were impressed to see that of the top one million websites around the world, 83% are built in open source content management systems.

Source: BuiltWith Trends


An Apple a Day…

One reason we love utilizing open source content management systems (CMS) such as Drupal, Joomla!, and WordPress, is the constant work happening behind the scenes by development communities around the world to advance this software. These communities add new modules, helpful patches, and core software improvements to not only keep the software ahead of the curve, but also to maintain long term stability. To illustrate the frequency of updates, on average, a new version update of Drupal is available every 36 days. For Joomla!, updates happen on average once every 49 days.

As with any software, it’s critical to routinely update the CMS powering your web site so the software remains current and contains the most recent security patches. We recommend that you check for updates constantly! It is the best way to keep your web site running smoothly. Without regular … »


Windows Live to WordPress: New Target Announces Transition Assistance

Microsoft is shuttering its Windows Live Spaces blogging platform in favor of WordPress. Specializing in both Microsoft technologies and open source technologies such as WordPress, New Target is standing ready to assist the many users who have been given 6 months to migrate to the WordPress blogging platform.

WordPress is a powerful platform – a platform on which I’ve built many websites and blogs, says senior New Target developer Pedja Grujic. I’m not completely surprised by this announcement and hope to be able to use our experience with Microsoft and … »

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