Extreme Makeover: The Homepage Edition

As I indicated in a previous post, I gave a workshop at WordCamp Johannesburg about CSS trends. The focus of the workshop was not on me introducing the trends but on the audience trying these features out for themselves. I created a homepage on a temporary site using the Twenty Twenty default theme that’s coming […]

CSS trends to add to your stack

At WordCamp Johannesburg 2019, I gave a workshop about CSS trends. This post is a recap of some of the features we talked about. Below my slides, I’ll give a short introduction to each of these features with some examples and resources to explore. https://speakerdeck.com/jobthomas/extreme-makeover-the-homepage-edition Features explained: AnimationsVariable fontsVariablesGrid & SubgridMedia-queries 4Attribute selectorsUnits and calculations […]

Climbing the Gutenberg: The new WordPress block-editor

At WordCamp Cape Town 2018, I gave a workshop focused on getting WordPress users comfortable with the new editor that’s coming to WordPress 5.0 at the end of the month. We went through some of the basic features and some of the new options available through Gutenberg. Gutenwho? Johann Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg, the […]

Open source conference planning

For the 4th year in a row, I’m one of the organisers for WordCamp Cape Town. We’ve got a pretty awesome team, and one of the things I really appreciate is that we try out a lot of new approaches. Open planning One of those approaches I’m particularly proud of is that we don’t just […]

Introduction to Sass

In a previous post, I’ve introduced using Sass through the¬†WordPress Customiser and Jetpack. In this post, I want to quickly explain what exactly Sass is and where to get started. Sass stands for “Syntactically awesome style sheets”, and is basically CSS with superpowers — or “CSS on crystal meth” as I described it in one […]

WordCamp Harare

Last weekend, Jetpack and WooCommerce sponsored the first WordCamp in Zimbabwe ever. My colleague, Herman, and I attended as representatives of the company, and also took a speaking slot. Below are some of the pics I took on Saturday. It’s always great attending WordCamps and other open source conferences in Africa. People are so friendly […]

WooCommerce in Real “Live”

My slides for the very first WordCamp Harare are now available. I spoke about my experience of setting up my first live WooCommerce store after having worked with WooCommerce for 2 years in testing environments. https://speakerdeck.com/jobthomas/woocommerce-in-real-live

WordPress Customisation for Dummies (Like Me): Workshop WordCamp Cape Town 2016

A lot of beginners encounter all sort of tutorials on how to add some custom code to the functions.php file or even more basic: change the layout beyond what the customizer allows. Aspects In this workshop, I introduce WordPress beginners to some good standards in terms of customisation. Choosing a plugin that allows custom CSS […]

Bruce Lunnis: The Age of the Digital Superhero

My favourite talk at WordCamp Cape Town 2015 was Bruce Lunnis’. He shared some of the stories of the do_action-hackathons in Cape Town. On those events, WordPress professionals gather to make websites, set up eCommerce and design branding for NGOs from the Cape Town region. Bruce highlighted a few of the success stories of how […]

Purpose-Driven Website: Workshop WordCamp Cape Town 2015

Today I went to my third WordCamp Cape Town. Two years ago I had¬†never guessed that I would be working for WooThemes and Automattic as I am today and it was my absolute pleasure to share some of the basics of web design and structures to new and beginning users. In sum these are things […]

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