Lazy Flexslider for WordPress

Carousels/sliders are one of the most widely used widgets in development for the Web today (although the debate over using them still varies in opinion). In my experience w/sliders there’s literally no need to load every single image for a slider on init window load. Today I share my implementation for a client project brought to me by Staple Web Design using WordPress and Flexslider (which does not support lazy loading out of the box). Read More →

Performance Audit

Speed is most certainly a good thing during these trying times of #perfmatter and #rwd. In efforts to make my blog a bit more performant, I’ve been taking the time to conduct speed tests using services like PageSpeed Insights. This is just a glimpse inside my efforts up until the time of this post to make those adjustments. Read More →

SVG & CSS Grayscale Filter: Retina Bug

Way back in the time machine of dreams I was reworking my blog in CodePen, until I ported my work to a local machine. During that time on CodePen I was playing with CSS Filters as I was writing about them for the CSS-Tricks Almanac. Of course like the good little developer I am I decided to try a grayscale filter on my SVG logo and the following are the results as I began my cross-device testing. Read More →

WordPress Plugin Directory Tips

I wrote a WordPress plugin recently called Admin Stylur and I thought this would be a good time as any to explain the process a bit and share some inside knowledge I gained while submitting to the WordPress plugin directory. This won’t be one of those posts where I tell you each facet about making a plugin or how to generate that awesome plugin idea. I’m simply saying “here are a few things I caught along the way and here is a post about said things.” Hopefully all that will help to make the process more simplistic, and less stressful as you begin. Read More →

Deploying a Jekyll site with a Rakefile

So, you have an awesome website built with Jekyll, but you need an easy way to publish it. For those unaware, Jekyll is a static site generator written in Ruby. With that in mind let’s talk about a little utility called Rake. It’s a Make-like program implemented in Ruby. This means you can create a Rakefile that contains a set of build rules. Simply put, it’s a file that you write some tasks in. The main task we want to achieve is publishing our site from a local machine to a server. Read More →