Posts Tagged:Jetpack

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


Jetpack’s Social Integration Features

One of the many things we use Jetpack for here on CSS-Tricks is all of its features related to social media integration. For example, Jetpack can automatically share published content to different social media accounts simultaneously, add sharing buttons to your site’s theme, and allow for social login on the comment form. There is even more than that, but let’s dig into these three as we use them. Auto-Sharing Posts I like the idea that everything we published goes out to social media. Many people only follow the site that way, so they should see what we’re writing. We’re specifically into Twitter and Facebook. With Jetpack installed connected to WordPress.com, I can now flip on the setting: Then authenticate the services you want to connect: Now as we publish new articles, there are Publicize controls right there allowing us to send it to the services we want along with a…

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Recent Videos!

I’ve recorded a decent number of videos lately, most of which are pairing with someone and digging into a topic as I glean as much information as I can! Several of these are sponsored, in that they are a part of an advertising package. Hopefully, you know me well enough that I don’t work with companies I don’t like or that sell something I don’t think you’d be good buying, but hey, heads up. Phil Hawksworth and I do a couple of videos introducing the power of Netlify Sarah Drasner and I get into coding with Vue I do a little explanation of one reason I really like Jetpack: security David Wells and I talk about serverless technology in a two-parter I introduce CodePen to the gang at freeCodeCamp The post Recent Videos! appeared first on CSS-Tricks. Source: CssTricks

Fast, Good, Local Site Search with Jetpack

If you have, say, 20 posts/pages on your WordPress site, the search functionality that is baked right into your self-hosted WordPress site will probably do a great job. Search is a pretty cool feature to ship with WordPress, truth be told. But as a site grows, you’ll find limits. How it works behind the scenes is a touch over my head, but as I understand it, it does a MySQL LIKE query on your post titles and post content. It tries its best to order by relevance (like if it finds an exact sentence match), then largely orders by date. If search is super important to your site (here on CSS-Tricks, on-site search gets used a ton) you’ll probably look for other options. TLDR: Jetpack Search is quite good out of the box, customizable, and requires very little effort. A quick jaunt through a decade-long journey. I started with Google…

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The Eleventh Fourth

Holy heck it feels like the last year has flown by! Longtime readers will remember that the fourth of July is CSS-Tricks birthday and we blog it each year. We turned 10 last year, and now we welcome our first palindromic number birthday. Huge thank you First, as ever, thank you for being part of CSS-Tricks. However you end up here, we hope that we’re useful to you, know that we’re always trying to be even more useful to you, and know that you make the site possible. Can we ask you some questions? The whole point of this survey is to understand you better and use that understanding to make choices that serve you better. That’s it! It’s super helpful to us and totally anonymous. Take the CSS-Tricks Reader Survey A new design is coming Hate to be a tease, as there is nothing to show you yet and…

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The Four Big Ways Jetpack Helps with Image Performance

We’ve been working with Jetpack around here as a sponsor. It’s a great match because as someone with a bunch of self-hosted WordPress sites, Jetpack is one of those no-brainer plugins for me. Jetpack can do a ton of good things for any site in a variety of very different ways. Here’s one way to think about it: it brings the power of WordPress’ own massive servers to you. For now, let’s just focus on one angle of what Jetpack can do for you: image performance. Jetpack does a ton for you in this regard, solving some non-trivial performance upgrades. Let’s take a look at what I see as the four big boosts you get from Jetpack on your images. 1) WordPress does responsive images for you OK, I cheated with the first one because you don’t actually need Jetpack to benefit from this. But it’s an important and foundational…

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Five of My Favorite Features of Jetpack

Jetpack is an official WordPress plugin directly from Automattic. It’s an interesting plugin in that it doesn’t just do *one thing* — it does a whole slew of things that enhance what your WordPress site can do. *Any* WordPress site, that is, and often with extremely little effort. Those easy win features Jesse Friedman calls light switch features, meaning you literally flip a switch in Jetpack’s settings and start benefitting. I love that. There are dozens of features in Jetpack, and I personally make use of most of them and see the benefit in all of them. Allow me to share with you five of my favorites and how they are actively used right here on this site. It’s actually a bit hard to pick, so perhaps I’ll do this again sometime! 1) Related Posts This seems like such a simple little feature, but it’s anything but. Something has to…

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WordPress Comment Spam

Akismet is an incredible spam preventer for WordPress sites. I’d say it does 95% of the work for us. A few issues though make me want to augment it with other tools: Some spam still slips through It doesn’t prevent spam that seems easy to block There are false-positives, so spam still needs to be checked #1 is no big deal, we can nuke the slips pretty easily. We even have WordPress comment settings such that all comments need to be manually approved these days, so those that slip through need to be moderated anyway, so never see the light of day. Here’s an example of #2: We get enough of that that it’s pretty obnoxious. A few hundred per week. And because of #3, that means sifting through loads of crap to make sure no real comment is lost in the junk. I used the Pro version of the…

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Some Things I Recommend

Howdy. I’m taking this week’s “Sponsored Post” to give a shout out to some apps, courses, and services that I personally like. These things also have affiliate programs, meaning if you buy the thing, we earn a portion of that sale, which supports this site. That money goes to pay people to write the things we publish. That said, everything on this list is something that I’m happy going on the record endorsing. PixelSnap: A macOS Toolbar app for getting pixel dimensions from anywhere on the screen. Way handier than trying to use ⌘-⇧-4 for that. An Introduction to Gutenberg by Joe Casabona: We just had a ShopTalk episode about how Gutenburg (a new editor) is coming to WordPress. There is certainly stuff to learn, and this is a course you can take to do that learning. React for Beginners: Speaking of learning, this Wes Bos course will get you…

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WordPress + PWAs

One of the sessions from the Chrome Dev Summit, hosted by Das Surma and Daniel Walmsley. It’s not so much about WordPress as it is about CMS powered sites that aren’t really “apps”, if there is such a thing, and the possibility of turning that site into a Progressive Web AppSite. I find the CMS + PWA combo interesting because: If you aren’t stoked about AMP, and let’s face it, a lot of people are not stoked about AMP, but do like the idea of a super fast website, a PWA is likely of high interest. Whereas AMP feels like you’re making an alternate version of your site, PWAs feel like you’re making the website you have much better. Some PWA work is generic and easy-ish (use HTTPS) and some PWA is bespoke and hard (make the site work offline). For lack of a better way to explain it, CMS’s…

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Plugins Loaded

There is this fella named John James Jacoby. He’s the lead behind some huge WordPress projects you may have heard of: BuddyPress and bbPress. We use bbPress right here on CSS-Tricks to power the forums. I had some trouble the other day, where editing posts in the forums started behaving weirdly. Not terribly surprising, as we have some custom code written for that to allow Markdown to be used by all forums users for Topics and Replies. I feel like supporting Markdown is pretty important on a site about coding, as it makes posting code wayyyyy easier. Just put inline code in single ` backticks and blocks of code in “code fences” which are triple “` backticks line separated by blank lines on either side. It scares me to death when problems like this happen, because they are well beyond my WordPress development chops. If Markdown just stopped working in…

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2 Years, 9K Posts, and 7M Views Later…

2 years ago, yesterday, I booted up another experimental property to test a number of different hypotheses. I didn’t have any expectations but, like most things, I hoped that the results would be net-positive. A year ago I shared the results from the first 365 days in which I was able to publish over 5,000 blog posts and achieve over 1,000,000 pageviews. What would the next year bring? I’ll cut to the chase and get to the top-level details, right? So, here you go: Lifetime # of Posts Published: 9,070 Lifetime Views: ~7,000,000 Oh yeah. Yikes. Actually, to be fair, I always run at least 2 analytics packages and Google Analytics shows 6.7M while WordPress’ Jetpack shows a little over 7M (achieved just a few days ago!). And, per usual, I want to provide some evidence, so, here you go – the actual screenshots from both analytics systems: Google Analytics: All Time Views…

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Top Posts from 2016

Like many bloggers I’m fascinated by traffic patterns and understanding user / reading behavior. If I were to be even more strategic I would actually do something with a lot of this data but I actually don’t care much about it at this point in time. In fact, I don’t care at all, to be honest. If a particular blog post gets a lot of views then I’m happy and if it gets barely anything then I’m equally happy. Why? Because I write first and foremost for myself. But, for those that are interested, here are the Top 10 Most Viewed Posts of 2016. And, if it makes sense, I’ll provide a bit of context and perhaps explanation with some of these. All of these stats are provided via Jetpack. Most Viewed Posts in 2016: 1: How To: Care for a Little Sad Person Holy shit, did this post bring in the pageviews.…

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Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta 1

They say that good things happen to those who wait, and it seems like we’ve waited long enough: Mozilla has released the first Beta version of Firefox 4. As the world’s second most popular web browser, the release of Firefox 4 (which you can download here) has been widely anticipated for close to a year. It’s release last week marks the first of many beta versions to come (new versions are set to roll out every 2-3 weeks) with the official release at the end of 2010.

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