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A collection of resources for WordPress Developers, written and curated by experts

Where to Start With Headless WordPress

Headless WordPress separates the content management system part of WordPress from the frontend presentation layer. Decoupling the front and back ends of your site allows you to leverage the power… Read more

Mike Davey

Apr 25, 2024

Delicious Brain Bytes: WordPress 6.5 New Features, DE{CODE} 2024 Recap, and the Fun Way to Learn Git

In this issue of Delicious Brain Bytes, we look at the latest and greatest features in WordPress 6.5, how DE{CODE} 2024 surpassed previous attendance records, how ACF made documentation easier… Read more

Mike Davey

Apr 12, 2024

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From Beginner to Pro: Leveraging the WordPress Playground’s Versatile API Suite

WordPress Playground is a serverless version of WordPress that runs entirely in the browser. In this article, we’ll discuss the trio of APIs that form the backbone of how you… Read more

Mike Davey

Apr 11, 2024

The Best Local WordPress Development Environment: XAMPP vs MAMP vs Laragon vs Local

A local development environment lets you make changes to dev sites quickly without having to transfer files. It also greatly reduces the risk of making and breaking changes on a… Read more

Mike Davey

Mar 28, 2024

WP-CLI Packages: Supercharge Your WordPress Development

WP-CLI packages take the increased efficiency of the command line even further by extending it with new or modified commands. In this article, we’ll show you how to install packages,… Read more

Mike Davey

Mar 21, 2024

Mastering Modern Site Creation With the Best Workflows in WordPress

Workflow is crucial to the success of your projects, and high-quality tools that are specifically designed for WordPress development significantly improve your efficiency and productivity. In this article, we’ll explore… Read more

Rob Stinson

Mar 13, 2024

Two Ways to Create Custom WordPress Blocks

The WordPress block editor was made the default editor for WordPress in December 2018. Adoption may have been slow at first, but the pace of development has increased exponentially. Today,… Read more

Mike Davey

Mar 6, 2024

Delicious Brain Bytes: DE{CODE} Registration Open, Plugin Madness, and Running Doom on Bacteria

In this issue of Delicious Brain Bytes, we open the doors on DE{CODE} 2024, look into the “sustainability crisis” in open source, and much more. Registration Open for DE{CODE} 2024… Read more

Mike Davey

Feb 29, 2024

How to Test Webhooks From Public APIs in Local Development

Webhooks are a mechanism for receiving notifications about events from disparate systems without having to continuously poll them. Also called Reverse APIs, they can be thought of as providing “API… Read more

Sanjucta Ghose

Feb 15, 2024

How to Use Next-Gen Images With WordPress

Improving the Core Web Vitals for your WordPress site is one of the best ways to boost its rank in Google. Serving “next-gen images” is one of the more frequent… Read more

Mike Davey

Feb 12, 2024

Security Releases Regarding the Use of unserialize() in Delicious Brains Plugins

We were recently contacted by Wordfence and Patchstack regarding PHP Object Injection vulnerabilities related to the use of unserialize() in Better Search Replace and WP Migrate, respectively. An additional internal… Read more

Kevin Hoffman

Feb 8, 2024

How to Set Up AMP on WordPress

Should your WordPress sites use Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)? It’s a simple question with a complicated answer. In this article, we’ll cover how AMP works, how to use both… Read more

Mike Davey

Feb 1, 2024

How to Use WebP Images on WordPress

Serving lightweight WebP images can help boost your site speed, critical to the user experience and as a ranking factor. In this article, we’ll look at a few different ways… Read more

Mike Davey

Jan 25, 2024

Delicious Brain Bytes: WordPress Accessibility Day, Dodge – A WordPress Game, and Improving WordPress Search

In this issue of Delicious Brain Bytes, we dip into the latest from the WordPress Developer Blog, play around with making sure WordPress stays free, see how text compression saves… Read more

Mike Davey

Jan 19, 2024

Creating UI Elements With HTMX

HTMX is a JavaScript library that enables developers to perform AJAX requests, trigger CSS animations, and invoke WebSocket and server-side events directly from HTML elements. It is designed to remove… Read more

Mike Davey

Jan 17, 2024

Using Npm Scripts as a Build Tool

There are typically two types of JavaScript build tools: task runners and module bundlers. In this article, we’ll look at how to use project specific npm build scripts as a… Read more

Jonathan

Jan 5, 2024

Online Conferences for WordPress Devs in 2024

Conferences offer a blend of targeted education and networking opportunities, a combination that can advance your skills and career. They can be expensive to attend, though. Between the ticket prices,… Read more

Mike Davey

Dec 20, 2023

WordPress Developer Trends to Watch in 2024

The 20th anniversary year of WordPress is drawing to a close. It’s tempting to take a look back as we enter the last weeks of 2023, but we thought it… Read more

Mike Davey

Dec 18, 2023

Delicious Brain Bytes: State of the Word 2023, PHP_CodeSniffer Needs Support, and HTML Hacks

In this issue of Delicious Brain Bytes, we dive into changes with PHP_CodeSniffer, report on the WP Awards 2023, look at HTML hacks that helped build the modern web, and… Read more

Mike Davey

Dec 11, 2023

Everything You Need to Know About Installing WordPress in a Subdirectory

In this article, we look at the benefits and limitations of installing WordPress in a subdirectory, how to install and manage subdirectory installs, and how to move WordPress core out… Read more

Iain Poulson

Nov 30, 2023

Using JavaScript FileReader to Upload Large Files in Chunks and Avoid Server Limits

If you’ve spent any amount of time messing with PHP config files to get a file to upload, you know that uploading large files can be a real pain. You… Read more

Matt Shaw

Nov 25, 2023

Delicious Brains, Advanced Custom Fields, and WP Engine Cyber Savings

As we slide into the tail end of our first full year at WP Engine, it’s pretty awesome to look back and celebrate all the big releases! From custom post… Read more

Rob Stinson

Nov 15, 2023

Delicious Brain Bytes: WordPress 6.4, Awards Season, and the Future of Yelling at Your Computer

In this issue of Delicious Brain Bytes, we take a look at what’s coming in WordPress 6.4, awards that honor the best in WordPress and awards that honor the ability… Read more

Mike Davey

Nov 1, 2023

Why You Should Use the WordPress HTTP Functions to Make API Requests

Sometimes your WordPress site needs to talk to other services around the web. This almost exclusively happens using the HTTP protocol. A common example is when your WordPress installation contacts… Read more

Erik

Oct 27, 2023