blog posts for nerds

Responsive WordPress Images

WordPress has a few default classes used for things like image alignment, galleries and other html output by core features. This is a combination of the styles found in the default WordPress TwentyEleven theme, and some modifications of my own. Include this snippet with your css to save a bunch of time building your responsive . . . read more

Conditional Internet Explorer Classes for Thesis

I love a good framework. Just exploring different frameworks and trying them out for various purposes can teach you a lot. One of my side projects lately has been building my own WordPress theme framework, which uses Paul Irish’s HTML5 Boilerplate. Still, most of my projects and clients are using Thesis, which is a WordPress . . . read more

Google Web Fonts v2 + Developer API Announced at Google IO 2011

It’s been nearly a year since I saw the announcement of the Google Web Font Directory at Google IO 2010, and wrote the Google Web Fonts for WordPress Plugin. Today, at the 2011 conference, Google announced version 2 of the web font directory is on the way with a Developer API, and I’m ecstatic..

Using Post Formats in Permalinks

Normally I suggest keeping taxonomy out of permalink structure. I’ve found it to create issues when content takes new direction, or a site needs new architecture. WordPress Post formats offer a new way to sort our content, and they make sense for users.

Paul Irish Video on HTML5, CSS3 & DOM Optimization

Not many people in the world are as versed in new web development and design technology as Paul Irish. In this video, he runs through some pretty advanced optimization that takes advantage of modern browsers and hardware.

WordPress wp-config Settings

Here is my WordPress wp-config.php file starter. If you are going to use this as a template, make sure you read every line, and change things according to your installation.

Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin Review

It seems that I have turned into a salesman for a free plugin that I didn’t even write. This plugin is Joost de Valk’s WordPress SEO Plugin. I’m honestly tired of writing all the benefits in chat to friends, or in email to clients whenever the subject of the best WordPress SEO plugin comes up, . . . read more