Your feedback on the WP REST API

Earlier today, I tweeted: Right about now seems like a good time to get official feedback on WP REST API from @wordpress’s lead developers and committers. Just sayin’ Helen, a lead WordPress developer, replied with: Where does this feedback go, how is it structured, what makes it “official”, and how binding is anything that is […]

The pain of customizing WordPress themes

Choosing a WordPress theme from the Customizer is a bit painful. First of all, “Search installed themes” doesn’t make sense as a string on a hosted WordPress service. As a user, I have no ability to install new themes. It could be edited to just “Search themes” Second, as a user with a blog, I […]

Some unsolicited feedback for the Fields project from my time with the REST API project

Capturing advice I left for the sands of time. Set a clear mission statement for the project. This will give clarity to the problem you’re solving, what to say yes to, and what to say no to. You ideally want to avoid crises of faith late in the project. For your contributors, clarify involvement expectations. When […]

Thoughts on using WP-API for WordPress-based apps

This past week, I got to do my first client project using WP-API. The scope of the project is to create custom endpoints for a WordPress-based web application. The endpoints will eventually be used to power iOS and Android apps. I thought I’d use the opportunity to gauge usability of using it in a project. My […]

Appropriate mediums for appropriate conversations

The administration of Whitman College, the school I went to for my freshman year, has decided to cut funding to its Varsity Alpine and Nordic ski teams. The community is in uproar about this decision; if you aren’t on one of the teams, then you have a friend who is. Andrew Spittle, the Web Manager […]

Free strategic advice for the @dailyemerald

Last night, I realized we’ve started bitching about the Daily Emerald in the peanut gallery without offering any positive advice for change. I’d like to offer my thoughts on how to turn the struggling newspaper into a successful digital news enterprise. Step one: hold a transparent weekend (or weeklong) jam session to develop a strategic plan. Invite […]