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How To Build A Skin For Your Web App With React And WordPress

So you’ve trained yourself as a web engineer, and now want to build a blazing fast online shop for your customers. The product list should appear in an instant, and searching should waste no more than a split second either. Is that the stuff of daydreams? Not anymore. Well, at least it’s nothing that can’t be achieved with the combination of WordPress’ REST API and React, a modern JavaScript library. Wait, What? WordPress REST API? Yes, the WordPress REST API will help you build the back-end foundation for your web application. This is a good choice for your web...

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A Comprehensive Guide To User Testing

(This is a sponsored article.) With a prototype of your design built, it’s important to start testing it to see if the assumptions you have made are correct. In this article, the seventh in my ongoing series exploring the user experience design process, I’ll explore the importance of user testing. As I explored in my earlier article on research, where I explored the research landscape, there are many different types of research methods you can use, and there are a variety of different user tests you can run, including: Usability Testing Eye Tracking Interviews and Focus Groups In this...

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A Comprehensive Website Planning Guide (Part 3)

In Part 2, I covered the details of evaluating a plan, choosing web professionals, and determining your website structure. The question of why planning for the web is just as important as planning for anything else associated with your business was covered in Part 1, so head on back to read that part first in case you missed it. In today’s final part of this guide, I’ll start with a few of the most common approaches in any initial design. Initial Design: Three Common Approaches There are, of course, others, including hybrids which combine elements of each, and every...

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How To Prevent Common WordPress Theme Mistakes

If you’ve been thinking of creating free or premium WordPress themes, well, I hope I can help you avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made over the years. Even though I always strive for good clean code, there are pursuits that still somehow lead me into making mistakes. I hope that I can help you avoid them with the help of this article. 1. Don’t Gradually Reinvent The Wheel Be careful when making things look nice — especially if you create a function that does almost exactly the same thing as another function just to wrap things nicely. The...

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Beyond Tools: How Building A Design System Can Improve How You Work

When high potential projects fall apart, it’s often a failure of collaboration and alignment. The tools, the assumptions, the opportunity, and the intentions may line up, but if people don’t communicate or don’t have a clear map to help them move in the same direction, even the best projects falter. Communication failures are human problems, so they’re messy and hard to solve. They involve feelings and a willingness to have uncomfortable conversations. Human problems are abstract — sometimes it’s hard to even define the issue — and progress may be hard to see and measure. Because of this ambiguity,...

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