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Live Streaming Starter Guide

By Matt Graham / November 1, 2019 /

I started the Durham Region WordPress meetup group a few years back. I’m not good at maintaining community, so I was thrilled when Andy McIlwain decided to move out to the burbs and take on the community, help with planning and really get this group to where I could never take it alone. Which brings…

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Page Builders in the Age of Gutenberg

By Matt Graham / July 13, 2019 /

Questions covered: What’s page builder? If you already use a page builder on your site, would you consider switching to Gutenberg? When starting a new WordPress site, what considerations would you take when choosing between a page builder, Gutenberg or the classic editor? Which one would you choose? Is Gutenberg using flexbox, grid layout or…

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WP Coffee Podcast

By Matt Graham / July 3, 2019 /

Watch/listen on the WP Coffee Talk website.

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Funky CSS buttons

By Matt Graham / June 4, 2019 /

Working on a new project that will (hopefully) be launched soon, I received designs a few weeks ago. Well designed, nothing out of the ordinary, except this button: I love the design, so I really wanted the look and animation to be amazing. So I found a tutorial that uses an outer and inner element,…

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Not just witty comments in your code

By Matt Graham / June 1, 2019 /

Documentation best practices for themes, plugins and APIs, Presentation at WordCamp Hamilton 2019 What? Documentation Helps guide the end user around your plugin/theme/package/etc Can be either a user guide or code reference Comments Help guide the developer (you or someone using your code) understand what they’re looking at Aids in the automated creation of a…

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I’m going to Mars!

By Matt Graham / May 22, 2019 /

You can too! Go check out NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission.

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Freelancing 101: Full Time Contracts

By Matt Graham / May 14, 2018 /

It’s no secret that I’ve done a lot of contracting over the years I’ve been a developer. I started out with a contract job and have done several since. Most of them were very good. I highly recommend both Vitamin T and PMC Recruitment for genuinely caring about their contractors. They have fantastic staff, and…

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Get on the Dev Train

By Matt Graham / January 28, 2018 /

There are days when you get on the train and you think it’s just going to be another day of the commuter life. Then there are days like a day last fall, where I noticed the octocat sticker on the back of the phone of the guy in front of me. He had plugged his…

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Creative Commons Scavenger Hunt – Copyright and Fair Use

By Matt Graham / December 1, 2017 /

Photo by Julius Drost on Unsplash

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HTML in Functions Kills Kittens: MVC In WordPress Plugins and Themes

By Matt Graham / November 1, 2017 /

These are the speaker notes for the talk that I gave at WordCamp Ottawa or Toronto 2017. If that’s where you get the address from, you’re in the right place! I have an example boilerplate at the bottom of the post. I would love to hear from you on this talk. Questions? Kudos? Criticism? Leave…

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