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By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY Standing Desk: Make Your Own and Save Money

Make this DIY standing desk by following these tips

Tired of sitting in front of your computer all day? I think we all are. And it turns out all that sitting is very bad for us. It has to stop.

Fortunately there’s such a thing as a stand-up desk. Unfortunately, it’s not cheap.

Office furniture is expensive, and trendy office furniture is more expensive. Standing desks will always run you more than the sitting variety, and if you want one that lets you change the height back and forth from sitting to standing, you’ll have to shell out big bucks—which is not really an option for most of us.

So I came up with a better solution: I made my own.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, December 18, 2014

WordPress 4.1: A Crucial Update to End the Year

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What better way to cap off the year than with a new version of everyone’s favourite web publishing application? WordPress 4.1, code-named “Dinah” (after the legendary jazz vocalist Dinah Washington), is now live and ready for your WordPress-powered sites. WordPress 4.1 ships complete with both feature updates and a sparkling new theme—and I’ve got the skinny on what you’ll get when you click the Update Now button.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Saturday, October 25, 2014

Morten goes to WordCamp San Francisco: A Daily Review

Morten Goes to WordCamp San Francisco 2014

LAST UPDATED: Monday, October 26th

For one weekend each year the California Bay Area is host to the flagship WordPress conference WordCamp San Francisco, bringing WordPress users, designers, developers, and business people across the world together. WordCamp isn’t just one event, however- it’s actually a distributed series of conferences with branches all over the world. No matter where you find yourself there is more than likely a WordCamp hosted near you each year.

In theory, WordCamp San Francisco is just another one of these distributed WordPress conferences. In reality, WordCamp San Francisco is the WordPress conference to attend, where the future of WordPress is unveiled each year to the WordPress community.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, September 04, 2014

WordPress 4.0: Improved Internationalization and UX

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To cap off the summer, WordPress is crossing the 4.0 milestone with its newest release code-named “Benny”, named after jazz great Benny Goodman.

For an open-source application that now powers 23% of the web, this is a very big deal. In response to its widespread adoption, the WordPress development team is putting a strong emphasis on user experience and accessibility in this release. The result is a 4.0 release that feels more like the maturing of a young and feisty wine than a box of new goodies.

Some will see this as a bit of an anti-climax; we’ve come to expect big additions and UI changes with full number releases of WordPress. But in reality it’s more exciting than a new set of features as it shows that WordPress has reached a point in its development where it can start refining itself more often than throwing new features and ideas at the wall to see what sticks.

That said, there are plenty of innovations and updates to talk about in WordPress 4.0.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Create Responsive Featured Images in WordPress

Create Responsive Featured Images in WordPress

Responsive layouts have become commonplace in today’s web experiences, but the current HTML <img> element still has a fundamental flaw when used with responsive designs: It assumes uniformity in the screens it’s displayed upon, a uniformity that doesn’t exist in today’s mobile-saturated world.

Consider an image on a web page from the viewer’s perspective. Although it appears to be part of the page, it’s actually a replaced element: The code of the page cuts a hole in the page big enough to contain the image, and then retrieves it from its remote location to fill that hole. In some cases the hole has a specified width and height; in others the hole is built to be flexible and scale to a percentage, or proportion, of the screen size.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Build WordPress Themes from Scratch with lynda.com

Download Simone and Build WordPress Themes from Scratch

One of the most popular requests I’ve received from lynda.com members is for a course on how to build WordPress themes from scratch. I’m excited to announce that WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch Using Underscores has finally come to fruition. The course is an introduction to WordPress theme design and development, a best-practice example of a mobile-first, standards-based web development process, and a first-hand look at my personal approach to custom WordPress projects. Just as importantly, it’s an introduction to Simone—the WordPress theme that I build in the course itself, which is now available for free in the WordPress Theme Directory.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, April 17, 2014

What’s new in WordPress 3.9

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WordPress 3.9 “Smith,” named after James Oscar “Jimmy” Smith, was released yesterday. This new version of the popular web publishing app introduces several highly anticipated new features that make managing your WordPress site and its contents easier. Let’s break down the key new features of WordPress 3.9:

A more powerful Customizer The Customizer makes managing the appearance of your WordPress site easier by allowing you to see your edits as you make them and preview your theme configurations before you take them live. With the 3.9 update, two of the WordPress community’s most anxiously awaited feature requests have been added to the customizer to make it “complete”:

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, December 12, 2013

WordPress 3.8: A quiet revolution

Today’s release of WordPress 3.8 is revolutionary in the history of WordPress—and a clear sign of things to come from the popular content management system. Sporting a clean new interface, tons of new features, and a new development philosophy, the 3.8 release is a milestone for the WordPress community in many ways. We’re already hard at work updating our WordPress Essential Training course to reflect WordPress 3.8, but there’s a lot to notice in today’s release beyond just what ships in the code.

Deadlines are not arbitrary Establishing the current WordPress philosophy “Deadlines are not arbitrary,” WordPress cofounder and project leader Matt Mullenweg made a series of bold announcements at WordCamp San Francisco back in July. First, he stated that WordPress 3.7 and 3.8 would be developed in parallel, with firm, preannounced release dates for each. Furthermore, he announced that all new features slated for version 3.8 would be developed as stand-alone plugins first, and only built into the WordPress core code once they were stable. Finally, Matt announced that he’d be personally leading the development team for the 3.8 release.

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