Static Site Generators vs. CMS-powered Websites: How to Keep Marketers and Devs Happy

(This is a sponsored post.) Many developers love working with static site generators like Gatsby and Hugo. These powerful yet flexible systems help create beautiful websites using familiar tools like Markdown and React. Nearly every popular modern programming language has at least one actively developed, fully-featured static site generator. Static site generators boast a number…

Web Quality Assurance: From User Requirements To Web Risk Management

As a chemist by trade, I received a Master’s degree in Quality Management and Quality Control from Bordeaux University. My initial career was in the wine industry, ensuring the quality of the laboratory’s operations and the analyses that came out of it. As a side note, the last question of my job interview as quality…

Tips for Improving the Core Web Vitals of Your WordPress Website

Google has a way of creating a wave of panic among both web designers and website owners. When they make a change to their search algorithm, people start scrambling to catch up. It’s easy to understand why. No one wants their SEO rankings to suffer. So, when the Core Web Vitals metrics were announced, the…

10 WordPress Plugins to Help Improve Website Accessibility

WordPress provides you with a decent head start when it comes to creating accessible websites. For example, recent default themes like Twenty Seventeen are already built with accessibility in mind. But that doesn’t mean that your work is done. There are still plenty of items to check off your list to ensure that everyone has…

Web Design Done Well: Excellent Editorial

A lot of web design talk concerns itself with what goes on around content. Page speed, design systems, search engine optimization, frameworks, accessibility — the list goes on and on. This gives us at Smashing Magazine plenty to write about, which is great, though it’s worth reminding ourselves what it’s all in service of. In…

Improve Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) on Your Website With Ease

(This is a sponsored post.) Optimizing the user experience you offer on your website is essential for the success of any online business. Google does use different user experience-related metrics to rank web pages for SEO and has continued to provide multiple tools to measure and improve web performance. In its recent attempt to simplify…

Mars Theme: A Deep Look at Frontity’s Headless WordPress Theme

This post was in progress before Automattic acquired Frontity and its entire team. According to Frontity’s founders, the framework will be transitioned into a community-led project and leave the project in “a stable, bug-free position” with documentation and features. Like other open-source community projects, Frontity will remain free as it has been, with opportunities to contribute…

Building Your Own Subscription Newsletter

(This is a sponsored post.) I did a sponsored video the other week explaining how to build a paid subscription newsletter using WordPress (we did it on WordPress.com but it could be hosted anywhere), MailPoet (a plugin to visually author the emails, as well as send them), and WooCommerce (to manage the payments and subscriptions).…

Breaking Down the Costs of a New Website: Tips & Rules

It’s a common question: What does a new website cost? It might be for a new brand or company that’s never had a website before or for an existing organization looking for a website design refresh. And the answer is a bit complicated. It all depends on the path you want to take and your…