How a Custom WordPress Plugin Can Help You Manage a Website

Whether you’re a WordPress user or build websites for a living, it’s likely you’ve relied on a few plugins along the way. These additional pieces of software enable the content management system (CMS) to perform new and exciting functions. Everything from contact forms, shopping carts to SEO are just a few clicks away. Even better…

Are Google’s Core Web Vitals Metrics Unreasonable?

Google’s influence over web designers, website owners, and everyday users is undeniable. The company is hyper-aggressive in detailing what it wants to see from the first two groups in order to serve up relevant results to the third. One of their more recent efforts in this area revolves around something called “Core Web Vitals”. These…

Creating a cheap blog site

ContextA friend of mine is looking to move from squarespace to their own personal website for their blog and they asked if I could do it. One of the main reasons they want to change is because they’re finding squarespace too expensive. So I’m tasked with trying to come up with the cheapest way to make a blog site, while also still being good. Currently they get < 100 views a month, but I think they intend to start doing it more seriously, so that could grow.I also know blogs can potentially get random posts that blow up and get a tonne of traffic, so I don't want to have to manage it in the case when that happens. That's why I'm hoping to use a serverless backend/frontend.I also want to use this as an opportunity to try things I've not used before, while also not going completely out of my comfort zone.My ExperienceI currently work as a software developer full time building/maintaining a web app. The app we build isn't customer facing, it's used internally by businesses so the demands for that are extremely different to what it required for this.My tech stack at work is an ASP.Net Framework server, with a basic Js framework (Not one of the big major ones). My work uses Azure for hosting our web app, but I'm not super involved with that setup. I'd say I'm pretty proficient in C#, but I've also had to do a lot of JS/Html/Css experience.I guess experience/knowledge is my biggest issue at the moment, I've never really had to worry about load times or SEO.My PlanI don't really like the idea of Netlify from what I've seen. I know some kind of service like that is probably the most sane way to do something like this, but I don't like the idea of using their functions (Only JS/Go supported from what I saw). I'm also using this as a way to try out things I've never used before but have wanted to.So with that said, I'm mostly thinking I'll stick to Azure services because I'm somewhat familiar with them.Front EndI have used 2 of the major frameworks (Vue/Angular), but I've been wanting to try Svelte. It seems like the small package size would be perfect for a simple blog website. I think I'd use Routify for SPA routing because it seems to be actively developed and has good documentation from what I've seen.I intend to use Azure storage to host it as a static website, with an Azure CDN in front to allow it to be publicly accessible. I've chosen this because it'll basically be free. I assume

How To Get Web Design Clients Fast (Part 1)

Starting a web design business isn’t difficult. There’s a low barrier to entry, and almost anyone with some kind of design skill can start an agency. But if we’ve learned one thing, it’s that building a successful design business takes more than just web design chops. Whether you’re a freelancer or a full-scale web design…

Good, Better, Best: Untangling The Complex World Of Accessible Patterns

Marc Benioff memorably stated that the only constant in the technology industry is change. Having worked in tech for over 15 years, I can confirm this. Fellow tech dinosaurs can attest that the way the web worked in the early days is drastically different than many of us could have even imagined. While this constant…