WordPress 5.0 Beta 1 is available

Initially announced to be released on October 19, since today WordPress 5.0 Beta 1 is finally available for beta testing. As  wrote announced on Make WordPress Core the beta version is already available via the nightly build and will be released later today. This version includes the following features:

  • Gutenberg, as the default editor
  • Twenty Nineteen, as the new default theme
  • Compatibility updates for all previous default themes

Let the (CSS) games begin!

gamification | ˌɡeɪmɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n | noun [mass noun] 

the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service: gamification is exciting because it promises to make the hard stuff in life fun.

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I’m not a gamer, but I love gamification! The following resources are beautiful examples of how gamification can be used to teach/learn the concept of CSS Flexbox and CSS Grid.

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macOS Mojave: Only turn menu bar and dock dark

Roughly two weeks ago Apple released their latest OS, macOS Mojave. While I run a handful of applications in dark mode already, Apple implemented dark mode rather poorly. In my opinion, some applications, such as Notes and iCal are simply too dark. Wouldn’t it be great to only have the menu bar and dock in dark mode?

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Using YouTube API to show videos automatically on WordPress site

“A picture is worth a thousand words”

Moving pictures are even better! Thus, a while ago a friend asked me to help her show the most recent three videos from her YouTube channel on her website. Of course, I could have told her to copy and paste the YouTube URL into the editor, as WordPress provides 30+ embeds put of the box. This solution, however, would require that every time she uploads a video to YouTube, she would then have to manually add the video to her WordPress site.

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Quality vs. quantity of installed plugins

In the previous month I’ve talked to countless people about WordPress. One question keeps coming back over and over again: How many plugins can I install without facing negative affects? There’s only one answer to that question: It depends on the plugins.

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Let the journey begin

A few weeks ago a friend asked me if I ever thought about working as Happiness Engineer at Automattic. My immediate reply was “I would love to, but I’m not good enough yet.”. However, he convinced me to give it a try. Now, a few weeks later, I’ve successfully passed my first and second assignment as well as my first and second interview. And … drum roll … Automattic offered me a trial position as Happiness Engineer starting on July 3, 2017.

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