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Editing the Crop in WordPress Images Before Upload

For a recent project, I had a need for a pretty simple workflow. I had a couple of image sizes, which I added with the add_image_size function which required a hard crop to a certain aspect ratio. The workflow for authors I was looking for was: Upload Image Edit the crop for these special sizes […]

Using Gravity Forms with Bootstrap Styles

I use Bootstrap as a starting point for a lot of the themes that I build as a great starting point for reusable components. But one of the problems I’ve run into is trying to integrate Gravity Forms with Bootstrap. By default, Gravity Forms does not include Bootstrap classes, so the two don’t end up […]

How Can WordPress Appeal To Developers?

In the WordPress community there’s this elephant in the room that no one really likes to talk about (understandably). For some reason, there’s a lot of developers that really don’t like using WordPress. Need proof? Stack Overflow just released the results of their 2016 survey. And as Ryan McCue pointed out on Twitter, 74% of developers dreaded the […]

Changing Field Keys in Advanced Custom Fields

I recently ran into a problem when using the Advanced Custom Fields plugin which is a bit esoteric. In the previous iteration of the site I was working on, fields were registered programmatically, using acf_add_local_field_group and acf_add_local_field. In the new version, we decided to move these back into the GUI on the admin panel. For most of […]

First Steps with Javascript and WordPress

It starts with a simple maxim. Learn Javascript Deeply. That’s what Matt said. And it’s good advice. Javascript underpins everything we do, and it’s becoming more and more advanced every day. It’s not just the future of WordPress, it’s the future (and present) of the web. Of course, Matt mentioned this right around the time […]

The Responsibility a WordPress User

Last week, WP Tavern posted an article about how Matt Mullwenweg was addressing concerns over WordPress development moving too quickly. Matt more or less shrugged the question off in his State of the Word, but it is still a rising sentiment. And it’s not just a concern in the WordPress community, but in the larger web […]

Leveling Up in JavaScript for WordPress Developers

Or How I Learned JavaScript. When I started building websites, I used Notepad, and wrote pages in plain HTML and a little CSS. After a couple of years giving that a go, I moved to WordPress, and found out all about web standards. I’ve certainly written my fair share of PHP, but my primary skill set […]

Jay Hoffmann

A Web Developer