As the year 2020 is coming to an end and 2021 is beginning soon, it’s to time to make reflections of the past year and beginning to start thinking/planning for the coming year. Though 2020 was an unprecedented year from the coronavirus pandemic and political polarization perspective, it was not an ideal year for a self-learning environment. Unlike previous years, my learning-progress took a hit this year. For reference, here are links to my previous year-end 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 posts.
Anticipating a normal year and more time than previous years, I had set an ambitious learning goals for the year 2020. But unbearable background ‘noises’ (pandemic, polarized elections, other restrictions) that struck on our face was a major distraction. Thus this year-end post is more looking forward than looking back to 2020.
This make.wordpress.org page describes “Full Site Editing is a major part of Phase 2 of Gutenberg” and is one of the main focuses for WordPress core development in 2021. If the 2020 State of the Word address was any indication, WordPress is moving full steam ahead to land full site editing in 2021. WP Tavern […]
The CSS-Tricks ran a 2020 year-end thought series and asked web builders the same question:
What is one thing you learned about building websites this year? Chris wrapped the series with a list of authors who responded to his call and what they told.
A read the series everyday, and one of my favorites one is from Natalya Shelburne‘s post 2020 was not a good year for learning. In the post she discuss
I spent almost a decade teaching design and, let me tell you, the conditions for curiosity were all wrong this year. You are not alone if you’ve found yourself battling brain fog, deep existential crisis, and long spans of nothingness instead of basking in a creative renaissance. I spent most of this year in a tiny apartment under a terrifying lockdown in epicenter-of-the-pandemic New York with my husband, two cats, and a very energetic toddler. I’ll save the details for a therapist, but let’s just say this year did not go as planned. Natalya Shelburne in the CSS-Tricks
In the post, Natalya writes “This has been a deeply unsustainable year for so many. Showing up and making it through each day and making any progress is enough. Not giving up and trying again, day after day, is success.”
There are two interesting posts on WordPress worth noting. In Nellosofware blog, Antonio Villegas predicts a bright future for WordPress. In another Stackbit blog, Ohad Eder-Pressman writes an open letter to the Matt Mullenweg about the perception of WordPress lead developers about Jamstack. A Bright Future for WordPress In the post A Bright Future For […]
Chris Wiegman writes on his blog his reasoning for returning to the WordPress is the new block editor. The block editor, though controversial in the beginning, seems to be winning back the hearts and minds of many WordPress users.
Although GatsbyJs, Hugo, Jekyll are buzzwords for many web developers and migrating their blogs from the WordPress to such more developer friendly static sites. One of the main attractions of these static sites is that they are lean, fast, developer friendly, and more secure from hackers. However, most static site generator frameworks are not as robust as the WordPress, now some developers are returning to the WordPress.
While I was creating a staging site in a new account where its domain nameservers changes were not updated yet and but had to develop on a WordPress site. That required me to use the “hosts” file. What is “hosts” File? According to this documentation, “The hosts file is used to map hostnames (in other […]
In a Smashing magazine posts titled #BlackLivesMatter, Vitaly Friedman (co-founder and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine) writes that “contributing to positive change is difficult, but it’s the right pursuit, no matter how much effort it takes”.
Writing about the currently ongoing protests in US and around the world highlighting ‘injustice, denial of opportunity, and inequality’ in black and other minority ‘non-white’ communities Mr Friedman stand behind firmly to more diverse lineup to the magazine and conferences.
We stand firmly behind the Black Lives Matter movement. We stand strongly behind introducing a wide range of Black voices to Smashing publications and conferences. We remain committed to providing a platform for the Black community to use our platform to make their voices heard. The entire team is committed to introducing and promoting the work of underrepresented people in our community, and to bringing a more diverse lineup to the magazine and conferences. Vitaly Friedman Smashing Magazine
Other larger tech companies including Apple CEO Tim Cook have started publicly speaking up on racism in America.
Full Site Editing with Gutenberg Block Editor is said to be one of the main goals of current Gutenberg block development. Development of Gutenberg-block based themes and their experimental use have started appearing in WordPress core development blogs. Riad Benguella, one of the Gutenberg developers writes in his personal blog I’m using a block-based theme. […]