We Called it Gutenberg for a Reason

No one could suggest that the WP team have small dreams - according to Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg, the new Gutenberg editor will literally "change the world". While the article is light on details, it's hard not to get caught up in the hype. But will it really serve end-users? Only time will tell.

For those who don’t know we kicked off the Gutenberg project around the beginning of the year, I talked about it and we did our first public releases in June, and the team has been doing weekly updates of the public beta plugin that’s available for anyone to try out in their wp-admin.

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Designing The Perfect Feature Comparison Table

Comparisons tables are valuable tools in a designer's kit, allowing you to powerfully communicate information your users may be needed in a clear and easy to digest manner. However, many just can't seem to get it right graphically. Check out this detailed article to help you get the most out of them!

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Not all products are created equal. While we repeatedly buy some products almost mindlessly, for others, we take a lot of time to make a purchasing decision. For a price tag that meets a certain threshold or if we are particularly invested in the quality of a product, we want to be absolutely certain that we are making the right choice and are getting a good product for a good price. That’s where a feature comparison table makes all the difference.

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Introducing Site Meta

This is one of those moments where you look at an upcoming new feature in Wordpress and slap your forehead, saying "Why has no one thought of this before?!". We have meta on users, posts and taxonomies. Why don't we have meta on sites in a multisite network? Well, we soon will.

The site meta adds a new table into core database, that enables developers store per site data in a uniform way. There will be a full API to interact with this data in databases.

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Chrome Version 62 to Show Security Warnings on HTTP Pages Starting in October 2017

Eventually, Google plans on labelling all HTTP pages as non-secure, with the intention to change the HTTP security indicator to the red triangle that is currently being used for broken websites with HTTPS. This will likely be a major deterrent for your users if you haven't made the jump to HTTPS.

Google Search Console has started sending out notices to sites that have not yet migrated to HTTPS. Chrome 61 is now in beta and version 62 is on track to begin marking HTTP pages as “NOT SECURE” beginning in October. It will show the warning if it detects any forms on the page that transmit passwords, credit cards, or any text input fields that the browser deems are in need of HTTPS protection. All HTTP pages in incognito mode will trigger the warning.

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Stripe for Nonprofits

Picking a payment gateway can be tricky, and using PayDock makes it easy and affordable to use more than one! But if you are only using one, we agree that Stripe is the way to go

We realize the details surrounding payment processors can be hazy at best, and you probably have better things to do than research pros and cons. To make your decision easier, we’ll come out and tell you that we recommend Stripe for nonprofits that we work with.

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Why You Need Design Thinking and How To Put It Into Practise

Design Thinking can be applied to so many aspects of life. Not sure what design thinking is and want to learn more? Check out this article by the people at Invision.

It’s more than a methodology or a framework. Design thinking has the power to take you and your team through the trickiest of problems—often with a winning solution on the other end.

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The End of 80/20 and the Future of WordPress

Wordpress' development direction - as with most open source software - has long been driven by those doing the development, rather than the (much more numerous) end users who generally don't have the skills necessary to contribute code. This article suggests a radical change to this approach - but even if accepted, it's not something that can change overnight.

The 80/20 principle as applied in the context of current WordPress development is an ideal without a tether to reality. However much we say we develop the application for 80% of users, the reality is we know almost nothing about 99% of WordPress users. That means at best the rule is without consequence, at worst it is doing harm. The big question is how do we change our philosophy to solve this issue?

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A Deep Dive Into the GTmetrix Speed Test Tool

If you're looking to improve the performance of your website, GT Metrix is a fantastic tool to get you started. At Brown Box, we love using GT Metrix and use it whenever we need to diagnose any performance issues!

GTmetrix was developed by GT.net, a company based out of Canada, as a tool for their hosting customers to easily determine the performance of their site. Besides Pingdom, it is probably one of the most well known and used speed testing tools on the web today! In fact, the reason we are writing this is that we have a lot of Kinsta customers that are always asking us how to follow the advice they see on their GTmetrix reports. Compared to other developer tools, GTmetrix is pretty easy to use and the beginner can pick it up pretty quickly. It uses a combination of Google PageSpeed Insights and YSlow to generate scores and recommendations.

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Icons are little living creatures

Great article that discusses how the relevance of icons changes with society. As the lines between the shapes of our devices begin to blur, it can be a challenging to prevent iconography from becoming doubted or obsolete as technology progresses whilst still being easily identifiable.

It was around 2010 and I was asking for feedback from colleagues on my web design. The response was positive, they thought the site looked great, apart from one tiny detail… the mobile phone icon I’d designed, especially it’s little antenna, was problematic.

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The Most Powerful 5-Word Syllabus You Need To Master For Hiring Remote WordPress Developers

I found this article really interesting because when we're working on a project we often have many of these same conversations with clients. It's made me sit back and think about how we can better anticipate these moments and how we can communicate these concepts more clearly earlier in the process to try and avoid many of the misunderstandings that can occur.

Project scope, scope creep, gold plating, feature creep, scope discovery. What do they mean? The first time I hired a developer to work on my personal website, I had never have heard of them and had no idea these words were so important when working with an outsourced WordPress developer.

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How to Create a Nonprofit Editorial Calendar

Kicking off your blog doesn't have to be an intimidating process, with just a little bit of future planning!

Getting serious about your nonprofit’s blog doesn’t have to be all-consuming. Creating an editorial calendar for your blog offers a way to see the big picture and helps keep a consistent posting schedule.

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A guide to every design ethics

Really like the idea of designing for temporary disability. Keeping this in the forefront of our minds whilst designing makes sure that we are creating user interfaces that are as easy and accessible for as possible for users.

Also, remember that a disability can be temporary. So even if you’re young, you’re fit, and everything is good, sometimes you might have a temporary disability—maybe you broke your arm or you’re just holding a baby or you’re holding a bag. There’s a lot of ways that we can be temporarily disabled, and designers need to think about the different ways that our products will be used. It can also be situational.

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Why Sitting at Your Computer All Day Can Wipe You Out

So it turns out that mental exertion can be just as physically tiring as physical exercise. An interesting insight into the human body - and some handy tips on minimising the impact.

Like most days, I spent the bulk of yesterday sitting in what I’ve determined to be the breeziest corner of my apartment, typing on my laptop. I filed a story, transcribed interviews for a few hours, and sent about half a million emails, but rarely got up from my chair. Still, by late afternoon, I wasn’t just exhausted mentally, but physically, too — disproportionately so, it seemed, considering how little I’d moved.

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SEO 101: What is a keyword?

Keywords are the way to communicate who you are and what you do, to people who aren't already familiar with your brand name. This article has some great tips on the basics of what keywords are and how to use them well.


Yes, keywords are essential in helping people find your site. But once they find it, there needs to be relevant and engaging content that compels them to stay.

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How to Choose the Right Logo Color

Logos need to be able to stand on their own, in such a wide variety of usage situations!

Have you ever designed an identity and gone blank when it was time to pick a color palette? With the entire spectrum at your disposal, it can be tough to select just one or two colors. Although color may seem like an open brief, there is a logical process to follow that will help. We interviewed industry experts and boiled down their advice to three important rules.

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Using IFTTT With WordPress

If This Then That (IFTTT) is a powerful automation service that many users have been taking advantage of for some time. IFTTT has some pretty awesome feature that can help you in your everyday life, However integrating these capabilities into WordPress could be able to take your web automation to the next level! Check out this article to learn more.

You may have heard of the IFTTT service. It has become very popular due to the simple way it allows you to automate a vast array of online activities. Using the service, you no longer need to manually update all of your social networks or try to figure out how to do everything yourself. If you are sick of forgetting to share your blog posts with a specific network or are looking for a way to gather multiple feeds from the services you use and recreate your posts on a WordPress website, IFTTT is exactly what you’re looking for. Let’s take a look at IFTTT in a little more detail.

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How Twitch Learned to Make Better Predictions About Everything

As someone who loves statistics and numbers, I found this article fascinating. But you don't have to be a maths nerd to appreciate the power of the findings here. Of course it isn't going to make sense for every decision or even every organisation, but it goes to show that predicting the success or failure of different things isn't just something that some people can do and others can't - it can be learnt.

We’ve learned a lot from our experiences at Twitch, and discovered some best practices for how organizations may implement their own forecasting training programs, create a culture of forecasting, and better anticipate the future.

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When Large Isn’t Large Enough: Designing With Hero Images

Hero images need to be better than big. Leaving lasting impacts on your audience all begins with what they encounter first and most of the time, it starts with the hero image. Your Hero image is more than just a pretty picture, it's a powerful communication tool.

When users come to your page, they’ll feel some kind of reaction. Whether it’s positive or negative, that reaction is determined in large part by what they see. Because vision is perhaps the strongest human sense, a hero image is one of the fastest ways to grab the user’s attention. Bold, graphic and intentional imagery engages the user. It draws the user in immediately and makes a perfect centerpiece for a minimalist app or website.

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