Three Things We Love About WordPress

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbLooking at one of today’s leading content management systems, WordPress, it currently powers 23% of the internet (WordPress). In 2003, it emerged as a strict blogging-only site. However, it presently hosts more than 74 million websites worldwide with clients including Best Buy, Sony Music, The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Xerox and more. An attractive aspect of WordPress is its open source platform. This platform allows individuals to freely use, change and share software.

In addition to its unique platform, here a few reasons why we love WordPress:

1. It is extremely user friendly. You don’t have to be a technical whiz to create a website because WordPress allows you to design your own with easy-to-create themes. These range from subtle designs to more complex ones, depending on the nature of the content. In addition, WordPress itself is incredibly simple to navigate.

2. Its on-site forum has developed a huge community. Its forums located directly on-site allow users to discuss, solve, and address issues ranging from everything including plugins, hacks and installations. This accessible support has fostered a community where users can communicate with each other in a matter of seconds.

3. You don’t have to create your own custom design. WordPress has provided the luxury of choosing ready-made, versatile designs for your website. In addition to the plethora of free designs available, you can also pay for a premium plan, which allows additional customization options. $99 a year will get you this, along with a custom domain, an extra 10GB of storage, the suspension of advertisements on your site and other additional goodies.

We’ve discussed a few traits we love about WordPress; what do you adore about the CMS?

Tips and Tricks – Stuff you need to know about developing with Chrome DevTools

It’s no secret that Chrome is a good browser to develop in. I use it all the time.

Not everyone’s familiar with all the tools available to them, though. Tutorialzine came out with a great list of must-know tips and tricks that’s going to make your job way easier.

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#7, Pretty Print, is really useful. It’ll un-minify code so you can actually read it without having to copy it into your text editor and add whitespace yourself.

Do you have a favorite tip – even one that’s not on this list? Let us know about it!

Tools to Test Your Website on Multiple Devices

A mobile marketing budget is imperative. While 2014 was considered the year of the mobile, imagine what we will see in 2015!  Matrix Group Creative Director Alex Pineda recently shared that one of the top design trends to watch out for in 2015 is the expansion of responsive design with the explosion of mobile devices with different screen sizes and resolutions.  What does that mean to you? Image of various devices showing website

Over the last few years, when it came to designing websites, we built and tested sites on phones, desktops and tablets with similar screen sizes. That’s no longer the case! With multiple devices ranging in different sizes and screen resolutions, you want to make sure you test your site in different devices. There are many tools available out there to do this, but our front end developers have a few that they prefer:

Google Chrome Device Mode & Mobile Emulation: Our primary way of testing and building websites, this tool not only allows us to test the site based on device, screen size and resolutions, but allows us to test the functionality and performance based on specific situations:

Responsinator.com: The site lets you view your site in multiple devices and sizes. Test your current site and see how it looks.

Responsive.is/: A critical thing to look at when testing the responsiveness of your site is the typeface and size. This site is a great resource to use to test your website.

What resources do you use to test your websites?  Share them with us.

BrowserStack Makes it Easy to Test Your Website in Multiple Browsers

BrowserStack makes it easy test your website on multiple browsers more efficiently in a variety of browsers including Safarbrowserstacki, Google Chrome, Android and Firefox and mobile devices—all at once!

Web developer tools are built in to the application to make de-bugging really easy and quick.
No more buying multiple devices to test your sites, with BrowserStack you can test a site in an hour compared to several hours. And the best part—you don’t need to install anything!

Learn more about BrowserStack