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Tutorials | highrise.digital | Sep. 24, 2018

How to use Trello for WordPress project management - Highrise Digital

Over the last few months, we’ve been focussing on improving the way we manage our projects using Trello to communicate and organise our tasks. Here’s how we have been doing it.

How to use Trello for WordPress project management - Highrise Digital

Tutorials | highrise.digital | Sep. 24, 2018

So, you're planning a new website. Do you want to set your website project up for success? Do you want to avoid any costly surprises along the way?
Of course, you do.
A thorough, focused web specification document will keep your web project running smoothly and, most importantly, will give you the best to chance of delivering a project that meets the goals of your visitors and your business.
In this guide, I’ll outline the key parts of an effective website specification and why they’re important.
What is a website specification?
A website specification is a document that articulates the project’s goals, objectives and tactics. It should outline constraints, such as budget, deadlines, or technical restraints. It can also include project details such as the team involved, for example, stakeholders or points of contact.
Website specification content
Overview
This section should give a basic overview of the project and the organisation behind it. An overview could include:
About your organisation – A brief company background and history.
What problem are you trying to solve? – Why is the project needed?
High-level project scope – Is it a redesign of a

8 min read Keith Devon
Development | highrise.digital | Mar. 4, 2019

Integrating your site with Google Maps API

If you want to display a Google map on your site, for example on your contact page, you need to generate an API key (a specific set of numbers and letters) using a Google account to ensure your map displays properly. This post explains how to obtain this API key and how to configure it so that it will work on your domain.

Integrating your site with Google Maps API

Development | highrise.digital | Mar. 4, 2019

When first working with Google APIs to display a Google map on your site, it can be a daunting and tricky task to find out how to obtain the correct key and set everything up correctly. Not only that, Google made some significant changes to the process of generating them in June 2018. If a year or so ago, you had wrapped your head around how to do this, it’s all gone and changed! Whilst we are a fan of Google services, we are not madly keen on their documentation for this process. This post will guide you step by step through the process.
Step 1. Set up a Google account
The first thing you need a Google account. It’s likely you’ve already set up a Google account along the way (or several if you are me!). You may have a Gmail email account or an analytics account. If you don’t, it’s easy and quick to set up – all you need is an email address to get started.
To create an account, visit google.com and click the ‘Sign in’ button. Even if you don’t have an account yet this is the right first step.
From here you can login or create a new account.
2. Add billing details to your Google account
One of the key changes that came about in June

20 min read Keith Devon
Development | highrise.digital | Jan. 7, 2019

WordPress actions, hooks and filters (Definitive guide)

Hooks - the most powerful feature of WordPress. Also known as actions and filters, we will look at what they are, how to use them and why they can really change the way you develop with WordPress.

WordPress actions, hooks and filters (Definitive guide)

Development | highrise.digital | Jan. 7, 2019

Introduction I have been using WordPress for many years – all the way back to version 2.0 in 2005. A key breakthrough for me, in terms of being a WordPress developer, was when I finally fully understood how to edit the behaviour of WordPress and plugins and themes using hooks.
I hope by reading this post that you will come away with a better understanding of what actions are, how they are used and how you can use them to extend WordPress and of course your own plugins and themes.
Video: Using a filter in WordPress
Before I get into the details of this post, I thought it would be a good idea to show you a hook in use. This video is a demonstration of using a hook in WordPress to modify the output of the tag cloud widget.
Hooks are a way for one piece of code to interact/modify another piece of code.
What are WordPress hooks and how do they work?
Hooks are what WordPress uses to allow one piece of code to interact with and/or modify another piece of code. For example, a plugin could modify another piece of code which WordPress runs. WordPress also makes extensive use of hooks to modify its own code.
Hooks are named events (such as save_post) to which developers can attach functions.

10 min read Keith Devon
Tutorials | highrise.digital | Jan. 10, 2019

Guide: Writing effective website specification documents

Writing a detailed specification will help set your project up for success, and allow development teams to give more accurate quotes. Read our guide to help you write a technical specification for your project.

Guide: Writing effective website specification documents

Tutorials | highrise.digital | Jan. 10, 2019

So, you're planning a new website. Do you want to set your website project up for success? Do you want to avoid any costly surprises along the way?
Of course, you do.
A thorough, focused web specification document will keep your web project running smoothly and, most importantly, will give you the best to chance of delivering a project that meets the goals of your visitors and your business.
In this guide, I’ll outline the key parts of an effective website specification and why they’re important as well as what we have learned, whilst running our WordPress agency, about what a web specification is, how to write one and what to include.
What is a website specification?
A website specification is a document that articulates the project’s goals, objectives and tactics. It should outline constraints, such as budget, deadlines, or technical restraints. It can also include project details such as the team involved, for example, stakeholders or points of contact.
Website specification content
Overview
This section should give a basic overview of the project and the organisation behind it. An overview could include:
About your organisation – A brief company background

5 min read Iain Poulson
Plugins | highrise.digital | Aug. 31, 2017

The pitfalls of WordPress page builders

A nice summary post about the issues working with page builder plugins in WordPress.

The pitfalls of WordPress page builders

Plugins | highrise.digital | Aug. 31, 2017

We’ve been vocal recently in our dislike for what has become an omnipresent force in WordPress – page builders. Love ’em or hate ’em – they’re here to stay. So what are the potential pitfalls? First, let’s look at what we mean by a WordPress ‘page builder’. These are plugins (sometimes built into themes) that allow a WordPress website owner to build pages with pre-built layout and content module options. We’re talking here about plugins like Visual Composer, Beaver Builder, and Divi Builder.
The plugins are extremely powerful. They allow users full control over the layout of a page and can offer a bewildering array of options and settings.
It isn’t hard to see why these have become so popular. Chris Lema wrote a whole post on it. If you’re a website owner you can now add the content you want, where you want it. Effectively, you become a web designer and cut out the need for expensive developers.
And that’s where some of the problems lie.
You’re a designer now, ready or not
Some of these page builders give you free reign over page design, including columns, margins, padding, colours, etc. If your theme

7 min read Iain Poulson
Community | highrise.digital | Jan. 26, 2018

The Highrise Digital WordPress Developer Mentorship Program Story

The folks at Highrise Digital started running a WordPress developer mentorship programme in 2017 and now in their second round. A good read about why they started it, how it works and their hopes for the future.

The Highrise Digital WordPress Developer Mentorship Program Story

Community | highrise.digital | Jan. 26, 2018

Both myself and Keith have been involved and working with WordPress for over a decade now. You could say that WordPress has changed both our lives for the better. I was able to change careers and move to a job using WordPress full time. With all this in mind, we wanted to do something that would give a little back to the WordPress community in the UK that has helped us so much over the years. In 2017 we set up our WordPress Developer Mentorship programme and we are now on our second intake of mentees. In this article, we’ll look at why we set up the programme, our aims for the programme, how we have recruited mentees to take part, and what the benefits have been, for both the mentees and ourselves.
The idea
Both Keith and I have been a part of the UK WordPress community over the course of the last 8 years or so. Keith was the founder of the very popular WordPress London meet-up, which takes place in the capitol every last Thursday of the month. This is grown to over 2000 members with meet-ups regularly getting over 75 attendees.
I have also been involved with WordPress events, being a co-organiser of WordCamp Lancaster back in 2013, a volunteer and both WordCamp Bristol and WordCamp