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5 min read WebDevStudios
Business | wds.af | Apr. 14, 2020

Integrating WordPress with Social Media

Why aren't you featuring your social media on your WordPress site? You should be. Here are some ways to do it.

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Integrating WordPress with Social Media

Business | wds.af | Apr. 14, 2020

If you’re not incorporating social media on your WordPress website, you are missing out on a huge segment of your potential revenue stream. According to Lyfe Marketing, 59% of people access social media every day or most days. Over a third check social media over five times a day. The more connected and engaged you are with your audience and customers, the more likely they’ll return. In the end, this helps drive sales. Lyfe Marketing goes on to state that, “Online adults aged 18-34 are most likely to follow a brand via social networking (95%).” It’s all about brand recognition and awareness. The more social media exposure, the more likely a consumer is going to visit your site. Your business needs to leverage sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to keep up with the competition.
Social Media Statistics
3.2 billion social media users around the globe
Users spend an average of two hours and 22 minutes on their social media accounts every day, including messaging
73% of online marketers agree that their efforts in implementing a social media marketing strategy for their business has been effective
90% of Instagram users say that they follow a business

5 min read WebDevStudios
Development | wds.af | Apr. 9, 2020

StorybookJS and Why You Should Use It

What is StorybookJS? Why is it useful? Why should you be using it? WDS Frontend Engineer, Alfred Navas, has the answers!

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StorybookJS and Why You Should Use It

Development | wds.af | Apr. 9, 2020

What is Storybook? Storybook is a user interface (UI) development environment and playground for UI components. The tool enables developers to create components independently and showcase components interactively in an isolated development environment.
Storybook supports many different frontend view layers. React, Vue, Angular, Mithril, Marko, HTML, Svelte, Meteor, Ember, Riot and Preact are currently supported.
Why Is It Useful?
As developers, our goal is usually to build software incrementally, with the goal of new features being written in a modular manner. To ensure that our code operates correctly, we usually capture its behavior in a set of unit tests. These tests exercise our code in an isolated way. However, when we later go to manually test our components, it’s typically done within the context of the full website.
Storybook allows you to see and interact with your components in an isolated way, similar to how unit tests scope the testing of your component code.
The most important aspect of it is that Storybook gives us a great way to visually test our application during construction. The ‘stories’ will help ensure we don’t break our task visually, as

9 min read WebDevStudios
Development | wds.af | Oct. 22, 2019

Headless WordPress: Taking Posts Anywhere

What is headless WordPress and what does it look like in practice? Our backend engineer wrote this blog post to explain it all.

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Headless WordPress: Taking Posts Anywhere

Development | wds.af | Oct. 22, 2019

What Does Headless WordPress Mean? WordPress as a content management system (CMS) is a platform for creating and managing your digital content. Your digital content can take the form of blog posts, events, products, team members, locations, and essentially anything you consider content that you wish to store and share. As an all-in-one system, WordPress is equipped with a backend admin interface to manage all your content as well as a frontend to display content to your users which leads us into what it means to go “headless” and what it has to do with WordPress.
When you take your website headless, you are separating the backend (admin interface) and frontend (user interface) or ‘heads’ from each other. With a separated backend and frontend, you gain the freedom to continue to manage and author content in WordPress while freeing up your content to be available for use in other applications that are written in Angular, React, and Vue.JS, or integrated into mobile apps.
When You Should Go Headless
One of the primary reasons to consider going headless is if you plan on having your content available across multiple websites and platforms at the same time. This is

6 min read WebDevStudios
Community | wds.af | Aug. 13, 2019

Why WordCamp US 2019 Is Going to Be Lit

Here's how we know that WordCamp US 2019 is going to be lit!

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Why WordCamp US 2019 Is Going to Be Lit

Community | wds.af | Aug. 13, 2019

Have you traveled across the plains through the gateway to the west? Well, get ready to do that for WordCamp US! This year, St. Louis, Missouri, known for BBQ, baseball, and beer, is playing host to the largest WordPress conference in the nation. As a WCUS organizer and St. Louis resident, I have some inside information just for you. Although the event organizing team is in full-on planning mode, we have already started to release some of the awesome details, making it worth adding this WordPress community event to your destination list this year.
What, When, Where
WordCamp US, November 1-3, 2019, will be located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, Missouri at the America’s Center Convention Complex. The convention center is super easy to get to, no matter whether you are a local or visitor. It’s 10 blocks from the historic Gateway Arch and many other local attractions. To find out more about hotels and the venue for WCUS, click here.
The Event
Information about WordCamp US is being released daily from the organizing team on what to expect this year at the event. Here are some exciting things we know so far:
Networking – There are WordPress community members and friends

11 min read WebDevStudios
Development | wds.af | Jan. 17, 2019

Web Design and Development Myths: 2019 Edition

Face 2019 with some new knowledge of your website. Read over these design and development myths and learn what you can do right in the new year.

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Web Design and Development Myths: 2019 Edition

Development | wds.af | Jan. 17, 2019

I’ve written about New Year website prep before and how this is a popular time to give your website a good once-over for the new year. You can read Get Your WordPress Site Ready for the New Year: What to do Now! for some helpful ideas on getting things running smoothly. Every client that I work with has ideas about what their new or existing website needs without really thinking about what it means for their website in the long term. New or potential clients have their own misconceptions around their potential websites as well, so I thought it might be helpful to talk about some design and development myths or misconceptions and address them so you can face 2019 with some new knowledge. Myth: Sliders and Hidden Content Are a Must
At some point in the 2000s, movement became popular in websites. The increasing adoption of JavaScript and libraries like jQuery and MooTools made things like carousels, modals, sliders and other hidden and dynamic content possible. At that time, the internet was concerned with making a splash and pushing the boundaries, not with user experience or accessibility.
Let’s make a resolution right now: no more carousels, sliders, modals or accordions.