In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll find resources for becoming a UX designer, learn why the WordPress 4.9.3 version was quickly followed by the 4.9.4 version, discover why media queries may not be needed in your 2018 responsive design, and more.
If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.
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Tweet of the Week
If there’s a discernible difference, it can be measured.
If there’s no discernible difference, ask yourself, what are you seeking to accomplish?
If you are seeking a difference that matters, measure it! Even imperfect measurements help. Otherwise you’re shooting in the dark.
— Dave Gray (@davegray) February 8, 2018
- Offer ‘Delayed Account Creation’ at the Confirmation Step (38% Don’t): Don’t create obstacles in the checkout flow. Add the option to create an account at the confirmation step.
- Resources for Becoming a UX Designer: If you’re transitioning to a career as a UX designer, you’ll find no better list of resources than Jessica Ivin’s compilation of articles, podcasts, videos, and books.
- When you realize it’s time to rethink your persona.
You know, if your persona lists the kind of car they drive and your product has nothing to do with transportation, you might be encouraging the wrong assumptions. cc: @indiyoung
— Dylan Wilbanks, Human Grumpy Cat (@dylanw) February 8, 2018
- Research review finds most readability formulas outdated and overrated: In her “Plain Language in the United States Gains Momentum: 1940–2015″ research review, Dr. Karen A. Schriver says that most readability formulas are using outdated and unreliable methods. It’s more than counting complex words, is the content trustworthy?
- What’s the difference between a UX researcher and a UX designer?: For some user experience professionals, there is no difference in the two roles. It’s an ongoing discussion I’ve heard at our UX events for years.
- Lily, why do you care so much about Accessibility?: Learn how Lily Williams found her way to the accessibility field. And how she’s helped teams make content that is accessible to everyone.
I realised that technology had the potential to create equality and inclusion.
- Improving Our Video Experience: Part Three: In the third and last post in their video improvement series, the New York Times Open team explains how they built closed captions support into their video delivery platform.
- How things change for developers over time.
Me as a dev many years ago: Why do I need to make it so fonts can enlarge so much?
Me now: *lifts glasses to read iPhone*#a11y.
— Billy Gregory (@thebillygregory) February 9, 2018
- How to design for everyone in 3 steps: Excellent summary of a four-designer panel discussion (at Cooper Hewitt design museum in New York City) about why inclusive design should be the primary way to think of design.
- An In-depth Performance Comparison Of 5 Popular WordPress Page Builders: Love them or hate them, WordPress page builders are popular. But many WordPress professionals believe page builders negatively impact performance. I was surprised by which page builder came out in front.
- New Policy Changes in WordPress Plugin Directory : Instead of time-based, the warning that appears for a not-recently updated plugin will display
This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
Not sure how I feel about the change, you?
- WordPress 4.9.4 Fixes Critical Auto Update Bug in 4.9.3: The release of WordPress 4.9.3 was quickly followed by 4.9.4, due to a critical autoupdate error
- January 2018 release notes: I love the monthly ManageWP release notes, a quick summary of changes made in the past month to one of my favorite plugins. Did you know the Classic version of ManageWP is no longer available?
CSS and HTML
- Modern CSS Explained for Dinosaurs: What I liked about Peter Jang’s post, in addition to the fun dinosaur comics: his history of how CSS has been used for styling and layout.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the many different CSS methodologies that are out there, but it’s important to keep in mind that there is no one right approach .
- Using Media Queries For Responsive Design In 2018: Since Flexbox and Grid are responsive by default, media queries may not be needed in your responsive design, says Rachel Andrew.
- Rather than making something complicated, use the simplest tool possible.
I have just witnessed a Stack Overflow question, which can be answered with CSS, answered with jQuery and Angular.
— Ian Devlin (@iandevlin) February 9, 2018
What I Found Interesting
- How to Relaunch a Dormant Blog: If you’re planning to relaunch your blog, Darrell Rowse’s tips on how to bring your blog back to life will make your launch a lot easier.
- What are we optimizing for?: Whether it’ an intentional decision or due to lack of awareness, the tradeoffs we make impact our products and services. We need to be mindful of them, says Sarah Federman.
- Free Icon Set – Set of 15 Winter Olympics icon freebies : Just in time for this week’s 2018 Winter Olympics!
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