Chasing Stripes, a Blog

  • New adventures in page speed


    I’ll confess that my metric as I’ve been head down and developing PeakZebra blocks has been to look at a page being served from a non-local WordPress site and either say “OK, that seems pretty fast,” or else usually it meant the page didn’t load at all. You can also get this content (in full)…

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  • WCPHX 2024 Slide Deck


    It was a blast to be in Phoenix in 2023 and it was twice the fun this time around. This is an embedded Microsoft Office presentation, powered by Office.

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  • The Real Gutenberg Blocks Win: You Can Mix and Match


    As more folks are using the WordPress block editor, I’m seeing more than the occasional Twitter poll asking which set of blocks web builders prefer. It’s a question that makes sense, I suppose. You want to figure which set of building blocks is going to form your baseline toolset. A lot of people like the…

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  • Best WordPress Blocks Plugins to Push Your Gutenberg Imagination


    Gutenberg arrived on the WordPress scene five years ago by now, but plugins that implement more-than-basic blocks were relatively slow in coming. Still, five years: so you might think everyone would have it all figured out by now. But no. And plugins that implement more-than-basic blocks were relatively slow in coming. For one thing, there’s…

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  • How to display blueprints


    What PeakZebra offers is more than a theme. Actually it’s a lot more, but the “lot more” actually is varies from one blueprint scenario to the next. And a given blueprint could actually look a lot of different ways. Yes, what you’d normally call the “theme” is tied pretty closely to what the site does,…

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  • The first LiveTheme goes live


    I’ve gone back and forth a ridiculous number of times about what, exactly, PeakZebra should be. What was the offer? What was PeakZebra going to sell and how was it going to sell it. I’ve had to learn a lot of self discipline when it comes to avoiding the distractions of new shiny ideas and…

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