197: with Stacy Kvernmo

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Stacy Kvernmo, Senior UX Designer at Collegis Education, is on the show to help us answer questions about lazy loading, fine-tuning WordPress’ dashboard, starter themes for WordPress, ways to work more efficiently, and how to handle tough work situations while trying to build websites.

Q & A

  • 27:00 I work in a shop where widows and orphans are despised. I can dig it. It looks a little better to have a few more words wrap to the next line. Generally in this case I am asked to code a line break for mobile so I will put in a br with media query rules applied.
  • 31:10 What are some lazy loading best practices?
  • 36:08 Do you have tried and true plugins or different strategies for fine-tuning the WordPress dashboard?
  • 43:17 I am looking for a new starting point to build my sites on. I think I am not skilled enough to roll my own theme and build everything from the ground up. I have use roots.io in the past, but this has grown to something that I don’t understand anymore. I know there are a few frameworks out there, but what do you guys recommend?
  • 51:20 I often find myself fussing over small design details, refactoring code (to do things the “right” way), or just spending too long trying to figure something out. Do you have any tips for working more effectively and efficiently?
  • 56:50 I try to teach and explain why certain designs will not work on the web, but if it doesn’t look exactly the same as on his/her Apple Retina Cinema display on Safari then it’s wrong. It drive me mad that I can’t have a good working relationship and work together to build awesome websites. Can you give any advice from previous experiences on how you would approach this situation?



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  • Jason Neel

    I loved the discussion around the topic of orphans and widows in web typography.

    It reminded me of a piece Mark Bouton did for 24ways back in 2013 called “Run Ragged” (https://24ways.org/2013/run-ragged/). In it, Mark goes over some of the rules he uses for combatting this. He also recommends a script, Ragadjust, from Nathan Ford: https://github.com/nathanford/ragadjust. The Github repo hasn’t been touched in two years, but it might be of some use.

    • deconai

      Jason, you beat me to it! 😉

      I just built a one pager that uses non-breaking spaces inserted according to certain rules.

  • Morgan Estes

    I released a revised version of the Widon’t WordPress plugin a couple of years ago that builds on the original one from Shaun Inman, called Widon’t Part Deux. It still needs some work, but for now it handles titles and content for posts and pages, and adds a whitelist of HTML elements to check for orphans instead of searching through everything.


  • ben

    “36:08 Do you have tried and true plugins or different strategies for fine-tuning the WordPress dashboard?”

    Bum comment i know but:- dont use wordpress and use a CMS that is built to be modular or customise like Processwire 🙂 instead of fighting WP