Lara Schenck

Lara Schenck

Designer & Front-end Developer Joined about 9 years ago

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  • Posted to Logo voting app, Jan 06, 2015

    I'd definitely pay for that.

    1 point
  • Posted to Alternatives to Wordpress, in reply to Jeff Whitfield , Dec 14, 2014

    Agreed. I think there is a pretty specific use case for WordPress sites, and that's where it excels: brochure sites and blogs. When you start incorporating any app-ish functionality and passing around data, bad news bears. Even ecommerce is pushing it. And don't get me started on those premium themes...

    Re: 'green' CMSs - I'll check out SilverStripe. I've been in WP mode since discovering Timber, but it's on my list to check out some others.

    1 point
  • Posted to Alternatives to Wordpress, in reply to Jodi Warren , Dec 14, 2014

    Awesome - it's very well supported and documented. You can also use all the functionality of Twig, so splicing arrays, adjusting date formats, etc. is super simple. And extending templates is so awesome - really encourages your to DRY out your code, and come up with a design system.

    The only concern I had was performance (the more things you layer on WP, the more problems) but that hasn't been an issue as long as you are caching well. Also don't plan on using plugins for major UI components (good to steer clear of those anyhow) - I think you could run into issue where they rely on some default WP functionality you've decided to abandon, as Timber makes it so easy to customize.

    One thing to watch out for, though, is that it's not hard to request more from the database than you need - just be sure to use the global contexts sparingly. Just general best practice stuff.

    1 point
  • Posted to Alternatives to Wordpress, Dec 12, 2014

    Don't write off WordPress completely - I use Timber and Advanced Custom Fields for ground up sites. Timber lets you use Twig for templating - makes custom WP dev a dream.

    I've toyed a lot with the idea of using Craft, et. al but scrapped that once I discovered Timber. Those other CMSs are a bit green still, and there's a ton to be said for WP's reputation and community support. If you are building from scratch, just make sure you give clients limited opportunity to mess things up. Remove all WYSIWYGs and force them to focus on content. Annotate the admin area well, and give them a good training on how to manage the site, and you're golden (probably).

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  • Posted to Simple Sassy Starter, in reply to Prabhas Pokharel , Oct 16, 2014

    Fixed, thanks!

    And Brad Frost is the man, no question.

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  • Posted to Simple Sassy Starter, in reply to Drew Albinson , Oct 16, 2014

    Awesome - yeah, I tried to include a bunch of comments and links to best practice stuff. Let me know if you have any questions!

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  • Posted to Do you keep old repos around on Github?, in reply to Artem Titoulenko , Oct 06, 2014

    Haha sounds good to me! Thanks!

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  • Posted to Do you keep old repos around on Github?, in reply to Louis-André Labadie , Oct 06, 2014

    Cool - I did that with a couple, but I like the idea of keeping the momentum evident. Thanks!

    1 point
  • Posted to Craft vs. Wordpress: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Data, Oct 04, 2014

    One thing not mentioned at all is the WordPress community, and that's pretty damn special. I also am very wary of anything new and trendy e.g. is Craft going to be around in 5 years? WP definitely will be, and it's familiar and trusted among clients.

    That being said, WP dev certainly has it's downsides and I would love to try out Craft, but the future-proof-ness of WordPress seals the deal for me (at least on client work).

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  • Posted to SIte Design:, in reply to James Young , Sep 30, 2014

    Agreed on fleshing out the projects beyond Dribbble shots (but understandably a temp site, looks great!)

    This article has a good breakdown of portfolio site components.

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