• Creating my first WordPress API

    I recently started a website project to encourage the communities of Devon to be more involved in the services that we deliver in their community. We have four schemes that in principle help communities to help themselves. These schemes include Snow Wardens, Road Warden, Community self help and Parish Path Partnership (P3). We want to get more residents of Devon involved in these schemes.

    One way of doing this is a postcode search of their area and a query returning which schemes are running in the area and how to get involved.

    I started this by bring a number of sources of data together.… Read the rest

  • WordPress REST API – developing a precautionary

    Back over a year ago now the WordPress team at Devon County Council started exploring a RESTful API. In WordPress 4.4 they introduced an embed extension to embed content into other website. This was the start of the API.

    WordPress 4.7 has just landed and now it has a full RESTful API built right into the core. It is now possible to display all your content by using the new endpoint routes, posts, pages, etc. This is really great, we can now do cross website querying for content using the API. This is just the tip of the iceberg of things that the API can be used for.… Read the rest

  • Building the Homepage

    Building websites has now after quite few years become second nature to me, but building a homepage, well that is a bit different.

    There are a number of things to bear in mind, for example, traffic, performance and design.

    I didn’t need to worry too much about design as that was taken care of by our web designer, agreed on within the team and then signed off by senior management.

    Firstly I needed to look at Foundation, the new framework we have adopted for our mobile first responsive design. Matt had done this and built a flat HTML layout using Foundation.… Read the rest

  • Firm Foundations

    It only seems like yesterday that we decided upon using Twitter Bootstrap as our main responsive grid framework to offer the users both desktop and mobile layouts for all of our public facing websites. The reality is that 2 years have now passed and like all things web development related, things have progressed at an alarming rate.

    When we first adopted Bootstrap, mobile versions of sites were still more of a nicety than a necessity but the reality now is that mobile versions of our sites are far more important than desktop versions. Users not only expect to see nicely formatted content but ultra-fast page loading times.… Read the rest