Words, Ideas, Clicks, Screens

WICS (Words, Ideas, Clicks, Screens) is a usability score for web software created by Steve Burge from ostraining.com. The article compares WordPress, Joomla and Drupal – the big 3 open source content management systems.

Steve scores each task based on 4 criteria:

  1. Words: How many new or unusual words must the user learn?
  2. Ideas: How many new or unusual ideas must the user learn?
  3. Clicks: How many clicks must the user make?
  4. Screens: How many screens must the user visit?

 

No scoring system is perfect but I like Steve’s approach. It’s worth reading the article, WordPress also does pretty well in the scoring too :)


task management

For the longest time we have being using Basecamp for project management at Sennza. Since last year I have been investigating alternatives as we felt that Basecamp was no longer helping us as much as it once did. After 37 Signals announced their plan to become a one product company it provided the extra incentive I needed to start looking again.

In my search I managed to narrow it down to 2 project management tools that I felt could fill the gaps that basecamp had, they were Asana and Trello. Both are super awesome tools and depending on your workflow either tool could work really well for you.

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Device-Agnostic

Trent Walton of Paravel Inc wrote a great piece on what it means to design and develop a website that can work everywhere in a time of infinite devices.

Like cars designed to perform in extreme heat or on icy roads, websites should be built to face the reality of the web’s inherent variability. In my mind this approach addresses the following from the beginning:

Hostile browsers
Tiny screens
Slow connection speeds
Touch inputs

It’s well worth reading through the full article.


Sennza – 4 Years In

This month Sennza is 4 years old, and every March we take the time to look back to reflect on the last 12 months gone by and celebrate the milestones we’ve reached. All too often it’s easy to forget how far we have come and what we have achieved as we keep moving forward.

As I look over the list of things we’ve done, if I had to sum up the last 12 months in one word it would have to be “Contribution”. We had several projects over the last 12 months that allowed us to create, modify and review numerous WordPress plugins. As a result of these projects we were able to contribute our code back to the community.

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WordPress Hangout With Dan Petrovic From Dejan SEO

Last night I was invited by Dan Petrovic from Dejan SEO to participate in a WordPress Google Hangout. If you missed it then I’ve embedded the video below and I’ve also included some links to some of the hosts and plugins I mentioned during the course of the show.

Show notes and links

Hosting

Self Hosted

Profiling plugins and improving performance

Development Automation

  • Consider ditching MAMP, WAMP stacks for Vagrant
  • Grunt task runner – CSS preprocessing, minification, image optimisation, project scaffolding, concatenation and more!

 


Add Foundation 5 Styles to TinyMCE in WordPress

Earlier this week I did a blog post about the development of Sennza 3.0 and during that post I mentioned that I mentioned that I used TinyMCE styles to add two, three and four column layouts using Foundation 5 which prompted this question on Twitter:

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Development Of Sennza 3.0

As many of my WordPress peers are aware, I have become almost obsessive about my WordPress development workflow over the last 12 months. So much so that I’ve even started a podcast with Jason Resnick about it!

The main reason for this obsession is to assist Sennza’s internal development process by creating a solid, repeatable and consistent workflow so that all WordPress projects will be setup using the same environment, folder structure and tools. This consistency means that at any given time, any staff member can either start development on a new site or add a feature to an existing site and not have to spend time either setting their own development environment or lose time getting their head around an existing sites theme structure.

During the development of Sennza 3.0 I was able to spend some time experimenting with Foundation 5 and as a result I’ve fallen head over heels for it and we’ll be using it in our client work going forward. I’ll now do a shakedown of the development of Sennza 3.0 as I know a few of my peers have been curious to know what took place behind the scenes!

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The 2 Features I’d like to see in WordPress 4.0

With 3.9 well underway, coupled with the fact that “features as plugins” need to be ready at the start of release cycle, not during, my mind has started wondering what would make for good additions in WordPress 4.0

As Matt Mullenweg has said previously, 4.0 is just the next version after 3.9 and the version before 4.1, there shouldn’t be anything special about it. However, no matter what you say about it 4.0 is psychologically a big milestone for WordPress and it’s going to receive lots of attention regardless.

Now I must state that this is totally my own wish list, but if I could choose what features would make it into 4.0, I would choose 2, and only 2 features. These are the two I would choose and why:

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Welcome to Sennza 3.0

Today we are excited to present the 3rd incarnation of the Sennza website.

Sennza as a company has come along way in the past year, we have had a chance to work on some exciting projects with fantastic clients and in that regard our previous website was really letting us down. It did not do a good job of displaying the work we create and type of company we are. That changes today!

When we set out to redesign the Sennza website we decided to really get back to the “Sennza” philosophy and keeping things simple, discarding any thing on the site that was superfluous to our main goals.

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Google has officially released their Publisher Plugin (Beta) for WordPress. This beta version of plugin allows you to:

  • Easily add AdSense ads to your site to make money from advertising.
  • Verify your site with Webmaster Tools with just one click.

Sennza were approached to provide a code review for this plugin. The Google team have done an amazing job with the development and we look forward to future releases. This is the 2nd official WordPress plugin by Google that Sennza have been involved with, the first being Google App Engine for WordPress.