Articles by Ezequiel Bruni

Ezequiel Bruni is a web/UX designer, blogger, and aspiring photographer living in Mexico. When he's not up to his finely-chiselled ears in wire-frames and front-end code, or ranting about the same, he indulges in beer, pizza, fantasy novels, and stand-up comedy.

What you need to know about Bootstrap 4

Bootstrap is beloved by many. Well, if not “beloved”, then it is at least appreciated for what it is: a giant framework with almost everything you could need for building a site or web app interface. Bootstrap is changing, though. That’s right, version four is in alpha release. Naturally, we're just as curious to know what’s different, so I dived into the documentation to find out. Keep in mind, though, that this is an alpha release. It cannot be considered feature-complete. It could radically...

How to usability test your project for free

Usability testing is sometimes one of those things that developers conveniently ‘forget’ about. Why? Well do a search for it. Usability testing, as it is generally practiced, costs money. There are interviews to perform, a variety of tests to create for each and every project, services to pay for… and what if your client’s in another country? Or what if they’re a small business with a small budget, or a brand-new startup? What if the only reason you learned web development in the first...

How to get started with C7 Form Builder

There are a lot of form solutions for WordPress. And why not? After printing "Hello World!", the easiest starter plugin to make is probably some sort of contact form solution. Besides, at some point in their web design and/or development careers, everyone needs to build a form. The typical process involves installing Contact Form 7, if you just want to send yourself some basic emails, or installing something more complex (and paid) like Gravity Forms for anything else. Failing that, you could always...

How to enable instant search in WordPress

Searching for things on WordPress doesn't have to be a long, slow process with multiple page reloads. Thank God. Instant Search & Suggest is a plugin that speeds up the search process by calling up information from posts, pages, taxonomies, and custom post types on the fly. They show up as drop-down suggestions under the search box, of course, but the content area can also be repopulated on the fly. And it can work with just about any theme. In fact, the plugin's author makes the bold claim that it should...

Introducing Page Parts for WordPress

How do I add extra content to a page, from the admin screen, but outside of the main content block? That’s a question you’ll eventually run into with many different CMSs. And it can be a pain. While sometimes, you’ll be able to use a CMS that takes complex page layouts into account (such as Perch, Concrete5, ImpressPages, and the like), it’s not always an option. A massive percentage of the Internet is built on WordPress for a reason after all. I’ve looked for different options over the years,...

The best free WordPress plugins, March 2015

Hey WordPress lovers. Every month dozens of incredible free WordPress plugins are released by the community, and we’re here to bring them to you. This seems to be a month of small but useful utilities that only do one or two things, with a few exceptions. So go on. March on down to the list, and get to it! (I'm only a little bit ashamed of that pun.) WP NoteUp ... Notes! Alongside your posts and pages! Use them to remind yourself, or other authors, about things you'd put in a note. That's really all there is to...

Introducing Frontend Debugger for WordPress

You’ve been writing HTML/CSS, and a little bit of JS for an hour now. This next template for your WordPress theme is almost complete. With an unconscious sigh of relief, you refresh the page, and there it is! It’s done. You deserve a break. And then you see it. Something is positioned wrong, or missing. Something’s out of order. Something’s wrong. Awww, hell. Why now? Why me? Why do bad things happen to good... ok, decent people? It’s a bug. It hurts to look at. So, incidentally, does your code....

How I learned to stop worrying and love 3rd party services

I can be somewhat fickle about letting other people help me. Sure, if I have a lot of heavy stuff to lift, gimme a hand. If I'm working in the kitchen though, it’s my kitchen…get out! Thus, I’ve always had a complicated relationship with 3rd party services for my web work. I mean sure, my first experience with the Internet came when I was about nine years old and my parents let me create my first e-mail account (everyone else was getting them); I used a third-party service for my e-mail because I didn’t...
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