Articles by Marc Schenker

Marc’s a copywriter who covers design news for Web Designer Depot. Find out more about him at marcschenkercopywriter.com.

WordPress gets even more open-source with Calypso update

Recently, WordPress.com, which is the fully hosted version of WordPress, got its most significant update in recent memory. Automattic, the web-development business known for WordPress.com and its contributions to WordPress, rewrote WordPress entirely under the secret code name Calypso. This means that everything has been overhauled in the CMS. In a blog post on the developer section of WordPress.com, the company announced the new changes as part of a project it’s been working on for almost...

Apple finally open-sources Swift

Swift, Apple’s programming language targeted towards OS X and iOS developers, has just been released as open source. Under the Apache License, all of the source code—which covers code for a unique package manager—is going to be open to edit and compile. This means that programs can be created without any attribution. In a press release on the Apple site, the company announced that developers from all over the world can contribute to new Swift optimizations and features, thereby bringing Swift...
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Looming PHP 7 and its effect on WordPress

It’s no big secret now that PHP 7 is just on the horizon, and with that development comes questions on how it affects sites that run on WordPress. PHP 7 is a massive update to the server-side web development language called PHP, yet it’s also going to have an impact on any PHP-powered CMS like Drupal, Joomla and Magento. Performance upgrades ... PHP 7’s biggest performance improvement is a direct response to criticism over past performance issues on the platform. The new release will provide a 50%...

What’s new in Foundation 6

In the last 12 months, ZURB has been busy at work on the latest and greatest iteration of its remarkable Foundation Framework. Foundation 6 is the recipient of not just a code restructuring or an update for the sake of increasing the version number—it’s actually a major overhaul of the entire Foundation Framework based on feedback ZURB has gathered from Foundation users. As a result of this intense listening, ZURB has implemented a new philosophy that’s more holistic than any Foundation version...

Magento 2.0 makes gains on clean e-commerce design

Ask many e-commerce site owners, webmasters and businesses, and they’ll likely tell you that Magento is one of their favorite e-commerce platforms (if not their favorite). Now, they have even more reason to be thankful for this CMS: its new version. Magento 2.0, now available on GitHub in its beta version prior to its general release later this year, takes some of the superior features of the original and makes them even better. Let’s look at them in detail. UX gets a facelift ... For any CMS, UX has...

Zurb’s Motion UI makes its debut

Fans of custom CSS transitions and animations rejoice. Zurb—that little, California company that’s had a huge impact on interface design in the last two decades and has worked with brands like eBay, Photobucket and even Facebook—this week announced the open-sourcing of Motion UI. Motion UI is the company’s SASS library meant for the creation of custom CSS transitions as well as animation. In an announcement on its widely read and influential blog, the company talked about an updated version...

CodePen shows off its redesign to the Web

CodePen, one of the most influential code-sharing communities on the Internet, has just unveiled its new redesign, the first major one of its three-year existence. This redesign has been a long project for the site, as it’s been underway for the last half year. Web design firm Sparkbox has been a collaborator on this project as well. As expected, the new iteration of CodePen is a site that features marked changes, but, even so, this is only the tip of the iceberg. What you’re seeing now is actually...

Google debuts Brotli, the Internet’s newest compression algorithm

Google’s philosophy has always been that faster speeds are better because Internet users just shouldn’t have to wait a while for pages to load. The company’s already made inroads in this regard. Two years ago, it unveiled the Zopfli compression algorithm, which was met with positive feedback from the industry. Feedback for Zopfli was so good that it has since been integrated into a lot of different compression solutions, everything from PNG optimizers all the way to preprocessing web content....
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