How to build an auto-ranking Twitter list with WordPress

My team and I recently built an awesome list template on WordPress that ranks a set of Twitter users based on follower count. It allows a content writer to easily add a list of Twitter handles, and generate a well designed post. The first piece of content we created with it generated a 1,212% increase in traffic to our site. Check out the tutorial below if you're interested in building it as well. Requirements ... Input Twitter Handle (required) Name (optional) Tagline (optional) Image (optional) Bio...
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Take the labor out of web development with Workbench

In recent years there has been a constant drive to produce tools to make the job of developing web sites as painless as possible. One of the most useful group of tools has been boilerplates, which set up the basics and allow the developer to get up and running on a new project in double quick time. Workbench is a little different from other offerings in this field. It comes with the usual task helpers we now expect to see in boilerplates, but it also comes with JavaScript plugins — a feature more likely to...
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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...
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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...
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8 reasons to rely on a CMS for web development

Every website owner, before ordering a website, faces a dilemma: whether to use a professional developer’s services or try one of the ready-made solutions that content management systems offer. It’s a fight between web developers and ready-made website builders: who offers a more comfortable option for creating a fully-functional website that is easy to manage, customize and that looks great on any device? Professionals blame CMSs for providing low-quality code and site vulnerabilities....
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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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Node.js unleashes v4.0.0

Node.js’ collaborators and the Node.js Foundation’s members have teamed up to publicly release Node v4.0.0. Untold hours of striving have produced a result that features the Node.js project and the io.js project in just one codebase. Though 44 collaborators now run Node.js, altogether, there are more than 100 folks who have contributed code to core since v0.12.7. Get the download here. The features ... Primarily, there’s a slew of new ES6 features enabled by default. These include block...
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Meet Rucksack, the latest CSS development tool

Has CSS development become too humdrum for you and just not as fun as it used to be? If that’s been what you’ve found in the last little while, then it’s a good idea to try something new and fresh, such as Rucksack. Rucksack might come in a neat, compact package, yet it’s full of goodies that will make CSS development easier. Both modular and lightning-quick, Rucksack is built on PostCSS and comes with many features. Designers and developers want to start using tools like this right out of the box,...
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