WordPress Local Development For Beginners: From Setup To Deployment

WordPress Local Development For Beginners: From Setup To Deployment WordPress Local Development For Beginners: From Setup To Deployment Nick Schäferhoff 2018-04-27T14:00:29+02:002018-04-30T08:07:48+00:00 When first starting out with WordPress, it’s very common to make any changes directly on your live site. After all, where else would you do it? You only have that one site, so when something needs changing, you do it there. However, this practice has several drawbacks. Most of all that it’s very public. So, when something goes seriously wrong, it’s quite noticeable for people on your site. Preventing Common Mistakes When creating free or premium WordPress themes, you’re bound to make mistakes. Find out how you can avoid them in order to save yourself time and focus on actually creating themes people will enjoy using. Read more ? It’s ok, don’t feel bad. Most WordPress beginners have done this at one point or another. However, in this article, we Read the full article…

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Paratopic is a short, grimy horror game with a style straight out of 1998

It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play, we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. My first experience with an exploratory “walking game” was the 2008 Half-Life 2 mod Dear Esther. Half-Life 2 was several years old when the mod was released, approaching the twilight realm of last-generation graphics: too old to impress, too new to inspire nostalgia. At the time, that made Dear Esther look dated. But today, its distinctive angularity looks almost intentional, intensifying the story’s stark loneliness. The creepy exploration game Paratopic reaches a little further into the past for its style, but it’s… Read the full article…

Battle royale smash-hit Fortnite’s next move could be super

Fortnite Battle Royale has transcended your average video game to become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon. In fact, the third-person shooter saw a peak 3.4 million concurrent players in March, with the servers buckling under the pressure. Fortnite Battle Royale also holds the record for individual streamer numbers on Twitch with Ninja’s stream featuring Drake. Part of that has to do with the popularity of Battle Royale games in general, and part of it has to do with the Epic Games’ ability to add small details (like these dances) to a colorful, fun-to-watch world. But perhaps most importantly, Epic Games seems to be obsessive about keeping the game fresh, whether it’s adding new player skins, new areas of the map, or new equipment within the game. In that vein, Fortnite BR is structured in seasons, lasting three months each, that add a new flavor to Battle Royale. Season 3, with Read the full article…

Twitch solidifies its lead with viewership up 21% in Q1, while YouTube Gaming drops

Twitch further solidified its lead in the game streaming market in the first quarter of the year, with gains in both average concurrent viewership and peak concurrent viewership, while the number two streaming site, YouTube Gaming, saw losses on both fronts. According to a new report from Streamlabs, which has visibility into the market thanks to its software platform used by hundreds of thousands of streamers, Twitch viewership was up by 21 percent in the quarter, growing from 788K average concurrent viewers in Q4 2017 to 953K in Q1. Meanwhile, YouTube Gaming dropped 12 percent from 308K average concurrent viewers to 272K during that same time. Other streaming services also saw gains, but their viewership numbers are much smaller. Facebook, for example, grew viewership by 103 percent to reach 56K average concurrent viewers, Periscope grew 18 percent to 94K, and Microsoft’s Mixer grew 90 percent to 9.5K. (Microsoft’s real figures Read the full article…

Snapchat launches AR selfie games called Snappables

Snapchat wants to let you play its augmented reality Lenses, not just play dress-up. Today it launched Snappables — AR games that use your touch, motion and facial expressions to compete for high scores or in literal head-to-head multiplayer match-ups. Snappables live alongside Snapchat’s other Lenses and are rolling out globally this week. New games will be released each week, while favorites will stick around. These are Snapchat’s first collaborative or shared Lenses that let you interact with another friend on their own phone, which could create new opportunities for the app in the future. Some of the first Snappables previewed by Snapchat include an Asteroids-style space shooter, a bubble gum popping contest, a weight lifting one you play by straining your forehead, a kiss-blowing game, an egg catching competition and a dance party. The Killer Features blog first spotted Snappables in Snapchat’s code, though originally thought it was a Read the full article…

State of play: Dell-commissioned survey shows a widening, diverse audience for video games in 2018

We’ve known for a hot minute that the consumer demographics in the video game industry were A) changing rapidly, and B) already didn’t match the common stereotypes from past decades. This week, Dell and its Alienware subsidiary announced the conclusions of a survey that they commissioned through the Florida-based firm Researchscape, in order to illustrate and define the changing face of the hobby. Dell’s survey was conducted online in six languages, and encompassed 5,763 people from ages 14 to 87 from 11 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States), all of whom played games on a desktop or laptop machine for at least one hour every week. The survey was 52 percent male and 47 percent female; 57 percent of the respondents were married or living with a partner. Some interesting takeaway points from the survey include: Players are Read the full article…

TLDR: Snap Spectacles are back, Seattle-to-Vancouver ‘nerd bird,’ Nintendo Switch

[Editor’s Note: TLDR is GeekWire’s daily news rundown, hosted by Starla Sampaco. Watch today’s update above, subscribe to GeekWire on YouTube for every episode, check back weekday afternoons for more, and sign up for TLDR email updates below.] Today’s featured stories Snap unveils next generation Spectacles, taking another shot at wearable hardware The ‘nerd bird’ has landed: Tech execs, politicians help kick off Seattle-to-Vancouver seaplane flights Nintendo’s profits soar by 500% thanks to massive success of Switch console Watch the second episode of GeekWire’s new show, Elevator Pitch Subscribe to GeekWire on YouTube. Read the full article…

Nintendo’s profits soar by 500% thanks to massive success of Switch console

Nintendo Switch. (Nintendo Photo) The Nintendo Switch is already one of the most successful gaming consoles of all time, and today we got to see the incredible impact it’s had on the company’s bottom line. Nintendo reported net sales 1.05 trillion — yes trillion — yen for the year ending March 31, which translates to about $9.7 billion in U.S. dollars and is up 105 percent over the previous year. Profits skyrocketed too — 177.5 billion yen in 2017 ($1.5 billion U.S.) up 505 percent from 29.3 billion yen ($270 million U.S.) the year prior. The Switch has now sold 17.79 million units in its lifetime, including 15.05 million in the fiscal year. Super Mario Odyssey crossed the 10 million in sales threshold, with other games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also selling well. The success of the Switch has been a huge development for Nintendo after the company whiffed Read the full article…

K-Swiss is designing a pair of sneakers for an e-sports team

The line between professional athlete and professional gamer continues to blur: today shoe company K-Swiss announced a deal with e-sports group The Immortals to design a pair of custom sneakers for the club. The deal is believed to be the first of its kind. The Immortals is one of North America’s best-known e-sports groups, operating teams in games like Dota 2 and Clash Royale, as well as the Overwatch League’s Los Angeles Valiant. Of course, professional gamers don’t need specially-designed shoes in the same way that an NBA star does, and so the deal is more about style than performance. K-Swiss describes the new kicks as a “lifestyle shoe.” Apparel is becoming an increasingly intense area of interest for e-sports teams looking for new… Read the full article…

Razer rounds out its entry-level gaming accessories with a glowing mouse

When it comes to companies like Razer, most of the focus tends to be on the high end of the product spectrum — devices like the wireless Mamba Hyperflux wireless mouse or the glowing Blackwidow keyboard, meant for enthusiast users who want the best of the best, regardless of price. But there are also products like the recently announced Razer Abyssus Essential, which may not pack the same high-end features like programmable buttons or adjustable tracking, but also cost far less than some of Razer’s other, pricier options. At $49.99, the Abyssus Essential is the cheapest mouse that Razer sells with its signature Chroma lighting, and the first to offer a new “underglow” lighting effect that reflects off the surface your… Read the full article…

6 ways to apply the principles of design to your life

From the archive: This article was originally published in 2016.  We dedicate most of our lives to client briefs – from developing the perfect logo design to creating show-stopping vector art – so why not apply some of that well-honed skill, focus and clear design thinking to making sure we get the most from our own lives? “It’s the most important brief you’ll ever have,” says Vince Frost, who’s benefitted so much from this concept that he’s written a typographic self-help guide, Design Your Life. Here Frost shares six tips on how best to apply the principles of design to our personal lives – and become better designers in the process. 01. Create new habits of working and living Spread from Frost’s book, Design Your Life “Why design your life? To be the best you can possibly be,” says Frost. “So many designers haven’t designed their lives – they’re just Read the full article…

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Swords of Ditto is classic Zelda by way of a Saturday morning cartoon

You’ve been here before: an adventurer awakens in a strange place, only to realize that they — and only they! — are the one who can fulfill an ancient prophecy and save the land from evil. This is the premise for The Swords of Ditto, and it is in no way unique. But there’s something about the game’s charm and structure that help it stand out. It’s sort of like a classic Legend of Zelda game, but dropped into the world of a Saturday morning cartoon. The game’s title, The Swords of Ditto, doesn’t actually refer to a weapon. Instead, the swords are the heroes who are meant to defend the land. You start out as one of the swords, washed up on a beach, and a flying bug tells you the deal: you have four days to eradicate an evil magical being…. Read the full article…

50 inspiring examples of letterpress business cards

Letterpress printing has been around for hundreds of years and yet remains one of the hottest trends in stationery. It’s little surprise that letterpress business cards can still turn heads. The ancient technique involves a surface with raised letters or artwork inked and then pressed into thick, soft paper, adding an exciting, tactile quality to the design. Known for producing a clean and elegant style, the letterpress technique is favoured by many designers for creating unique and creative business cards. Here we’ve picked some brilliant examples of letterpress business cards to inspire your designs. The 10 commandments of business card design 01. Gala Tuesday Gold foil makes a perfect finishing touch for these luxurious cards Produced by Jukebox Print for Gala Tuesday, these letterpress business cards create an instant impression thanks to their die-cut pineapple shape, backed up by eye-catching pink and green paper stock, plus a luxurious finish in Read the full article…