Trevan Hetzel

Simple animated sticky header with plain JavaScript and CSS

Sticky headers are a very common pattern found on a lot of websites. You see lots of site headers that stick to the top of the page once the user scrolls down to a certain point (usually the height of the header). Since it’s such a common UX pattern, there are lots of libraries, plugins and different ways to build them. But I hate adding libraries to my codebases when just a few lines of...

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My essential front-end extensions for Visual Studio Code

I’ve recently switched from Sublime Text to Visual Studio Code as my primary code editor. As such, I’ve personalized it to feel like home. Here are the most important extensions I use as a front-end developer. Afterglow Remastered This is the color theme I’ve been rocking in Sublime Text for a while, so I was pretty happy to discover it had been ported over to Visual Studio Code. Auto Close Tag Because who doesn’t want...

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Loading stylesheets in WordPress child themes the fast way

Loading stylesheets in WordPress child themes is a pretty straightforward process. According to the Codex, you just add a wp_enqueue_scripts action that loads the parent theme’s stylesheet as well as the child theme’s stylesheet. Easy peasy. However, you know me and extra asset requests 😉 I hate to request multiple CSS or JS files if I can help it. Loading the parent stylesheet with WordPress’ recommended wp_enqueue_scripts is going to end up making two calls...

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Our twist on BEM CSS modifiers

Over the past few years, I’ve found that the BEM CSS methodology falls closest in line with my preference for CSS authoring (although I do have a lot of respect for Enduring CSS). The block (parent), element (child/grandchild) and modifier work for nearly every scenario. However, there was always one thing with BEM that drove me nuts – the way it recommends writing modifiers. According to the official BEM website, the way to declare modifiers is .block__element--modifier....

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Single page WordPress themes with Timber, Twig and Backbone

I wrote an article nearly a year ago about building a front-end WordPress theme using Backbone. Since then, I’ve done a lot more research and experimenting and have come up with a pretty solid way of developing “single-page-esque” WordPress themes with Backbone (or React/Flux, Angular, Ember or any other front-end framework). My big hurdle earlier in the year was the concept of server-side vs. client-side rendering. I couldn’t think of a good way to serve...

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