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    Deploying to WPEngine via a Git Action

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    7/28/21

    by Oka Tai-Lee

    WPEngine (WPE) is a great WordPress-only hosting platform. One of the best features is the ability to use git push to deploy your code to your site with just one click. This feature is super handy, but what if you are working on a team and don’t want each developer to have to set up an ssh key and remotes?

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    Getting Started with GitHub Actions

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    7/12/21

    by Sue Malomo

    Using GitHub Actions for your CI/CD (Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery or Deployment) process offers some great features and solves a number of pain points, such as automated testing and sending notifications for successes/failures.

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    4 Ways GA4 Will Change How You Do Analysis

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    6/28/21

    by Jason Studstill

    We love Google Analytics. We know our way around Google Analytics (GA) like the back of our hands. We can answer almost any business question with our eyes closed. We can bend any report to our will. We know all the tricks to turn any GA setup into a Cadillac for advanced web analysis. But things are changing, and the world is different now...and no, I'm not just talking about the pandemic.

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    The Benefits of Container Queries

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    6/11/21

    by Rob McFadden

    You may have heard that container queries are coming. Let’s take a quick look at what they are, why they are needed, and if you stick with me to the end a quick and simple container query solution that you can use today if you need them before they are ready for production.

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    Preparing for Google’s Core Web Vitals Update

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    6/1/21

    by Sabrina Patrizio

    In the SEO world, we don’t always have time to prepare when Google makes algorithmic changes. So, it’s no wonder that SEO practitioners everywhere have been focused on Google’s biggest announcement of the past year: the page experience ranking factor based on Core Web Vitals metrics.

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    A Mountain of Unknown

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    5/13/21

    by Ben Carr

    The staggering pace of growth and change in tools, technologies, and capabilities is one of the most exciting and daunting aspects of the web. As a developer in client services, a critical component of my job has always involved learning what needs to be learned in order to allow our clients to understand and take advantage of the benefits of this pace. Whether it’s an unfamiliar codebase, a new framework, or new browser capabilities — new challenges are always on the horizon.

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    Monkey Patching in Craft

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    5/3/21

    by Rene Merino

    Craft CMS’ admin dashboard is very intuitive, while providing a lot of complex features and functionality. A great deal of this functionality depends on Craft's very own global variable (“Craft”) which extends Pixel & Tonic's GarnishJS UI Toolkit library.

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    Take Your Child to Work Day

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    4/22/21

    by Alyse Lorber

    In honor of Take Your Child to Work Day, we asked Happy Cog kids: “What does your parent do at work?” Here’s what they answered:

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    Going Headless with Craft CMS

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    4/20/21

    by Ben Smith

    A version of this article was originally published in 2019 but has been updated to reflect the most recent advancements in headless technology for Craft CMS as of April 2021.


    What is a headless CMS? A headless CMS is a major shift from the traditional model for delivering web content. It is not a single technology, it is an approach for serving web pages and data to your users. Rather than have a single codebase handle both content management and presentation of that content, a headless CMS is only concerned with content management, leaving presentation up to other parts of the tech stack.

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    Happy Cogference: Spring 2021

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    4/19/21

    by Alyse Lorber

    Videoconferencing, Zoom calls, virtual events—whichever you prefer, they have been a major part of the new norm that offices, trade shows and conferences have all had to adapt to in 2020. The same was true for Happy Cog’s annual internal conference this year.