Kawi: The WordPress Theme you will love

Today, I’m going to introduce you a slightly different article as I’m going to introduce you a theme…

Hey! what’s your theme?

The theme I wanted to talk to you about is none other than the one you see on thivinfo.com: Kawi by Vincent Dubroeucq

Why Kawi?

It’s quite simple, I’m not a front-end developer, I didn’t want to develop a theme from A to Z knowing that colleagues from the French WordPress community had already developed some good ones…

My friend Marie Comet simply made me discover Vincent’s theme by telling me:

  • It’s light
  • respectful of WordPress development best practices and accessibility (a11y)
  • easy to customize

Bingo! I will use it!

Child theme VS starter theme?

I asked myself: are you going to use it as a starter theme or more classically by creating a child theme?

In addition to the official WordPress theme directory version, Vincent also offers his theme on Github. The advantage of this version is that it offers the SASS sources that composes the stylesheet. It is therefore a more oriented version for developers who would like to use it as a working base…

Ok, but do I want to cut myself off from the improvements that Vincent could bring to his theme? not really, so I opted to create a child theme to keep the possible future evolutions of the theme.

The version you see here is the child version of the theme available for free on the WordPress directory.

Why changing theme?

And why not?!

First of all because the previous one based on the Humescores theme by Morten Rand-Hendriksen had grown over the years. After 4 years or so, through tests, graphic and functional modifications… the theme had become heavy to manage and to load.

And then the desire to change a little too!

What changes were made?

Not a lot because as a great artist in front of the eternal, I took almost the same style and layout of the home page!

The difference is rather under the hood because the CSS of my child theme is created thanks to SASS which allowed me to discover the excellent Prepros tools avoiding me an installation of an additional tool like Gulp and its multiple dependencies never up to date when I want to use it.

Results

The result is a faster website, more accessible to people with disabilities or using adapted equipment. For me, it’s a lighter theme to maintain and ready to evolve according to my future ideas…

3, 2, 1 Translate!

On April 17, 2020 a WordCamp should have taken place in Paris. Given the situation due to VIDOC19, this one as well as many others was cancelled.

The idea of organizing a day of virtual meeting has born in the minds of several members of the French WordPress community!

We are therefore organizing an half day of contribution to the WordPress project open to everybody, whether you are already a contributor or a novice.

Participate

It’s easy to participate, sign up for the Zoom videoconference. The coordination will also be done via the Slack of the French-speaking community and more specifically on the channel #wptranslationday, to get an invitation, it’s this way

Read the official announcement

See you next Friday!

Thivinfo présente un nouveau service: paroisse-catholique.fr

Aujourd’hui, je souhaite partager un nouveau projet qui pourra rendre de nombreux services je l’espère à certains d’entre vous.

Il était une fois 5p2p

J’ai travaillé un peu plus de 2 ans pour l’association 5 Pains et 2 Poissons qui avait pour but de faciliter le numérique auprès des associations ecclésiastiques.

En tant que développeur WordPress, je produisais des sites web pour des institutions et congrégations religieuses. Cette expérience m’a permis de découvrir un monde qui a besoin de communiquer et de façon efficace… mais qui n’en a pas les moyens.

WordPress au service de l’Église Catholique!

A la fin de cette expérience, l’idée m’est venu de créer un service permettant aux paroisses n’ayant pas trop de revenu d’accéder à un service web de qualité répondant aux standards du web d’aujourd’hui.

Et c’est ainsi qu’est né paroisse-catholique.fr !

Que propose Paroisse-catholique.fr?

Paroisse-catholique.fr propose une solution clé en main qui vous permettra de créer vous même sans connaissance technique le site qui ressemble à votre paroisse.

  • Publiez facilement de l’actualité a destination de vos paroissiens
  • Programmez vos évènements paroissiaux et locaux
  • libérez vous des contraintes, ne gérez que la communication de votre paroisses facilement.
  • Permettez a vos paroissiens de vous contacter facilement
  • Mettez facilement en place des campagnes de dons (denier du culte, donations…)

Quels sont les domaines disponible?

Pour le moment vous pourrez obtenir dans le cadre de votre abonnement un sous-domaine de l’un des domaines suivant:

  • paroisse-catholique.fr
  • paroisse-catholique.org
  • paroisse-catholique.net
  • paroisse-catholique.info
  • paroissial.fr
  • ma-paroisse.org
  • ma-paroisse.fr
  • votre domaine personnalisé…

WP Grid Builder to easily create a faceted search system with WordPress

Today I am going to present you a French solution to create a faceted search system!

What is a faceted search?

A faceted search is a technique for narrowing the results as search criteria are selected.

But if you know, you come up on a page with 200 T-shirts. You select your size, there are 128 choices, then the color, there are 50 possibilities, then the price and you get the only model you can afford!

Until not so long ago, you had to use the FacetWP extension on WordPress but recently, a new extension developed in the south of France has appeared: WP Grid Builder.

If FacetWP is limited to offer a developer-oriented tool to create facets, WP Grid Builder is a consumer-oriented tool and does not only offer facets.

Facets and content grids

Indeed, it also offers the display of grids and templates, all easily manageable in the backoffice of your WordPress.
So non-developers will be able to create a page with a faceted search box and display the results as a grid without a line of code.

WP Grid Builder for developers.

You are a developer then benefit from all the power of WP Grid Builder by creating your facets and templates directly in your projects.

WP Grid Builder has been thought so that WordPress web site developers can easily realize all kinds of projects. So they will find PHP and JS functions and hooks.

Of course, a detailed documentation of the functions is available on its website

WP Grid Builder for non-developers.

Aren’t you developers?

Nothing serious, Loïc thought of everything. You will be able to create your facets, grids and maps directly in the back-office and display your creations via short codes or Gutenberg blocks for the new editor.

Hello, Doctor? I’ve got a problem!

Who has never been in front of his website or that of an equipped customer does not do what we want”? That’s when the support of paid extensions comes into play… and with WP Grid Builder, as a French speaking person we are spoiled since Loïc lives in the south of France.

So he answers in French on our time zone… which brings a reactivity that is always appreciated!

Nothing beats examples!

As they say: A picture is worth 1000 words. I just replaced FacetWP on Thivinfo.com by WP Grid Builder.

Check out the result:

Have fun 🙂

Fighting GAFAM… it’s not easy.

State of play

Until recently, I was what you might call a pure Google product… visiting websites with Google Chrome, having several personal Gmail accounts and a GSuite for my pro mail. I also had synchronized drives… and an Android mobile! Anyway… he knew everything and I didn’t care… you know “I have nothing to hide…”

This has got to stop!

The summer of 2019 marked the beginning of a change of ideas! It’s only the fools… all this you see…

  1. I started boycotting Amazon… in favor of European or French e-commerce sites… when the American giant decided to defer the tax on French merchants using the platform…
  2. I wanted to decrease the use of Google products, starting with my personal and professional emails, in order to replace @gmail.com by personalized domains…

Let’s trust French products and startups!

Yeah! France has a startup that makes degoogling its hobbyhorse, I named mailo.com.

On Twitter, @hellomailo is very active on the evil that Google represents … I gave in to the sirens … especially since they have a family offer rather nice (on paper anyway).

What does the mail family offer consist of?

Basically, they offer to secure your children’s email accounts by filtering the correspondents through an approval of the address by the parent(s)…

Concretely, if a correspondent is not in your child’s address book, the email is directed to your Spams (already it’s starting to suck) for validation… if you validate… your child receives the email… ( but the address is not added to the address book => not very logical in my opinion )

If your child adds a contact in his address book, he will only be able to send him an email when you have validated the contact (that’s good… you should say that too!).

In short, not everything is ready but the offer is young and will be (I hope) improved.

So? What’s wrong with you?

Well, what doesn’t suit me is that the offer is young but a correct customer support (because I paid a subscription) should follow… and it doesn’t.

My kids sync their mail on Thunderbird. As the contacts have to be validated by myself, that they are then added to the online address book… they should be synchronizable via Carddav as my adult account… which is not the case… or I didn’t understand…

If you don’t understand… it’s not Mailo’s fault!

That’s true… but if I, a web professional, didn’t understand… what about Mrs. Michu?

And even so… I send emails to several addresses found on their site… no answers. I don’t miss an opportunity to challenge them on Twitter where they are active… and I don’t get any feedback…

How’s your professional e-mail coming?

To manage the @thivinfo.com emails, I was at G Suite (did you notice the time spent?) and I’m not at Mailo… seeing the little reaction on the private part, I thought it was not a good idea to entrust them with one of the most used means of communication in the professional world…

For my Pro mail, I trusted the Swiss host Infomaniak and its mail hosting offer for 1.5€/month. And I have to say that I am quite satisfied.

  • The service works well (Mail /contact / calendar synchronized on Thunderbird and Android smartphone).
  • support in case of questions is very responsive, reachable by mail, phone and instant chat depending on the time and day …

Courage… let’s run away

You’ll understand, I’m not going to make old bones at Mailo.com and certainly migrate everyone to Infomaniak.

Only downside, Infomaniak does not offer a filtering solution as Mailo offers for children …