May 8, 2016

WordCamp Sunshine Coast 2016

By James Bundey

I recently had the pleasure of presenting at WordCamp Sunshine Coast. The presentation was based on utilising a javascript task runner in WordPress theme development.

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1. Time’s Important Let Task Management Save Yours WordCamp Sunshine Coast James Bundey
2. A bit about me Studied marketing and have 19+ years in marketing roles from development to management and consultancy Started Creative Approach a small digital marketing agency in Melbourne in 2009 We offer a wide range of services including developing custom WordPress websites I’ve worked with WordPress for around 6 years
3. So what is task management? or more accurately what is a task runner
4. At it’s core it’s simply utilising a JavaScript based task runner to automate the process of repetitive and mundane tasks. Importantly it provides speed not just in development workflow, but also in performance.
5. Who’s it for? Anyone….well almost anyone It’s easy to get started you don’t need to be a JS genius You can use a task runner for any number of things You could use one to automate the generation of a complete WordPress installation We typically use them to as part of our workflow developing custom WordPress themes
6. However…. You’re going to have to open the command line
7. Why? Speed and simplicity was a big draw but, We found it forced us to honour our workflow and standardise Improved our file management & version control Software/platform agnostic
8. Most Importantly Prevented cowboy coding
9. Lets Choose The two most common http://gulpjs.comhttp://gruntjs.com
10. Grunt vs Gulp Both are powered by Node, and their ‘npm’ package system and utilise a package.json file. Grunt focuses on sequential configuration whereas Gulp focusses on pipelines Grunt is the more mature with more plugins Gulp is faster due to the way it manages tasks Really it comes down to whatever works for you “I found Grunt much easier at the introductory level, but use Gulp for development now”
11. @jamesbundey
12. @jamesbundey
13. Let’s get started Step 1 Download and install Node – https://nodejs.org Step 2 Install a task runner (we’re going to use Gulp as our example) npm install –global gulp-cli or, if that fails sudo npm install –global gulp-cli
14. Now the WordPress bit To use the task runner within your theme you need to create two files package.json This file will define the details of your project and also the grunt/gulp modules that you will install later as dependencies of it. Gulpfile.js This file will load our Gulp plugins and define and configure the tasks we need.
15. package.json
16. Firstly, install the latest version of either Gulp npm install –save-dev gulp
17. Lets add some plugins You can find a whole suite of plugins from either http://gulpjs.com or www.npmjs.com/ For theme development we typically need; SASS compiling and CSS minification JS linting, concat, ugilfy Image minification and preparation SFTP/FTP deployment a watch task that’s going to fire the task runner every time we change save our theme (watch is a default task in Gulp, but not in Grunt)
18. Again, install in the command line npm install gulp-sass –save-dev
19. Some plugins I’m using gulp-sass
 gulp-concat
 gulp-jshint
 gulp-uglify
 gulp-plumber
 gulp-sourcemaps
 gulp-util
 vinyl-ftp
 gulp-imagemin
 Browsersync https://www.npmjs.com/package/gulp-sass/
 https://www.npmjs.com/package/gulp-concat/
 https://www.npmjs.com/package/gulp-jshint/
 https://www.npmjs.com/package/gulp-uglify/
 https://www.npmjs.com/package/gulp-plumber/
 https://www.npmjs.com/package/gulp-sourcemaps
 https://www.npmjs.com/package/gulp-util/
 https://www.npmjs.com/package/vinyl-ftp/
 https://www.npmjs.com/package/imagemin/
 https://www.browsersync.io/docs/gulp/ Plugin pages come with usage code examples
20. Expect to see something like this in your package.json file The plugins are saved as devDependencies because they are only needed for development purposes, not to actually run anything.
21. and this in your theme folder Importantly, remember to ignore it in git. The plugins shown here amount to 126.7mb of space and 23,526 files. It will kill your repo if you commit it by mistake.
22. Get configuring Modules are great, but without a Gulpfile.js to run the tasks they’re doing nothing. Step 1 – Add the modules
23. Add some tasks
24. Run it Add the task sequence to the bottom of the Gulpfile.js Run Gulp in the command line cd path-to-your-theme gulp
25. What success (hopefully) looks like
26. Some other reasons No need to include js libraries within your theme and a great way to integrate package management.
27. Automatic browser reloading
28. Great for ongoing updates via deployment
29. Running individual tasks is easy cd path-to-your-theme gulp task_name Simple to share & install once completed cd path-to-your-theme npm install
30. Useful Links https://markgoodyear.com/2014/01/getting-started-with-gulp/ http://torquemag.io/2015/01/using-grunt-automate-redundant- tasks-wordpress-development/ https://scotch.io/tutorials/automate-your-tasks-easily-with-gulp-js http://archetyped.com/know/grunt-for-wordpress-plugins/
31. Thank You Any Questions? @jamesbundey



About the author

James has been developing marketing and digital strategies for B2B companies and professional service firms for over 15 years. Having developed strategies and solutions for companies across Europe, America, Asia and Australia, James enjoys helping businesses get their marketing on track by implementing simple and realistic strategies.

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