Raena Jackson Armitage is an Australian web developer with a background in content management, public speaking, and training. When she is not thinking about the Web, she loves knitting, gaming, all-day breakfasts, and cycling.
Small Screens Come First: Build for 320 And Up
Raena Jackson Armitage has been thinking about mobile users and responsive web design, and has found an approach that is “head-smackingly simple”.
Roots—A HTML5 WordPress Theme Framework
Raena’s found another wicked WordPress framework. Let her show you the finer points of Roots.
How To Build a Speedy WordPress Sandbox VM
If you’re planning to break into the world of WordPress development, it makes sense to set up a dedicated development environment — and one of the best ways to do it is with a virtual machine. Raena Jackson Armitage takes a turn in the sandbox.
Wicked WordPress Theme Frameworks
In WordPress, as in life, reinventing the wheel is for suckers. If you’re going to create a theme, build it on a framework. Raena Jackson Armitage provides the guidelines you need.
No Stress RSS with the Google Feed API
You love JSON. It’s clean, efficient, and easy to work with. But when dealing with data from blogs or news sources, you’ll most likely have to deal with RSS. In this quick tutorial, Raena shows you how to use the Google Feed API to grab RSS feeds and use them right away as JSON objects.
Thinking Laterally: Build a Side-scrolling Site Layout with CSS & jQuery
Horizontally scrolling websites are definitely the exception in web design, but sometimes that’s what your site needs: to stand out from the crowd. Raena shows you how you can easily combine some simple CSS with a bit of jQuery sugar to build your own horizontal layout.
Mobile Sites vs. Media Queries
The technique of responsive web design using CSS media queries has been attracting a lot of attention lately. But as with any technique, it has a time and a place, and sometimes other tools are better suited for the job. Raena looks at the question of media-query based responsive design, and compares it with the traditional approach of building a dedicated mobile site.
Build an Awesome Image Gallery with jQuery, Modernizr, and CSS3
Beginner’s Guide to the Thematic Framework for WordPress
Raena, co-author of SitePoint’s Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes, shows how to boost your theme development efforts using the Thematic theme framework. It will save you heaps of tedious setup time, leaving you free to dive into the fun part of making your theme look great.
5 WordPress Frameworks to Jump-start Your Theme Designs
In recent years, WordPress theme frameworks have arrived on the scene in a big way. From commercial frameworks like Thesis and Genesis to free alternatives such as Thematic and Hybrid, frameworks aim to make your life as a theme designer easier and more satisfying. Raena, co-author of SitePoint’s Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes, breaks down some of the most popular frameworks, weighing up their pros and cons.