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Simplechart and Shortcake, a delicious combo

You might have missed that my colleague Josh Kadis released a refactored version of Simplechart based on React/Redux. Sharing notes on how to set it up with Shortcake for maximum charty goodness!

Step 1: Install Shortcake as a plugin. Available in the Plugins Directory, or you can clone the repository.

Step 2. Install Simplechart as a plugin. Not yet in the directory, so you’ll need to visit the Github repository and either download or clone to your plugins directory. You’ll also need Automattic’s Media Explorer plugin, so run along now, and grab that too.

Step 3: Enable the plugins. Easy enough.

Step 4: Hook up Simplechart with Shortcake. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (thanks to the help of Shortcake’s dev plugin). Just download the file and place it in your plugins folder.

And here’s that chart…

[simplechart id=”3100″/]

Simplechart(s) inherit styling, and there are a bunch more customizations/settings your newsroom can use. It’s a light-weight way to create, store, and use interactive charts in daily content production. If you’d like to learn more about Simplechart, get in touch – you can always find a few of us hanging in the News Nerdery community on Slack.


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The past, present, and future of making the WordPress Editor work for editors

Presented originally in 2017 at WordCamp Baltimore and adapted for this weekend’s WordCamp Lancaster.


The people you meet at WordCamp

Last weekend I presented at WordCamp Lancaster and had a great time. When I did this last time, I wrote about driving route 30 (the historic Lincoln Highway), but this year I wanted to spotlight a few other attendees, as it’s the people that make WordCamp worth attending. And really, it’s the people that make WordPress and other open source communities so special.


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