Join the developers of digitaltrends.com (Richard Benjamin and Brandon Clark) as we share the trials and tribulations of refactoring one of the web’s largest WordPress sites.
Back in January we started a secret internal project humorously dubbed “Fluffy Bunny”. The goal was to overhaul digitaltrends.com and transform it into something modern that would free us from the chains of a legacy codebase. Six months later we unveiled the Digital Trends 2014 theme (AKA: The Unified Theme) which was a near complete end to end rewrite of not just the theme but also much of the core architecture of the site.
This will be a high level talk about our development process and thoughts on writing maintainable and modular code within the context of a major site refactor. We will touch on theme and plugin development, project organization, and a good amount of what we jokingly refer to as “code punditry”. Afterwards we will be available for extended questions and answers.