Our WordPress development workflow and how can we all work from home

Our WordPress development workflow and how can we all work from home

It’s already been a year since we have transformed from a “normal” office based company into a remote team of developers, designers and supporters. How did we manage to keep working on our themes without any single issue?

The answer is: good project management software and discipline.

Project management software

Main core of our team has been with us since 2008, that’s almost 13 years. We started using project management software right from the beginning. Each project management solution has it’s advantages but also flaws. It all depends on you what works the best for you.

We have been using the Redmine system for over a decade now and cannot be happier. It is very customizable, universal and works great on mobile. We use Redmine for everything that we do. Designing layouts, developing new features, resolving bugs and writing content to our website. It’s a great piece of software, if you don’t know it, give it a try.

We do not use emails for any communication, we use project management software for everything. Even for announcing holidays or beer meetings.

Theme updates process

Those of you who are with us for a long time know that we release updates every week. We use project management software to plan theme or plugin versions and assign individual tasks to these versions. We use standard 3 number codes x.y.z. Increase of X means a very big update, Y means new features and Z is a minor bug fix of the actual version.

Each new feature or bug fix is tested and double checked by a different person. For example if Ivo makes a new feature, Patrik and/or DDJ will test it after him. Wednesday is a dedicated test day for us. We still have plenty of time to fix in case of an issue. Updates must be ready by Thursday night. There are cases when we need to postpone updates to Friday, but these cases are pretty rare.

Every team member has to be familiar with all processes. Everybody needs to roughly know what others are doing.

Designing new layouts

We treat layouts like real websites. We do our research on what this individual business will need. Designer draws sketches in Photoshop or Affinity Designer, and uploads them to Project management software for review. If we’re happy with it, we can start building an online layout website. 

Each layout usually needs new features to be added to Citadela theme or plugins. Design team communicates with developers with their requirements. Everything goes through project management software.

Layout usually takes about 4 weeks to be completed. It really depends on how complex it is and how many new features it requires. It’s like making a real website.

What’s your website development workflow guys? Let us know in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “Our WordPress development workflow and how can we all work from home

  1. Hey Martin,

    nice article! And thanks for creating this nice layouts. I never understood Gutenberg 😀 But now, when I examine your layouts in the Gutenberg editor I understand the way it wokrs.
    Maybe you can add some more cusomization to the navigation.

    Thanks!
    Denis

    1. Hello Denis,

      Thanks for your interesting idea. We’ll defintelly consider it how to implement.

      Best regards!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

  2. Hello this is somewhat of off topic but
    I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.

    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding experience so I wanted to
    get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

    1. Hello there,

      Thanks for being interested in our products.
      Our WordPress based products (themes, plugins) can be divided into two groups – the older one work with classic wordpress wysiwyg editor, the newest one (Citadela group pack) uses gutenberg editor. Documentation can be found at: https://www.ait-themes.club/ait-themes-documentation/
      Moreover, after purchase you can contact our support team at https://system.ait-themes.club/support/add-question.
      Our technicians are ready to answer you most efficiently even as quickly as possible when you decide a priority question (obviously within a few working hours). Customer Support is provided during working days from 8am to 5pm Central European Time.

      Kind regards!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

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