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Striking the Right Balance on Content: A Conversation with Chris Coyier

In many cases, the business side and the engineering side of content seem to be working at odds with each other. Developers want tools for content that are flexible and easy to integrate with their preferred tools while the business users want the ease of editing, previewing and publishing, without needing developer intervention.

Over the course of his career, Chris Coyier has been on both sides of the issue, having built a business focused on publishing content while also being a developer working on the code. In this discussion, we’ll chat about some of the challenges in choosing the right tools for handling content, how to balance the needs of the business users and the needs of developers, and hear about his experiences with full-stack solutions like Wordpress to fully composable “Jamstack” solutions.

Chris is a web designer and developer that tries to help other people get better at those things. He’s also the co-founder of CodePen, a social development environment for web designers and developers.

Chris has co-hosted a podcast called ShopTalk, a show about building websites, for over 10 years and 500 episodes. He also built CSS-Tricks, a website all about building websites, and ran it for 15 years, from 2007 to 2022, before selling it to DigitalOcean.

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