Category: Web Development

Handy Web Design Resources For The Non-Designer

Handy Web Design Resources For The Non-DesignerI consider myself creatively impaired when it comes to visual design. I know generally what I like and what I think works, but I’m not good at actually creating it from scratch. I leave that type of stuff to the…

Planning Your Website Effectively- WordPress Is A Tool Not A Strategy

Planning Your Website Effectively- WordPress Is A Tool Not A StrategyOne of the reasons why WordPress is so awesome is because it makes building powerful websites pretty easy. Pick a theme, add some content, hit Publish and there you have it. Lack of technical know-how is no longer a barrier,…

6 Common WordPress “Gotchas” To Avoid

6 Common WordPress “Gotchas” To AvoidI teach people on a daily basis how to use WordPress, from the ground up. A few face-smackingly simple issues come up time and again. 1) Pasting from Word will make your posts look funky Anytime you copy and paste…

Creating Password Protected Pages and Areas in WordPress

Creating Password Protected Pages and Areas in WordPressI had a client recently who needed to create private, password-protected sections on her WordPress site. She wanted each of her clients to have a private page with information related to what they were working on together. Easy! Password-protection is…

WordPress Widget To Display A Twitter Hashtag

WordPress Widget To Display A Twitter HashtagNeed a Twitter plugin that does a little more than simply display your own Tweets in the sidebar? Tweet Blender does a ton of stuff: Tweet Blender is tag-aware and has support for multiple authors, lists, hashtags, and keywords all…

Easy Ways To Create Columns, Grids and Cool Layouts in Your WordPress Post

Easy Ways To Create Columns, Grids and Cool Layouts in Your WordPress PostLAST UPDATED: August 2016 Have you had one of these fights with the WordPress post editor? Have you tried creating neatly aligned rows and columns of images? Or perhaps attempted to place 2 videos next to each other? Such tasks…

Do You Want To Make Money From Your Blog?

Do You Want To Make Money From Your Blog?Ah, I thought that might get your attention….. Yes, what blogger does NOT want to make money from their hard work? Oh what’s that? You’re independently wealthy and just doing this for kicks n’ giggles? That’s nice for you. Now…

How To Change Colors of Comment Text, Number, Brackets and Backgrounds in Thesis

The other day a friend asked me about styling the various parts of the Thesis comments display and when trusty Google didn’t come up with a fast answer, I was forced to delve into some CSS with the aid of…

The Huge Importance of Tiny First and Next Steps

The Huge Importance of Tiny First and Next StepsThe first step in any new project is often the hardest. At the beginning, the idea exists only in your mind with no tangible manifestations of it, and therefore no “proof” that it can be achieved. Our human nature is…

WordPress Security Alert – TimThumb Image Resizing Script

WordPress Security Alert – TimThumb Image Resizing ScriptIn recent days a significant WordPress security threat has emerged. The root of it is the ability for unsavory types to compromise a very common image resizing script called TimThumb which is used in many WordPress themes and plugins. Through…

Treat Your Blog Like A Business – Slides From San Diego WordCamp

Treat Your Blog Like A Business – Slides From San Diego WordCampBelow are the slides from my San Diego WordCamp talk on “Treat Your Blog Like A Business”. I discussed a few common monetization strategies, and the ins n’s outs of each. My overall premise is that in most cases, monetization…

WordCamp San Diego Wrap-Up – Community Rocks!

WordCamp San Diego Wrap-Up – Community Rocks!This past weekend I had the pleasure of speaking at the first ever WordCamp in San Diego. It was an amazing experience for many reasons. I delivered a presentation entitled “Treat Your Blog Like A Business: Which Monetization Strategy Is…

WordPress Training – Intermediate Class – The Next Steps – July 23rd

WordPress Training – Intermediate Class – The Next Steps – July 23rdWordPress – The Next Steps – Intermediate Level Class Saturday July 23rd, 1:30pm – 4:30pm @ Blankspaces 5405 Wilshire Blvd (2 blocks west of La Brea) Los Angeles, CA 90036 free parking is available – see Blankspaces website for details. You…

Learn A Step-By-Step Approach to Search Engine Optimization – Class – July 14th

Learn A Step-By-Step Approach to Search Engine Optimization – Class – July 14thStep-By-Step Search Engine Optimization For Your Blog/Website Thursday July 14th, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, $40 @ Blankspaces 5405 Wilshire Blvd (2 blocks west of La Brea) Los Angeles, CA 90036 free parking is available – see Blankspaces website for details. You’ve set…