Written: February 25, 2014
WordPress is my favorite content management system for developing web sites and I discovered it in 2008 after a friend from the American Marketing Association recommended it to me. Prior to that I had written my own content management system and installed it at a handful of businesses. Once I saw how WordPress had separated content from the look of a site, and how I could customize and extend the looks or features to do anything, then it really convinced me that this CMS was the one to specialize in.
Today when you hear that someone “knows WordPress”, you really should stop and think for a minute, because there are no regulatory bodies or associations out there to say that you are “WordPress certified”. That prompted me to think about a list of questions to ask your WordPress expert, just to find out how much they really know about WordPress:
The vast majority of people that use WordPress are content to update pages or posts, and on occasion click the Update link when there are new versions for their plugin, theme or WordPress. Using WordPress and developing or designing for WordPress are very different tasks, so ask a few questions of your WordPress expert to see if they are a good fit for your next web project.Tags: WordPress
Written: February 20, 2014
I recommended that we continue using WordPress, because it is the number one Content Management System (CMS) in the world, is Open Source, has been around for 10 years, and is easy to use and learn. With that in place, I set about to migrate all of that Joomla blog info into WordPress, and in a few minutes I located a free plugin to do all of that work for me.
That plugin allowed me to import hundreds of Joomla blogs into WordPress, very nice. Next, I looked for a responsive theme that would work well on the desktop, tablet and mobile devices. I found a theme called Expound and added a custom logo.
The logo in the Header area is a real bookshelf that showcases all of Peg’s work so far.
I knew that we wanted each page to have one, two or three columns, so I found a handy plugin that supported multiple columns. Now her new Home page uses three columns.
Two of her pages make use of photo galleries, so I used the handy JetPack plugin to add this visual feature.
On the Contact page I needed a form, so my favored plugin called Contact Form 7 was used.
I created a 25 page Web User Guide so that Peg would understand how to update her own web site, then we followed up by phone yesterday to review each page of the Web User Guide while I remotely controlled her desktop using TeamViewer. Now Peg is more comfortable with keeping her own web site updated.
Written: February 9, 2014
Last week I read glowing news about this new App from Facebook called Paper that was somehow supposed to change my life for the better. Time newspaper called Paper, “The Future of Facebook”. Here’s what Paper looks like on an iPhone:
So Paper has a vertical orientation and lets you scroll through Facebook news in the bottom half by swiping left or right. On the top are major news categories that you can scroll through, which then changes the articles that show in the bottom half. Facebook has pre-defined news categories for you to choose from, however you cannot add your own personal categories which is a huge limitation for me.
Being curious, I downloaded the app to my iPad3 and was instantly shocked that this app only works in the vertical orientation, not at all in the landscape orientation which I use my iPad for 100% of the time. So Paper is worthless to me on the iPad, end of story, epic design fail for Facebook:
It’s really difficult for me to imagine an App being released in 2014 by a major technology company that is limited to vertical orientation only.
A Trademark lawsuit has already been filed by FiftyThree against Facebook for using the name “Paper”. Not only did Facebook fail on the app orientation, they lacked enough creativity in naming the crippled app.Tags: Facebook
Written: February 6, 2014
My social media and real friend Kevin Ferrasci O’Malley sent me an email this morning about this cloud storage company called Box, so I gave it a try on my iPad by downloading their special free App. Sure enough, I now have a new account all setup with 50GB of free cloud storage.
The concept reminds me of what I already use for cloud storage with:
Here’s the promotional link to get your 50GB of free cloud storage for iPad or iPhone devices.
Long live free cloud storage.
I think that companies like Box will make money when we all get hooked on the storage concept, and then go over our 50GB limit and start to pay a monthly fee. So far, I’m quite happy with my multiple free storage accounts.Tags: cloud storage