Photographers United

Written: February 1, 2014

Several years ago I developed a web site for the Portland Metropolitan Photographer’s Association (PMPA), at first using a custom Content Management System (CMS), then a few years ago I migrated it to the WordPress platform. Using WordPress means that the volunteers that run the association can login and update the site, manage the membership, send out email, count up merit points, schedule events, blog, etc. There’s another photography association in town called the Professional Photographers of Oregon (PPO), and they recently decided to merge with the PMPA.

Now the challenge was to import all of the membership information from PPO into the PMPA system automatically, so that there wouldn’t be any manual re-typing. I just finished up the work today, and now the united photography association has a single place where the public can visit to find a professional photographer; and the members can network, find events, update their profile, send out email, and add up their merit points which lead to an official title in photography as recognized by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Using an online approach to membership management saves the volunteers hours of work, and lets them concentrate on improving their craft through education and networking.


Non-profit site developed pro-bono

Written: January 27, 2014

Every year I meet interesting people that volunteer their time, talent and energy for  worthy causes. Such was the case with Austin Burres and Cassie Eichenberger. Their cause is called: A Village For One. They are a Portland based not-for-profit organization developed to serve children who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation. An astounding number of youth in the Portland and surrounding areas have experienced this global crime against children.

We first met at a Tualatin Chamber of Commercing networking event back in October, so I followed up with her and offered to remodel their web site, and migrate them from a hand-coded site to a Content Management Site using WordPress. Now they can update their own website by just using a web browser.


We added several features to this site to make it relevant for their audience:

The banner of their site uses a special logo that they had designed earlier, and then the menu colors were selected to complement the logo.

We just had a WordPress training session today, so Cassie and Austin are all geared up to spread their message of hope, healing and change to our hurting community.

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Apple and Flash

Written: January 25, 2014

You may know by now that Apple and Adobe don’t play well together, and some say that it stems from Steve Jobs disliking management at Adobe. Whatever the reason the end result is that the interactive technology called Flash does not run on iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch devices. Flash however does run on the desktop for Apple OS X, and so today I upgraded to the latest, greatest Flash version on my MacBook Pro 17″ laptop. Here are the easy steps to upgrade:


The web used to have Flash for showing slideshows, however a non-Flash technology called jQuery has taken over that role mostly because it’s free and it works on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices as well.

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Great prizes in the Portland Badge 2014 Contest!

Written: January 16, 2014

My friend Michael Carlson runs the Portland Badge Company and has done fine work in creating banners for me in the past. He is running a contest to give away a Kindle Fire HD tablet as top prize, so I wanted to share this contest with my readers today. The contest runs through January 20th, so you have just four more days to enter. Click the link below to get even more details.

Great prizes in the Portland Badge 2014 Contest!.

Kindle Fire HD


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