Sometimes Less is More

Written: January 9, 2014

While networking at the Portland WordPress Meetup group I met a person that needed to migrate their old web site to a new Content Management System, so that they could update their own content without being a webmaster. I accepted the project and used WordPress as the CMS, then selected a theme called “Plain WP” because it most closely matched the simple look that they asked for.

To make the WordPress site look exactly like the old one, I made something called a Child Theme and modified a CSS file for:

This web site has a very simple look to it, which forces me to focus on the content, not the colors or layout.

Visit the live site here: www.kateertmann.com

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Seneca Facts

Written: January 1, 2014

I live in Tualatin and was shocked to learn that our City Council wanted to demolish the City Offices and build a new oneĀ in order to extend Seneca Street, even though there was nothing wrong with the existing building. Jan Giunta contacted me about creating a new web site for this cause, and I agreed to develop it pro-bono, because it is a worthy cause.

We decided to use WordPress as the Content Management System and hosted it for free at senecafacts.wordpress.com. I chose a theme called, “The Expound Theme” because it was responsive, making it work and look good on the desktop, tablet and phone.

The site has just six pages, and it’s packed with information and photos to help make its point.

In the right sidebar we added a photo gallery where the thumbnails can be clicked to start a photo gallery.

The Contact page uses a Form to send an email message without revealing the email address, something very handy to cut down on spam.

The total time to create this web site was under two hours, and I’ve been working with volunteers so that they can maintain the site as needed using just a web browser and WordPress. Maybe your cause deserves its own web site too.

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Animated Christmas Cards

Written: December 20, 2013

I have a web client that runs 13 businesses, and they’ve had me create animated Christmas cards for the past three years. The requirements are:

Here’s a snapshot of what the 2013 card looks like:

animated christmas card

 

 

Animations include:

For the technical readers, this animation uses jQuery effects.

To watch this animation click here, and enjoy.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you in 2014.

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Windows 8 on a Mac

Written: December 8, 2013

A few years ago I started using Windows 7 on my Mac with software called Parallels. This allowed my to run Internet Explorer and Quicken in Windows, on my MacBook Pro laptop, something very convenient because I didn’t want two separate computers in my office – one for Windows and one for Mac.

All went well until last week, when all of a sudden I was getting no audio on the Windows side, only the Mac side. Since I had just upgraded to Parallels Desktop for Mac version 9, I was entitled to 30 days of support. My first support phone call lasted 90 minutes and they couldn’t fix the audio issue. This morning I received a follow-up email from the folks at Parallels and they said that I should just upgrade to the latest version of Desktop 9 for Mac. Thankfully, this latest version 9.0.24172 fixed the audio bug and I can now listen to audio again.

Parallels 9

The hallmark of a successful company is to keep the customer happy and fix whatever is broken. Parallels did that for me.

An alternative to using Parallels is virtualization software called vmware. I chose Parallels over vmware because it looked easier to use and install.

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