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


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:

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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 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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