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


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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