Posts by Dave Kuhar

Playing with Blocks: the Gutenberg Editor Explained

For our January 2019 meetup, I presented the new Block Editor in WordPress 5, also known as ‘Gutenberg’ in homage to that printing press guy you may have heard of. Below you’ll see the slides from the presentation. As soon as it’s available, I’ll post the video we recorded during the meeting. The slides, narrated…

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WordPress and Photos: Where and How?

Where to Find Photos

Here’s part two of my notes from our Meetup on September 4, 2017.  I covered photo-related topics that day: where to source stock photos; how to prep them for upload and managing image sizes; and compression, which I’ll cover in a future post. Where to Find Photos First of all, it’s important to remember that…

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WP-Config tricks

At our Meetup on 3/5/18, I covered a few of the tweaks you can make to your wp-config.php file. This is a little more advanced than many of the topics we’ve had at our Meetup lately, but these tips can come in handy if you find yourself in need of them. wp-config.php or, how to…

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More Control over Embedded YouTube Videos

old school videotapes

Dropping a YouTube video into WordPress couldn’t be easier: just copy the URL from YouTube, paste it into the post, and WordPress takes care of the rest, wrapping it up in an HTML5 video player. Easy peasy. Like this clip of Rodney Dangerfield on Carson in 1979. Oh, the things you find on YouTube. Above: I just…

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Adding Audio to Google Slides

old timey microphone

You may ask yourself “why write about Google Slides on a website about WordPress,” and who can blame you?(1)You may also ask yourself “well, how did I get here?” If you’re David Byrne, that is. I have two reasons – first, my nephew asked me how to do this for a school assignment he’s working on…

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Media Attachment Pages. Who needs ’em, right?

One of the oddities of WordPress is that just about everything is a post. Posts are posts. Pages are posts. The menu is a type of post. You can create any number of Custom Post Type (I’ve made CPTs for people, recipes, rental items, sponsors, clients, &c). And one that can drive you a bit batty:…

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WordPress Terminology

kid shouting into microphone

As presented at the SJWP Meetup on June 5, 2017: WordPress Terminology: What’s a permalink? and other burning questions. Base Level WordPress Terminology Database: All your content lives here, hidden in the dark recesses of a web server. Your database consists of, at minimum, the 11 core tables that are required for a WordPress site. Database table: think of…

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Gravity Forms Placeholder Text is Too Light

I feel your frustration. You’re trying to streamline your forms a bit by using placeholder text inside the fields instead of having the labels hanging outside, taking up all kinds of space. But you just can’t figure out how to override that light grey text that’s all but impossible to read. With a small bit…

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