british post boxes

Pull an RSS Feed of Posts – with Images – to Display on Another Site

A client of mine asked me recently to build a standalone website for a conference/tradeshow they’d be displaying at, and one of the requirements in the spec was to pull posts from their main site (I’ll call it “source”) and display them in a rotating carousel on the new site (aka “target”). Each post had…
Where to Find Photos

WordPress and Photos: Where and How?

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…

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…

Pixels and Cropping and Scaling. Oh My.

It’s been a long time coming – at long last, here are my notes from our Meetup on September 4, 2017. You may also remember this as “the Meetup we had to sit outside for because it was Labor Day and the restaurant was closed.” I covered photo-related topics that day: where to source stock…
old school videotapes

More Control over Embedded YouTube Videos

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…
old timey microphone

Adding Audio to Google Slides

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…

How do I know my WordPress website has been hacked?

3 Danger Signs Your WordPress Website Has Been Hacked Far too often, people ask this question when it is too late. Hackers have already injected your website with ugly mischievous code. Unfortunately, this situation occurs terribly often, but most sites can be restored. These following danger signs will definitely be an unexpected surprise, and should…

Making your Website Login More Secure

Want to add more security to your website login? Want to only allow those you want to enter your website? Adding in 2-Factor Authentication will drastically help to make your website more secure. Two Factor Authentication (often shortened to 2FA) is a basic process to give you access to enter and edit your own website. In…

Why Should Small Businesses Use WordPress to Build their Websites?

These days there are plenty of options for building websites. A lot of web hosts have “site builders” that have basic, if not outright rudimentary tools to use. Freemium tools like Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace offer more advanced tools and may work for your needs initially, but you’ll likely find yourself trapped inside their walled…

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:…