WordCamp Hamilton Best Practices

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WordCamp’s are distilled lessons in WordPress best practices and developing trends. For the WordCamp Hamilton organizers it is a challenging task to strike a delicate  balance between Beginner/Intermediate oriented tutorials versus Advanced State of  the WP Art Surveys and  bleeding edge developments. WordCamp Hamilton did very well in making these tough choices. Here is a breakout of what was available…

Web Sliders Bad Rap

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The Web Design community has slid strongly against use of Sliders and Carousels in the last 2-3  years. Some of these articles read like those television commercials promoting the latest wonder drugs – but in reverse. Sliders and carousels will lead to Blatant Banner Blindness, Acute Animation Anxiety and certainly poopingly bad conversion rates  if  not Stinking,…

Image Protection in WordPress

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As a Web Developer the most frequent complaint I get from prospective clients is that their images, media and even layout plus contents are so easy to steal on the Web. But partially that is inherent in the way the Web works –  Web browsers are designed to display media and content as quickly as possible. Putting in…

WP Plugin: Easy Google Fonts

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One of the features I have been waiting for in the WordPress Customize command for Theme management is a Typography menuitem. This menuitem would at least allow users to set the Font Family, Color, Font-size and Font Weight for the default web fonts as used in a theme. Better would be if the Typography command included…

WP Plugin: Aviary Photo Editor

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Original Image First Aviary Edit 2nd Aviary Edit Two of the most desirable tools for operating a website are good photo and video editors. And this developer keeps 2 or 3 of each handy. But speaking frankly, the need for a good photo editor is more valued because like most users, 70% of my clients content…

Controlling Revisions

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One of the advantages of WordPress is its Revisions capability which takes a snapshot of your database every time you or WordPress save a Page, Post or other post type. This allows you to backtrack one or several steps in correcting a Page/Post if a modification that has gone awry . You can go back and completely…

Facebook on WordPress

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Looking for a Facebook plugin for WordPress I found the following list of 15 best WordPress-Facebook apps. And right at the top was the official Facebook for WordPress plugin which appeared to fit the bill. So I downloaded the plugin immediately and installed it. Wrong move. Just the previous weekend, at a free lecture on…