WordPress Customization

Tonight I attended my first WordPress Meetup which was pretty cool.  I didn’t learn a lot but came away with a few interesting tidbits which I didn’t know before: Even if a wordpress site has a different permalink scheme, any post (or page) or category can be accessed using the ID.  p=id for pages and […]

Web Builders

Everyone is coming out with their own web builders, and Microsoft is no exception.  A while ago I discovered Microsoft Sway which is similar to Adobe Spark and other systems.  After designing a few web pages for people I realize the issues these types of tools are faced with. They are proprietary systems; They create beautiful […]

Authoritative Data Source

Authoritative data source (also referred to as System of Record) is an interesting concept I learned about a while ago and began using immediately.   It’s the idea that any piece if data (a person’s name, email address, phone number, etc.) ideally should be stored in only one place, and if it needs to be […]

User-Centric Design

Getting web site owners to look at their content from other people’s perspective is probably the most difficult part of web design, but most important to having an effective web site. The Neilson Normal Group is a big proponent of this idea and offers many suggestions on how to do this. They have defined a […]

Print (and Export) Friendly Web Page Tool

I was working with someone who wanted to export some wordpress articles from a site I was working on. One of the developers found a wordpress plugin which did just that. But after following up with the requester I found that the creator of the plugin also offers that service from an external web page. […]

Nonviolent Communication

A philosophy I’ve always held has been validated:  If someone is mean to me I assume they are the one with the issue, not me, and I try to feel sorry for them instead of being angry.  The validation came from the Nonviolent Communication organization.