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 […]

F-Pattern Web Browsing

One of the few email subscriptions I participate in is The Nielsen Norman Group’s feed on interface usability, website design, and UX research. This week’s post was an interesting read, but further down the page I really like their suggestions on The Best Antidotes to the F-Shaped Pattern.  Some I already knew and the article […]

Lists

I have always liked lists over paragraphs of text in web design, but I have always struggled with capitalization, punctuation and detail level which should be included in the list and when to use an ordered list and an unordered list.  Someone from my past recommended something like “only use a ordered list when the person should […]

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. […]

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Westdale Homeowners Association

My parents’ homeowner’s association web site was being managed and maintained by one person in their neighborhood who was becoming unresponsive and the site needed an update.  So, being good parents, and after noticing that I maintained my neighborhood association web site, they asked if I would build one for them.  They gave my name […]

Marketing and Psychology

With my new position as an IT Manager I have gotten more involved in psychology and how people behave in person as well as online.  So this article on Priming and User Interfaces caught my attention because it exposed several concepts which I never thought of, how images and text can influence people. It also […]

Monterey Bay Student Services

An acquaintance wanted to have a web site specifically for a bit of marketing and allowing online form submission.  I created this site for him using WordPress, a theme he selected and the Contact Form 7 plugin.  Unfortunately the images he provided were not super high resolution, but he was happy with the result.

Activities not just lecture

From my experience teaching introduction to computers class at the local CSU and Junior Colleges, lectures put students to sleep, no matter how animated you are.  They need to be actively thinking and doing something to stay awake and learn something.  There is a lot of research out there to confirm this, but here is […]