How to Use Genesis eNews Extended with Constant Contact

Genesis eNews Extended widget on Generate Pro theme

The more I have to work with Constant Contact, the less I like it, but it’s the email service provider of choice for many of my clients. This post shows you how to set up the Genesis eNews Widget Extended to work with Constant Contact. Continue Reading How to Use Genesis eNews Extended with Constant Contact

Have We Been Misleading People about WordPress?

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Everywhere you turn, it seems there’s another WordPress product promising to give you the ability to create visually stunning websites almost instantaneously—without knowing code. The astonishing thing is how few people seem to question the implied semantic equivalence between “without knowing code” and “without knowing anything.” Continue Reading Have We Been Misleading People about WordPress?

How Long Does It Take to Get Good at WordPress?

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During the final discussion section of my most recent MediaBistro WordPress class (October-November 2012), one of my students unintentionally asked me a trick question: “How long did it take you to get good at WordPress?” My first thought, honestly, was “Wait–am I good at WordPress?” Then I realized that she probably didn’t mean Andrew Nacin good, and might even mean “How long did it take not to be a hopeless n00b?” So I asked her to define “good.” Continue Reading How Long Does It Take to Get Good at WordPress?

Checking and Repairing Your WordPress Database

Database check and repair tools in cPanel

A week or so ago now (time gets away from me in the most appalling fashion) I was about to post something on my personal blog when I encountered an unexpected problem. I got an “Error establishing database connection” message. Say what? This frequently means there’s something wrong in your wp-config.php file, or maybe your… Continue Reading Checking and Repairing Your WordPress Database

How to Import Joomla Content Using the WP Importer Plugin

For my sins (I learned this phrase from my dissertation advisor back when I was in graduate school), I am on the board of the Bay Area Consultants Network. Actually, I love BACN and have missed possibly 5 meetings since I started going in July 2003; if you are a consultant, coach, or other solo… Continue Reading How to Import Joomla Content Using the WP Importer Plugin

How to Mobilize Your Genesis Theme in Less Than an Hour

I love the Genesis Theme Framework (not an affiliate link) by StudioPress. Sometimes I love to hate it, because I have to figure out how to do something in Genesis that I already know how to do in, say Twenty Eleven or any other “standard” WordPress theme, but it’s worth figuring out the idiosyncrasies. Using… Continue Reading How to Mobilize Your Genesis Theme in Less Than an Hour

The Obvious Argument in Favor of Responsive Design

Compared to designing a whole new mobile site, installing a mobile WordPress plugin is simple, and it did a good enough job for most sites and most phones…in 2008. Actually, for basic blogs, the standard mobile themes that come with plugins like WP Mobile Detector or Wapple Architect still do a perfectly good job, though they… Continue Reading The Obvious Argument in Favor of Responsive Design

Video Tutorial: Adding a (Dynamic) Widget

The text widget is one of the worst-named and most overlooked features in WordPress. It’s not just for text, but for images and HTML code or JavaScript. (Advanced text widgets even let you include PHP.) Easily add e-mail sign-up forms, linked images, and anything else to your WordPress sidebar just by pasting the code into… Continue Reading Video Tutorial: Adding a (Dynamic) Widget