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
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?
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?
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
The folks over at AppSumo are having a contest, the prize for which is lifetime free hosting from WP Engine. I’ve had clients use WP Engine, and it seems to be pretty good. What distinguishes them from other managed WordPress hosting companies is the fact that you can actually get to your database. I don’t… Continue Reading What the heck is a lucky URL?
Page.ly has changed more than its hosting panel lately: they have a new policy on e-mail, which is to say, they no longer provide email service to their clients. This makes things considerably more confusing for the non-technical, so I’m providing a tutorial for my MediaBistro students and anyone else interested on how to get… Continue Reading Setting Up DNS and Email on Page.ly
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
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
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