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WordCamp CT

worldcamp-imagetempI just recently attended the WordPress WordCamp CT in Stamford CT and had a wonderful time.

It was the first WordCamp in CT and was spearheaded by Clinton Warren, who owns his own freelance (Stacked Agency) and education business (Illuminate WP). Met lots of great people and sat in on some great presentations and will definitely be back next year.

Here are some of the presentations that were given:

Akilah Thompkins: Integrating Social Media with WordPress
Alex Miranda: Optimizing Your WordPress Website
Brian Casel: How to Use Email to Grow Your Audience
Doug Yuen: Optimizing WordPress Performance
Jake Goldman: Leveraging WordPress’s HTML5 Media Player
Laura Hartwig: Theme Customization using Firebug & Basic CSS
Meeky Hwang: WordPress VIP Best Practices
Sam Hotchkiss: WordPress Security
Thomas Morel: Introduction to Plugin Development
Ulrike Gencarelle: The Professional Design Process


WordPress Accessibiltiy

website-accessibilityThere are several reasons why your WordPress site (or any website) should be accessible.

The more people that can access your site, the better. An accessible site is great for search engine optimatization and some accessibility measures just make websites easier to use for everyone.

Building an accessible WordPress site does not have to be difficult, but many are not sure where to begin. Read more ›


WordPress Tip: Styling for Specific Page

An easy way to have styling for unique Pages is via CSS on the unique page id that is generated for every Page in WordPress:

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Reference: http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/body_class


Using WordPress Child Themes

Any WordPress theme can act as a parent theme.

If you’re using a third-party theme, and want to tweak it for your own project, it’s a much better practice to use a child theme than to hack the main theme, which exposes you to the risk of losing your changes when you update the theme to future versions.

To create a child theme, create a new theme, and at the beginning of its style sheet, add:

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Creating a WordPress Multisite

With WordPress multisite, you can essentially build your own blog network, similar to WordPress.com or Tumblr. Multisite is an integrated part of the WordPress core. That means you won’t have to download anything other than the official WordPress package to get set up.

Configuring the WordPress multisite feature

First you need to install for a single site, then after that install is done, you will edit wp-config.php to enable multisite. Also make sure all plugins are disabled.

Open up wp-config.php and add this line above where it says /* That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */. If it doesn’t say that anywhere, then add the line somewhere above the first line that begins with require or include:

After making those changes to wp-config.php, save the file and upload it back to your server. Read more ›


Learning WordPress Intro Class


wordpress_introA self-study class ($25) enabling students to learn at their own pace includes six lessons guiding you step-by-step through all of the basic aspects of WordPress development.

This introduction WordPress class will teach students how to setup a WordPress from installation, administration, customizing with plugins and themes and understanding how to optimize with SEO techniques. Read more ›


WordPress Tip: Web Analytics

If you want your blog’s audience to grow, you need to do more than publish great content, network, and build relationships. You also need to keep track of what is and what isn’t working on your blog.

In other words, by analyzing traffic trends and the behavior of the users when they visit your blog, you can create more of the content they want, continually meet their expectations, and build your audience.

Most web analytics tools offer similar types of data for you to track. In fact, when you create a new account with a web analytics tool, you’ll be bombarded with links, tabs, and data overflowing with terminology you may not be familiar with. Read more ›


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