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April 15, 2014

WordPress Is The Perfect Platform For Podcasting

Podcasting is undergoing something of a renaissance. It’s always been popular among a certain demographic, but in the last couple of years, podcasting has gained mainstream acceptance. The number of high-quality podcasts has grown. Traditional media outlets have jumped on the podcasting bandwagon. Skype and Google Hangouts have made creating video and audio podcasts with […]

April 04, 2014

TLS 1.2 and openssl 1.0.1e Frequently Asked Questions

As we’ve upgraded a lot of our servers to openssl 1.0.1e we’ve seen a handful of problems with APIs or payment gateways. The companies whose API is being used say they don’t support openssl 1.0.1e and/or TLSv1.2 is not support and the server will have to use TLSv1.0. There seems to be a lot of […]

March 25, 2014

Do We Still Need RSS Feeds On WordPress?

Do you use RSS to read content on sites you are interested in? In 2014, it might be more pertinent to ask if you know what an RSS feed is. RSS use has declined enormously over the years. It wasn’t widely used in the first place and is now even less popular. WordPress produces a […]

February 28, 2014

Aesop Gives WordPress A Medium-Like Makeover

I’m beginning to think that WordPress developers have a case of Medium envy. Every other new theme seems to take significant design cues from the blogging platform. In many ways, that a good thing. As I’ve argued before, using a platform like Medium for publishing takes control away from the writer and puts it in […]

February 26, 2014

Moving A Blog From Blogger To WordPress

Many bloggers start out with an urge to write and publish without any clear idea of their options when it comes to content management systems. They choose a platform like Blogger, which is Google’s blog platform, and it works fine for them — for a while at least. After some time they frequently find themselves […]

February 19, 2014

Write Your WordPress Posts In Evernote With Sentinote

Sentinote is a WordPress plugin that allows Evernote users to write and publish their posts and pages from within Evernote. If your writing workflows are anything like mine, you make extensive use of Evernote. It’s by far the best tool I’ve found for collecting and organizing my notes, images, links, web pages, and other research […]

February 14, 2014

Increase Engagement On Your WordPress Site With Email Newsletters

Once upon a time, the email newsletter was an essential part of any blog. Now we have many different ways of being notified of new content, particularly social networks like Twitter. But, some still prefer to have content delivered to their inbox rather than trawling through social media and RSS feeds — a surprising number […]

February 06, 2014

Cron Job for Every Three Days

Previously, I talked about creating a cron job for the last day of the month. This time around, I’m going to show how to set a cron job to run every so-many days. We’ll use every three days as an example. If you know cron you’re probably thinking, “That’s easy!” Yes, it is. Here’s how […]

February 03, 2014

WordPress Is Still The Best Choice For Small Business Websites

For new small business owners, a website is a necessity. Tech startups get all the attention in the media, but the fact is that most small business startups don’t have a web technology expert among the founders. The plumbers, electricians, realtors, and consultants who form the largest contingent of new business owners usually don’t have […]

January 31, 2014

A New Perspective

Having been given an opportunity at Nexcess a while back, I’ve been able to work with Magento since it was in beta. That experience has given me the opportunity to connect with many ecommerce pioneers, and I’ve often found myself on calls discussing a technical matter with a client, but then found myself engaged in […]