21 Days to WP

Day 21: Self Education: WordPress Tutorials and Where to Get Good Help

“Take time to improve your knowledge and skills so that you can put a premium on yourself. You don’t have to be content in being simply a good doer if you can also become a great teacher.” ― Jan Mckingley Hilado, Rich Real Radical: 40 Lessons from a Magna Cum Laude and a College Drop […]

Day 20: Self Education: The Staging Site (try it on your computer first!)

As you get more familiar with WordPress, you will want to try and push the limits and see what you can do, both in terms of design and development. It’s easy to want to try new things on your site or even a client’s site, live and online. Reason However, you NEVER want to experiment […]

Day 19: Self Education: The WordPress Community, Who to Watch, Know and Follow

It should be pretty apparent by now: WordPress has an amazing community of people, developers and businesses all contributing to make the community and core of WordPress better and better. Reason There will be several people that you will want to follow and head the advice of. You might even want to hire them! Recipe […]

Day 18: Self Education: An Introduction to WordPress Frameworks

When starting on a new project, whether it is sewing a new dress together, building a cabinet, or baking cookies, there is always a preset pattern or even design that you use. You might change the fabic of the dress, or add dark chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate chips. However, the basic structure of […]

Day 17: Self Education: The WordPress Codex

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” ― Isaac Asimov It is hard to imagine sitting down and reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, much less the whole of Wikipedia. However, we make reference to these resources and others when we have questions about historical happenings, are curious about the way […]

Day 16: Functionality: Security Configuration

Backing up your website is a great, proactive way to make sure that your website and content will always be available in the case of some kind of hacker or malicious attack. However, it is also just as important to prevent those attacks from happening in the first place. Reason There are several default settings […]

Day 15: Functionality: Backup Configuration

Imagine waking up and finding that you website has been hacked, compromised, or your domain has expired and your website is down. Or, imagine that you’ve been messing with some PHP code and didn’t enter the code just right and now your website is broken! Reason There are several ways to break or crash a […]

Day 14: Functionality: Plugins 2: Five More Plugins

Your website is probably not ready to go right “out of the box”. There are different things that you would like for it to do that it doesn’t automatically do at the install with the standard features. This is where plugins come in. Reason There are so many different plugins, and so much your website […]

Day 13: Functionality: Embeding a Video

The beautiful thing about content on the internet is that it innately sharable. Web 2.0 formats have made it possible for easy sharing of media formats across different platforms. With HTML5, embedding is getting even easier. Reason YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google (yes, beating out Bing and Yahoo!). You will probably […]

Day 12: Functionality: Basic HTML and CSS (and CodeAcademy)

There will always be a few things that you want to get tweaked “just right”. While there are several ways to make site-wide tweaks, you might want to do this specifically per post or page. Reason Eventually, you’ll want to get familiar with HTML and CSS. It’s better to go ahead and try out small […]

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