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Adding a Favicon / Site Icon to your WordPress Site

Adding a Favicon / Site Icon to your WordPress Site

Chances are, you’ve bookmarked a site to re-visit it later. And, if you have, you’ve seen the small icon that shows up next to the site in your bookmarks. See the first three? No icon.  The final one, however does have an icon – called a ‘favicon’ associated with it.  WordPress, for a long time, […]

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Livestreaming – An Introduction

Livestreaming – An Introduction

Every morning when I get into the office, I fire up my laptop, grab some coffee, and immediately navigate to my favorite online streamer – MrHappy. A full time streamer, he – and thousands of people like him – make a living out of livestreaming himself playing games or practicing a creative art in front […]

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Encryption, WordPress, Terrorism, and the Modern Web

Encryption, WordPress, Terrorism, and the Modern Web

Editor’s Note: I try not to bring politics into my development discussions, but when they intersect, it’s always a good time for a teaching moment. If you leave a comment, be civil and follow the rules of having a good discussion, or I will outright delete your comments. There’s no room here for rude people. […]

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Upcoming Conferences to Consider

Upcoming Conferences to Consider

I love conferences. There is a certain vibe you can only get from being in a room with people who are just as excited as you about a subject.  And not just because there’s great speakers: some of my favorite times at a conference come from the “hallway track” – getting out of the session […]

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WooCommerce: Third Party API Calls At Checkout

WooCommerce: Third Party API Calls At Checkout

I’ve been doing a lot more WooCommerce work as of late. And with good reason – WooCommerce (as of the end of 2016) powers nearly 42% of all eCommerce stores on the internet. One of the biggest requests I have when working with WooCommerce is how to integrate a third party vendor into a checkout […]

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Local by Flywheel: An Overview

Local by Flywheel: An Overview

I’ve been using Vagrant and VVV with VV (a site creation wizard) for a while now as the cornerstone of my development workflow. I have customized my VVV quite a bit over the years, and – while I was happy with it – I was always on the lookout for something better to see if […]

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Twitch Conditional – A WordPress Plugin for Twitch Streamers

Twitch Conditional – A WordPress Plugin for Twitch Streamers

I love Twitch. I actually spend my work day with one browser dedicated to Twitch, and subscribe to MrHappy’s daily Stream. So when rumors surfaced a few years ago their API, of course I wanted a way to interface with that API. In doing research, I realized that a lot of streamers don’t have real […]

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Achievers & Gamification: “I Wanna Be The Very Best”

Achievers & Gamification: “I Wanna Be The Very Best”

Achievers in games want one thing out of their experience: to be the absolute best in whatever the game has in store. Whether it’s winning the top prize or beating the baddest boss, these players want to climb to the top of the pyramid of success.  Prestige, and the thrill of the achievement, are what […]

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Bartle’s Taxonomy: Understanding The “Players” In Gamification

Bartle’s Taxonomy: Understanding The “Players” In Gamification

We’ve learned that Gamification is the act of taking gaming principles and applying them to real world situations in order to modify behavior.  But before we jump in with both feet, there’s a few things we have to consider.  Let’s look at a few sample “players” – a term used to define the users we will be interacting […]

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