September 30, 2018 • Written by

Marketing To Your Tribe

Sitting on a plane, being able to write on my blog... technology is a beautiful thing, isn't it? I'm flying back from Chicago (by way of Charleston, SC) to Nashville. I had the opportunity to speak on Gamification at two very awesome (and very different) events: Digital Summit Chicago and Type-A Parent & Lifestyle Blogging…

December 4, 2017 • Written by

Getting into Gutenberg, Part 2: A Knee-Jerk REACTion (and an Introduction to Gutenberg Blocks)

I wrote yesterday on Gutenberg, WordPress' soon-to-be editing experience, as it was highly mentioned at WordCampUS here in Nashville over the weekend. Yesterday, I focused specifically on the outer facade of Gutenberg - movable blocks, layouts, and modular approaches to content. Today, we're going to look at the back-end. For a WordPress developer, this is…

November 25, 2017 • Written by

WordCamp US – In Nashville!

In less than one week, WordPress enthusiasts from all over the globe will converge on Nashville, TN for WordCamp US - the annual pilgrimage to celebrate, learn about, and meet others interested in WordPress. Nashville's been my home for over 10 years now, and has a very strong WordPress community here. I've been very privileged…

October 11, 2017 • Written by

High Ed Web 2017: A Hart(ford) for Higher Ed

[caption id="attachment_4232" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Some super awesome presenter talking about Docker at HighEdWeb. Man does that guy look handsome ;) photo credit HighEdWeb.[/caption] I've only been home for a few hours, but the lessons and memories of HighEdWeb 2017 are still fresh on my mind.  I feel like one of the few people on earth that…

September 17, 2017 • Written by

Ajax + jQuery: An Introduction

Since Twitch released their 'Twitch Extensions' SDK, I've been having a lot of fun playing around with different things I can integrate into Twitch's panels. I've build a WordPress Panel and I'm working on Tumblr and Instagram Panels (which require a lot more API work).  But the crux of everything I've been working on relies…

September 15, 2017 • Written by

WordPress, React, and The Future

On September 14, Matt Mullenweg announced that WordPress was rethinking its use of the React.js library due to Facebook's clarification on its patents. The short story: Facebook released React under a modified "open-source-ish" license (called BSD+Patents) that allow them to judiciously revoke the patent if a service violates the terms of service (specifically, if they…

August 21, 2017 • Written by

Totality

There are really no words to describe the feeling I had seeing the Eclipse today.  I could try to throw out words with empty meaning like "fantastic", or "magical", but they seem to fall flat when I think back and recall how I actually felt. Holly and I had decided early on that we wanted…

July 17, 2017 • Written by

Level Up Your WordPress Security

I had an amazing time speaking and networking at the #WPCampus Event in Buffalo this past weekend.  I was fortunate to be able to share some insight on the realm of Security, and make it (hopefully) more than a fruitless, confusion quest. First of all, here are my slides: https://www.slideshare.net/studionashvegas/level-up-your-wordpress-security And now, the caveats/prologues: I…

July 15, 2017 • Written by

WPCampus

I got a crash course in the world of "higher education" when I joined the amazing team at the Vanderbilt Web Communications department. Higher-Ed was a brand new world to me, and while a lot of the same issues carry over from "normal" web design, there's a whole different set of things to worry about.…

April 3, 2017 • Written by

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,…